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Employment Services for Job Seekers

Get free career counselling to help you find a job and arrange for accommodation.

Services for Job Seekers

Our employment consultants specialize in the unique needs of adults aged 16 and over who are deaf or hard of hearing to help you find a job and succeed at work.

What we offer

Our services are free of charge to job seekers aged 16 and over and are available at 15 CHS locations across Ontario. [link to Locations at bottom of page] Employment Services at CHS is the largest service of its kind in Ontario and we have years of experience and partnerships with employers province-wide.

Career counselling and job search training

Our experienced employment consultants can communicate in the language of your choice and provide help with:

  • job search challenges related to hearing loss
  • career planning
  • résumé and cover letter services
  • leads and referrals to potential job opportunities
  • preparing for interviews
  • arranging an interpreter [link to Interpreting Services page] or live translation of speech to text (CART@chs) for your interviews

[link to CART page]

Support on the job

We have expertise in counselling, technology and workplace accommodation to help you succeed at your job. We can work with you and your employer to:

  • find assistive technology and communication devices such as TTYs (text telephones) [link to eStore]
  • identify and implement appropriate workplace accommodations for a barrier-free work environment
  • offer communication workshops to your co-workers
  • help find solutions to communication barriers

Employment resource centres

You can visit one of our CHS locations to access: [link to locations at bottom of page]

  • job listings
  • university and college information
  • local training information
  • computers and Internet
  • TTY and fax machines for job search correspondence

FAQs for job seekers

[link to FAQs for Job Seekers page/content]

Here are the answers to some of your most common questions. [link to FAQs for Job Seekers page/content]


Tips for finding a job

Here are some useful tips for finding employment:

  • Adapt your résumé for different jobs. Make sure your résumé highlights the skills needed for the job you are applying for. Don't submit a graphic designer résumé for a Web developer job, even if graphic design is part of Web development.
  • Write a new cover letter for each job application. Most job descriptions list desirable attributes and qualifications. Use that job description to write a cover letter and describe how you match those qualifications and why you would be a good candidate. Keep it short and concentrate on the most important attributes.
  • Identify employers who are a good fit. Identify and research employers who will be a good fit for you and network with them. Then develop your résumé and cover letter to highlight the skills and attributes they are looking for.
  • Use job boards. Create accounts on job boards such as Workopolis (link to, (link to ) and Job Bank (link to ). Many of these sites notify you when jobs become available that match your skills and preferences. You can also check Jobs at CHS. [link to Jobs at CHS]
  • Practice your interviewing skills. The more you practice, the more comfortable you'll be in an interview. You can also plan and prepare the best answers to a variety of questions.

Why choose Employment Services at CHS?

Our focus is on the unique employment challenges of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Other services for people with disabilities may not have our knowledge base and expertise working with a wide range of hearing loss in the workplace. We can also address the needs of people with literacy challenges and deaf immigrants whose first language is not English or ASL.

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