The Language Portal of Canada: Supporting you in your job search
When you apply for a job, you want to make the best possible impression, not only to spark the selection committee’s interest but also to demonstrate how well you write. Have you thought about using the Language Portal of Canada’s resources to help you avoid language pitfalls and write more effectively?
The Language Portal is a website managed by Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Translation Bureau. You’ll find more than 23,000 pages of resources and tools in English and French, available free of charge. Since looking for a job is already a complex process in itself, let us guide you to the Portal’s employment-related resources.
Right from the start, you’ll want to stand out with a cover letter that will get people’s attention. Consult the Language Portal's Collection of Canadian Language Resources, where you’ll find several sample cover letters listed in the Writing resources—Resumés and job-related letters section. There are guides, templates, videos—a wealth of information for this first step in your application process.
Once your cover letter and resume are complete, why not review your text by checking out Language Navigator? This Portal search tool helps you find tips on grammar, usage, punctuation and more. Just type the word or phrase that matches your query into the search field, and with just one click, you'll get a list of resources to consult. For example, in a cover letter, you may want to confirm the use of capital letters in job titles. By entering “capitals” and "titles" in the search field, you’ll get 10 hits, including one from Writing Tips. Remember that a good first impression depends on a high-quality application!
Do you use terms in specialized fields and wonder whether you’re using them correctly? Go to TERMIUM Plus®, one of the Language Portal of Canada's flagship products. It’s one of the largest terminology and linguistic databases in the world. You’ll have access to millions of terms in English and French. Many terms in specialized fields are also provided in Spanish and Portuguese.
Now that you know that the Language Portal of Canada can help you in your job search, visit it today, and discover other equally interesting features, such as the Official Languages Hub, language-related quizzes and the Our Languages blog. Stay up to date on Portal news by subscribing to The Portal Weekly, a weekly newsletter that keeps you informed of additions and updates to the site.