Client Testimonials

"What an informative and rich discussion session it was on women’s sexual health and well-being here at Newcomer Community Integration’s workshop at JobStart. Thank you Anna Cioff from Immigrant Women’s Health Center Toronto for being this amazing speaker, and huge accolades to our participants for their contributions to making this workshop an enriching experience for everyone. Thank you!"

- Newcomer Community Integration Program workshop participant

“I am a 17 year old high school student; before coming to JobStart I did not have any paid work experience. I was job searching on my own for a summer job, with no results. I met with JobStart Job Coaches and joined the Youth Job Link program. Through their support, encouragement, and on-on-one coaching, I learned key job search strategies, such as preparing for an interview, and within two weeks I was successful in finding summer employment in customer service. ”
- Youth Job Link Graduate


"I heard about JobStar's TRIEC Mentoring Partnership program while attending a Project Management Course event for newcomers at a university in Toronto. I am an architect by education and my JobStart Job Coach matched me with a Mentor from my profession. Within a few months I was successful in finding employment as a building official. Thanks a lot JobStart team!"
- TRIEC Mentoring Partnership Graduate


“I was actively job searching on my own, without success. I met with a JobStart Job Coach and Job Developer who helped me find my current job. JobStart's staff contributed significantly towards improving my job search, interviewing skills, self-development, and job readiness that prepared me for the success of securing employment as a Receptionist at a retirement home for seniors. I have since made recommendations about JobStart's services to associates who were looking for jobs.”  
- Employment Services Graduate


“As a person with a disability, I was struggling connecting with employers. I registered with JobStart's Capability Program and attended four weeks of Enhanced Employment Assistance Services and completed a 12-week work placement in a related industry. JobStart staff made a difference because of their expertise in pre-employment skills (resume, cover letter, interviews, workplace expectations, etc.), and their employer network, connections, and negotiations on my behalf. I was successful in finding employment allowing me to develop new skills that can be transferred to future employment opportunities in my field.”
- Capability Graduate

Employer Testimonials

"At StickerYou Inc. we are able to trust JobStart to provide us with qualified, diverse candidates for our job openings; due to the professional processes they have in place. Clients come to interviews prepared and ready to work. JobStart makes getting talented job candidates easy and the staff are so kind."

- StickerYou Inc. (JobStart's Employer of the Year 2018)

"JobStart is a pleasure to work with and has a very professional approach. They are able to recommend the right people for the right job. We were able to hire a large number of individuals for all departments and were able to retain them long term."

- Sobeys Queensway #7383 (JobStart's Employer of the Year 2017)

"We have found great talent through working with JobStart; we are 100% satisfied with our experience. It has been a win-win situation for the Atron family."

- Atron Electro Industries Inc.

"JobStart's staff have outstanding business ethics, are customer oriented, and provide responsive, prompt, and efficient recruitment services. JobStart provides pre-screened qualified candidates, finding us awesome matches for the jobs we are looking to fill. Korex Canada has also benefited in working with JobStart by attending their Job Fairs."

- Korex Canada 

"As a result of working with JobStart, VersaPet was able to successfully hire General Labourer employees through JobStart's Job Fairs and referrals. The candidates were qualified and eager to find employment. From start to finish, JobStart competently facilitated us in all of our recruitment needs. It was a pleasure to work with JobStart's Job Developer."

- VersaPet

"JobStart was able to match Paramount Fine Food's hiring needs with qualified candidates who have the right experience and potential. As a result, our business has been able to elevate our team of part-time employees to full-time employees, providing better quality service in our place of business. JobStart's employment training subsidy was very beneficial to us when hiring and training new employees. The team at JobStart's understanding of our HR needs and referring pre-screened candidates is IMPRESSIVE."

- Paramount Fine Foods in Liberty Village

Employer Testimonial - David Shankman

Board Members' Testimonials

"JobStart makes dreams a reality by helping thousands of immigrants, persons with disabilities, and other at-risk groups everyday with employment and settlement. I am proud to be a part of this organization. Please contribute generously."

- Rehan Sharif

"By the time clients have picked up the phone or walked through the doors, they have applied for many, many jobs with little or no success. JobStart strives to understand each client and their particular challenges to help them develop a plan of execution in an environment of care and respect."

- Sindy Goodman

"I am alaways reminded of the caring and thoughtful people on staff doing pivotal work for our community. JobStart is front and centre in helping those in needachieve economic empowerment."

- Janet LeClair

" My favourite thing about JobStart is the stores of triumph our clients tell us. It usually goes "I couldn't get work, I found JobStart, my counsellor helped, now I'm working, and it feels great. The story doesn't get old because we all feel a certain level of dignity when we work and our communities are better for it."

- Tosin Akinwekomi

"I am so proud to serve as a Board Member for JobStart. The work they do to help people find success in their job path and in their lives is immeasurable, and when I hear a client talk of their experiences with JobStart it brings tears of joy to me. Please help JobStart so that they continue to offer these services."

- Lauralea Mast

Staff Testimonials

"Over the past 21 years working at JobStart, I have had the pleasure of witnessing many clients' growths and successes. I have had the honour of seeing clients gain the confidence and job search skills required to be successful in finding employment. One thing that has always been a constant in the years that I have been with JobStart is our dedicated JobStart staff; they truly care about their clients' success in finding employment."

- Diane Moore, Executive Assistant

"My favourite thing about working at JobStart is how valued I feel. JobStart assumes the best of their employees and this trust has made me more comfortable, successful, and ambitious at work. This supportive attitude absolutely extends beyond our employees, to the clients we serve and the greater community."

- Christina Atkinson, Business Development Assistant

"I love what I do and feel blessed to have this position. I can relate to what my clients are feeling; the pain of leaving everything behind, their current insecurities, and their dreams. Having firsthand immigrant experience enables me to make a meaningful connection with my clients and serve them with respect, compassion, and understanding. Please support JobStart, so we can continue to deliver specific, targeted, and effective services."

- Hasita Shah, Settlement Counsellor

"Through the Employment Accessibility, Transitions for Youth, and Capability programs, I have been able to support persons with disabilities find and retain employment. To see a client overcome years of unemployment, homelessness, and other barriers to entry, then secure a job, creates an indescribable feeling of joy and is my constant source of motivation."

- Denyse Ramjit, Manager of Programs and Services


"JobStart encourages and supports employers by enhancing their hiring practices to accommodate persons with disabilities."

- Jonathan John, Coordinator of Programs and Services

"I feel a great sense of achievement when a client is successfully placed and the employer sees past their 'disability' to instead value the strong skills, abilities, motivation, and diversity that they bring to the role and organization."

- Mary McAuliffe, Job Developer

"JobStart staff are able to guide newcomers through the maze of finding their first job in Canada, offering support in strategic job search, resume building, interview preparation, networking, mentorship programs, and building self-confidence. We are your job search cheerleaders!"

- Rebecca Newton, Manager of Programs and Services

"The Mentoring Program at JobStart has connected me to wonderful newcomer professionals looking to re-establish themselves in their field in Canada. The success my clients and students have achieved over the past 20 years gives me immense pleasure and joy, inspiring me to do what I do."

- Kathleen Leon, Mentoring Coach and previous ESL Teacher and Job Developer

"We practice what we preach on a daily basis. Our future-oriented vision coupled with our personalized programs allows us to always provide our clients with the best resources, support, and opportunities. We are the team of people who are always in motion! Join us and Support the Future!"

- Lucy Kenzina, Job Developer

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December 24, 2019

JobStart is thrilled to announce the seventh cohort of our employment program for older adults, starting on January 15! This weekly six-day workshop/networking series will focus on a wide variety of job-related topics: understanding the job-application process, starting a new career, dealing with potential interview challenges, and much more! If you are 50-70 years old and unemployed, contact us to register for this exciting and worthwhile job-readiness program catered specifically to older adults: Artan Mustafa – a.mustafa@jobstart.org | 416-231-2295 x5727.

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December 20, 2019

JobStart Mentoring and Women’s Settlement programs held a dynamic networking event: The Importance of Self-Motivation. Barbara Wilson, keynote speaker combined with our round table leaders shared insightful, career advice. Wishing all our participants success in 2020. Thanks to @Manulife  and @ONTrillium  #networking #women #refugees #supportwomen #careerdevelopment #mentoring

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December 07, 2019

A huge thank you to the United Way Greater Toronto Day of Caring and the staff from BMO - Bank of Montreal who volunteered their time and expertise at our Mock Interview event on November 27th, 2019. What a memborable day for both our JobStart clients and the staff from Bank of Montreal. 
“The feedback we received was extremely relevant and the mock interviews were encouraging and reassuring. This was a good real-life experience in giving interviews for us.” - JobStart client
“The people from BMO were excellent performing the Mock Interview, they were very helpful giving tips and many general recommendations after the mock interview and during the networking session. I am so glad I came.” - JobStart client
#newcomers #jobsupport #interviewcoaching #UnitedWayofGreaterToronto #BankofMontreal

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