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Databases (Library card required)

Business Plans Handbook — Collection of hundreds of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.

CareerAIM CdnFlagSmall.gif (897 bytes) — Canada's largest single source of job postings. Includes job boards, industry job sites, corporate websites, Usenet, newspapers, and all levels of government postings. Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries branches. 

Career Cruising — Whether you might be just beginning to explore the world of work as a preteen, student or retiree, or whether you are looking to make a career change, Career Cruising has tools to help. Includes career profiles, employment guide, job postings and more.

EBSCO — A collection of databases including Academic Search Elite which offers full text for more than 2,000 journals, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed titles. This multi-disciplinary database covers virtually every area of academic study.

JobFreeway — Job search, post your resume or search for job candidates for BC. Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries branches.

Learning Express — Comprehensive database of practice tests and tutorial courses. Includes job search skills, computer skills (Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe), TOEFL, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, as well as professional exams, and exams for elementary-high school students. Library card login and new users will need to register for a free account. Need more information?

Reference Canada CdnFlagSmall.gif (897 bytes) — Comprehensive database of 1.5 million Canadian businesses, great for market research and job hunting. Search by name, industry, location, business size, phone, etc. (up to 5 users at a time).


Websites

Careers

Education


Top Sites — Job Postings

BCjobs.ca BC job postings, searchable by job category and location, with a range of resources.

Wowjobs.ca Wowjobs includes a Salary Search, Canada Job Trends, Email Alerts and RSS Feeds. Apps available for the Android and iOS platforms.

Job Bank Nationwide job vacancies found at government Service Canada centres.

Monster.ca Provides access to career opportunities from across Canada, and the world; includes employer profiles, and such job search tools as an online resume builder and resume posting service.

Workopolis.com Canada-wide job listings, with job search guidance on resume writing and interviewing.


More Job Postings

Agricultural Labour Pool Recruitment and job seeking assistance service for both employers and those seeking employment.

City of Surrey Career Opportunities Postings from the City of Surrey, including professional employment and summer student opportunities.

EduJobs Higher education, university and research jobs in Canada.

Federal Government Postings (Public Service Commission) Links to the main Public Service Commission Jobs site, to jobs open to the public, students and recent graduates.

HCareers Search engine for jobs in the hospitality industry across Canada

Job Postings in Arts & Culture From the Alliance for Arts & Culture.

Job Sites Compiled by the Surrey Whalley Work BC Employment Services Centre, listings of the best job sites for various fields, including Customer Service, Trades, to general job sites.

Municipal World Jobs across Canada in the municipal sector.

Transportation Careers For job seekers in the transportation and logistics industry, with information on transportation related careers.


Career Information & Training

BC Job Trend Tracker From BC Government, makes finding labour market information and finding information on careers much easier

Employability Skills: Conference Board of Canada Guide to employability skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to participate in today's work world.  

Industry Training Authority Apprenticeships and industry training in BC.

Virtual Employment Resource Centre  Tools and resources for Job Seekers, Career Explorers, and to help prepare for life and work, from PCRS.

Skilled Immigrant Information Centre From the Vancouver Public Library, with guides to a wide range of occupations.

WorkBC BC's online guide to employment resources, with information on job searching, career planning, and more.

Working in Canada From the federal government, toolkit with information on job descriptions, wages, skills, language training and job opportunities


Labour Market Information

Canada's Top 100 Employers Every year, chooses top 100 employers to work for in Canada, rated on various criteria.

The Career Directory Profiles Canada's best employers for recent college and university graduates, and matches degrees or diplomas with employers needing people with those qualifications  

National Occupational Classification (NOC) Search the NOC for occupational information.

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System Search Look up SIC codes that classify business establishments; useful for job search.


BC Colleges & Universities

ApplyBC BC Post-Secondary Application Service.

BC's Public Post-Secondary Institutions Directory of all public post-secondary colleges, universities, and institutions in BC with links.

Education Planner Guide to public post-secondary education in British Columbia with a database of programs offered by post-secondary institutions.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University With campuses in Surrey, Langley, and Richmond

Native Education College Private college for aboriginal students, providing Adult Basic Education, skills training, and university transfer.

Open Learning through Thompson Rivers University

Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC Lists private accredited and/or registered post-secondary institutions in BC.

Richmond International High School and College For off-shore students who wish to pursue British Columbia high school graduation certificate.

SFU Surrey


Canadian Colleges & Universities

Campus Access.com A Canadian guide to colleges & universities.

Campus Connection A great resource and portal to participating Canadian colleges and universities.

Canadian Schools Directory Canadian trade schools, colleges, and universities directory.

Schoolfinder.com Information on universities, colleges and career colleges in Canada, including admission requirements, programs and contact details.


Continuing Education

Surrey School Board Adult Education Academic secondary school completion and upgrading, as well as English language skills.

Surrey College From the Surrey School Board, affordable career oriented, accredited programs.

Vancouver Community College Continuing Education


ESL (English as a Second Language)

Agameaday Thousands of games, puzzles and related materials designed to stimulate learning.

Dave's ESL Café Comprehensive listing of resources, discussion forums, quizzes, etc.

Englishpage Free online English lessons and ESL/EFL resources.

ELSA ELSA is basic English training for adult newcomers to Canada and is funded by the government. It is free for students. See this site for the Directory of ESL Courses in BC.

ETS (Educational Testing Service) listings of English language tests.

Guide to Grammar and Writing Provides links to grammar and other resources for writing.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Website for this English language assessment system used at many academic institutions.

Langara English Test (LET) Langara College's English test, measuring ability to write and comprehend English.

Language Proficiency Index (LPI) Website providing information on the LPI, used by post-secondary institutions and professions to assess English skills.

ManyThings Fun study site for ESL students including word games, puzzles, slang, proverbs and more.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Searches include pronunciation, etymology and built-in thesaurus.

Quizzes Self-study quizzes for ESL students.

TestMagic Provides online tests and study aides for such tests as the TOEFL, GMAT, GRE, and others.

TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language site.

TOEIC Information on the Listening and Reading Test, and Speaking and Writing Test

Your Dictionary.com A list of more the 400 online English & other language dictionaries.


Homeschooling

A to Z Home's Cool

BC Home Learners Association

BC Home School Association

BC Homeschool Information Pages
(including local support groups in Surrey, Langley, Delta and the Fraser Valley)

Canadian Home Based Learning Resource Page


Other Educational Resources

Braintrack University Index Links to over 5,300 universities, colleges, and technical schools in 152 countries.

BC Curricula BC School curriculum guides for K-12.

BC Provincial Exams Grade 12 provincial examinations, requires Adobe Acrobat to view.

BC Transfer Guide

Canadian Virtual University ®(CVU) "A partnership of universities across Canada, committed to delivering university-level programs [university degrees or certificates] that can be completed from anywhere... "

CanLearn Interactive A comprehensive site about learning opportunities and career options in Canada.

Distance Studies A comprehensive resource of distance learning programs from colleges, universities, and online schools in Canada and the USA.

Education Planner Guide to public post-secondary education in British Columbia with a database of programs offered by post-secondary institutions.

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Financial Opportunities for Students From the BC Ministry of Education.

Grad Source A comprehensive resource profiling graduate programs and schools across North America.

Kumon North America

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

QuizMeBC Interactive engine designed to help British Columbian students practice for provincials.

Scholarships Canada

SLiP Canada's gateway portal to documents for school libraries originating in Canada.

Teachers' Tutoring Service BC Certified tutors


Tests for Specific Careers

Canadian Border Services Test Information booklet for the test used to select candidates for border services positions.

CELBAN Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses.

Learning Express Database of practice tests and tutorial courses, including tests for various occupations such as firefighting, nursing plumbing and more. Library card login and new users will need to register for a free account.

Practise Tests Online Resources for assessing and developing your skills, and standardized test resources.

Public Service Commission Practice Tests Prepare for the Public Service Commission's General Competency Tests, the Graduate Recruitment Practice Test, and the Office Skills Test.

RCMP Police Aptitude Battery (RPAB) Includes link to Preparatory Guide.