Preparing for a job search in landscaping
For a general discussion of preparing for a job search in Ontario, see the many articles and external links in the Strategies section of this website.
For job searches in the landscaping sector, also consider these sector-specific suggestions:
Consider searching the job boards most often used by employers within the GTA in the landscaping and horticultural sectors:
- Filter results by job title, location, distance, salary Estimate, and job Type (full-time; part-time; contract; permanent; temporary).
Specialized English vocabulary
- Become familiar with the specialized terminology in English of these sectors. See article: Specialized English work vocabulary – Landscaping.
- Be prepared to answer sector-specific questions an employer may ask, including:
- What kind of materials has the applicant worked with in the past?
- Bring any available photographs of past work that the newcomer has completed. If photographs of the newcomer’s own work are not available, consider bringing photographic examples from websites found through Googling.
- Be sure to visit the website of the landscaping/horticultural company and be able to demonstrate an understanding of what the particular business does and have questions to ask, such as.
- What amount of soft or hard landscaping does the company do?
- What is the routine in a normal day or week?
- How varied would the work assignments be?
- What would be the best opportunities for learning new skills?
- What are the backgrounds of the other crew members that the newcomer would be working with and what is their level of English?
- Where would the newcomer fit in one of the company’s crews?
- What opportunities would there be to continue improving English?
- What do the company’s employees do during the winter months?
- What measures does the company take to ensure safety?
- How variable are the work hours?
- Are a driver’s licence and a car required?
- When do the employees normally take their vacations?