Competency Category:

22.1 – Work with Employers to Create Job Opportunities

Purpose & Context

Career Development Professionals (CDPs) work with employers and other community stakeholders to create employment opportunities for clients.

Effective Performance

Competent career development professionals must be able to:

  • P1. Identify local labour market needs, for example:
    • Review labour market information
    • Attend business and industry events, e.g. conferences, job fairs, employer-related networking opportunities
    • Consult professional network, e.g. HR, health professionals, educators, trainers
    • Meet community service organizations, e.g. settlement agencies, associations
    • Sign up for employment-related news alerts, e.g. construction of new infrastructure, anticipated hiring for new
      retail warehouse
    • Contact prospective employers to inquire about work and experiential learning opportunities
    • Meet with employers to identify skill shortages
  • P2. Identify gaps in community services that prevent access to work, e.g. transportation service, daycare, medical
  • P3. Work with community associations to address gaps in services
  • P4. Identify list of potential employers best matched to client profiles
  • P5. Meet with employers to present service offerings, such as:
    • Assistance in workforce planning, e.g. help develop recruitment and selection strategies, estimate future skills
      demand, assess current capacity, conduct job analysis, identify job requirements
    • Development of new employment opportunities and innovative employment options, in alignment with provincial,
      territorial and federal law, e.g. internships, volunteer work experiences, on-the-job coaching, customized
      training and development, job shadowing
    • Information sharing on government-funded services and programs, e.g. wage subsidy, employment training, adaptive
      and assistive technologies, tools and equipment, job crisis intervention services
    • Support recruitment and selection efforts, e.g. select clients best fit for work requirements from database
    • Ongoing support of referred clients, e.g. job maintenance strategies, support on issues and challenges during
  • P6. Develop service agreement
  • P7. Initiate contact between client and employer, e.g. schedule a pre-interview meeting

Knowledge & Understanding

Competent career development professionals must know and understand:

  • K1. Workforce planning, e.g. key principles, tools and resources
  • K2. Labour market requirements and trends
  • K3. Legislation and regulations relevant to employment, e.g. Human Rights Legislation, Canada Labour Code, Privacy Act,
    Workers Compensation Act, Employment Standards, Occupational Health and Safety

Contextual Variables

Competent career development professionals must be able to perform this competency in the following range of contexts:

Depending on their local situation, CDPs may build many relationships with potential employers or work closely with a small number of key employers

Glossary & Key References


Industry-specific terms contained in the standard defined here, where applicable.

Workforce planning: identification of workforce needs and strategies to meet business objectives.

Information Sources and Resources for Consideration


Context Rating Scales


Q: What is the consequence of a professional being unable to perform this skill according to the standard?

Moderate risk: CRITICAL


Q: How frequent and under what conditions is this skill performed?

Routinely, regular course of procedure

Level of Difficulty

Q: Under routine circumstances, how would you rate the level of difficulty in performing this skill?

Moderate difficulty or complexity

Time Required to Gain Proficiency

Q: What is the average length of time or number of repeated events that are minimally necessary for an individual to become proficient in performing the skill to the standard?

A career development professional requires a minimum experience of working with at least 40 different employers to develop work opportunities for clients.


Practitioners typically perform this competency without supervision, and alone.


It is unlikely that this competency will automate.

Requisite Work Aids, Tools, Equipment or Materials


Career Development Professional Centre

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Our Purpose  

Thank you for being a part of the online CDPC social learning community. To ensure that all members have the best possible experience, we have a few ground rules that we ask everyone to adhere to. This code of conduct applies equally to every person in the community and is intended to foster an online space that is inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all. 

Community Rules 

Be welcoming 

We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. We aim to create and facilitate a community that promotes excellence and innovation in career and workforce development. Please extend respect to all members; we all come from different backgrounds and levels of knowledge and there is no such thing as a stupid question. 

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Group Admins 

There are four group admins who are available to you. Below are their names and their spoken language. 

Heather Powell | Anglophone 

Gabrielle St-Cyr | Francophone/Anglophone 

Florence Desrochers | Francophone/Anglophone

Muriel Andoblé-Yao | Francophone

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