Finding Jobs in Canada

With focus and motivation, it’s possible to find the right jobs in Canada for you. It’s important to plan thoroughly so you can accomplish this crucial part of the moving process.

These tips have been compiled for you based on our experience and lots of feedback from our loyal contributors. Please read them, understand them, and apply them, so you can plan for success.

1. Your Resume (or ‘CV’)

Ensure you have carefully read our Resume Format in Canada section before sending your resume to employers. Poorly written resumes will hinder you from making an impact. Read these tips carefully, ensure you understand the objective, and apply these simple concepts to help your resume impress an employer. Your resume is the all-important first impression, so don’t fall short at this crucial first step when applying for jobs in Canada.

2. Be selective

In many professions, responding to ads in the paper and over the internet are the least effective ways to find jobs in Canada. Be selective in your job search. Do not blanket bomb 30 companies with the same resume and cover letter, as managers in companies talk. This is a common mistake that people make. Networking, cold calling, and informational interviews are much more effective ways to distribute your resume.

3. Be enthusiastic

Always ensure you have a contact for the company and follow up within a week of submitting your resume to show your interest. “Thank-you” emails after an interview set you apart from other candidates applying for jobs in Canada.

Tip: Hand-written notes are seldom seen nowadays, so use them to differentiate yourself.

4. Get strong endorsements

It’s easier to find jobs in Canada if you have strong references. Try to obtain employment references from your home country beforehand and provide them, but only if relevant to the role.

5. Use the tools available to you

Leverage LinkedIn. It’s a fast-growing social media tool, so set up your online resume and network as recruiters and employers are using this tool every day to source candidates.

5. Use the tools available to you

Leverage LinkedIn. It’s a fast-growing social media tool, so set up your online resume and network as recruiters and employers are using this tool every day to source candidates.

6. Learn how to network

Effective networking allows you to gain useful insight and gain crucial contacts, both socially and professionally. Research networking events for your profession or ask contacts how best to meet more people in your field.

Remember, over 50 per cent of positions filled never get advertised publicly, so don’t sit at home waiting for that job to come up. Networking is crucial to finding jobs in Canada. You need to get your name out there across your industry so that when a job comes up, you are in position to be called in.

Get the word out to all of the local contacts you have that you’re looking for work, and always look to build new contacts, as it’s crucial to your success in a new city.

One way to expand your local network of contacts (and get that all-important Canadian work experience on your resume) is to volunteer. Visit GoVolunteer.ca to find volunteer opportunities where you can meet people across all sectors of society.

7. Be open to help

Never turn down an offer of help. Be proactive and determined. Email/telephone the person who offered you help the next day and be sure to thank them for any guidance they’ve provided.

8. Get accredited

Your profession may require your foreign qualifications to be accredited in Canada. Professions such as teaching, physiotherapy, nursing, and social work, among others, usually require additional accreditation. This process can take up to six months so do your research and plan ahead.

9. Be confident – you deserve to be.

Moving to a new country is a challenge, but you’ve accomplished it! Finding jobs in Canada when you have to build your support network from scratch is also tricky, but you can accomplish this too.

It’s important to believe in yourself throughout the process – and to make sure others know you believe in yourself too. Watch this useful TED Talk on how small adjustments to your body language can help.

 

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