It’s no secret that if you’re coming to Canada as an immigrant, you may need to get a job to further your career and to pay for basics such as housing. Unfortunately, getting a good job in your field can be a challenge, since currently, only about one in four immigrants get a job which matches their qualifications.
The job market for Canadian immigrants can be intimidating, but there are things you can do to help you land work which is a good fit for you and allows you to build a new life in Canada:
1) Work on your skills.
You will need English or French language skills to work almost anywhere in Canada, and some jobs want bilingual candidates. Work on your language skills if you need to and make sure you have the certification and education you need for your job. If you have education or certification outside of Canada, you can get your credentials assessed, which is important if you want potential employers to recognize the career work you have already achieved.
In addition to your Social Insurance Number (SIN), your skills, and your certification, work on your soft skills, too. Keep in mind that company culture can be different in Canada. Observe workplaces around you as a customer and keep in mind how workers speak to customers and to each other. Notice how different professionals dress in the workplace and consider a mentoring program or professional networking group to improve your chances of landing a job and to get information about company cultures.
2) Prepare your resume.
When you apply for jobs in Canada, you will need to have a resume which lists your work experience and education. You will also need to have a cover letter which explains why you are the best candidate for the job. You can find books on preparing resumes and books about job hunting at your local library. You can also find examples of resumes online.
3) Improve your odds by applying in the right places.
Immigration Direct has a list of the places in Canada where immigrants have a good chance of getting a job. You may wish to read national and local newspapers to help you understand the local and national job market, so you can understand what jobs and locations are currently seeing the most job growth.
4) Consider volunteer work or bridge work.
Getting work experience in Canada can help show employers you have the skills needed to succeed at work. The Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) is one program which can help you gain job experience in Canada. You can also take on volunteer work or take on jobs outside your field to get some experience in the job market.
5) Get assistance.
Immigrant-serving organizations can help you look for a job, write a resume, and answer job ads. The government of Canada also has a website with more resources about finding a job as an immigrant. You may also wish to work with a mentor, who can answer your questions and offer advice about your career and industry.
6) Look for jobs and apply for work.
You can find jobs by going directly to company websites. Look for a “careers” or “work with us” page. You can also check online job search sites, speak to family and friends about companies where they work, and apply with recruiters. Be sure to create a profile on LinkedIn, an online platform which lists job opportunities and allows you to contact employers.
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