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Newcomer to Canada? Here Are 9 Tips on Getting a Job

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"Do you want to immigrate to Canada for work? Finding a suitable job must be your next step! Gaining employment in Canada might prove a little bit trickier and different than back in your home country. "
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  May 26, 2021
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Do you want to immigrate to Canada for work? Finding a suitable job must be your next step! Gaining employment in Canada might prove a little bit trickier and different than back in your home country. 

Finding a job has become even more difficult due to the ongoing pandemic and its effects on small businesses and the labor market. It is important to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in your sector to not miss any opportunities.

Here Are 9 Tips to Help You Navigate the Job Market in Canada as a Newcomer

     1. Update Your Resume and Your LinkedIn Profile:

Your resume is your first impression. It is the first thing that a recruiter gets to know about you. Therefore, it must be striking and perfect. Canadian resumes are formatted in a traditional way highlighting your areas of expertise and work experience. 

It gives the recruiter a lot of information at first glance and doesn’t waste their time. It is important to tailor your resume based on the kind of job you are applying for. It helps to look up the organization and see what kind of work they do and the kind of skills they are looking for. This will help you make some last-minute changes to your resume to make it stand out from the rest. 

Another thing to remember is to write a cover letter for your resume. A well-written cover letter has proven to help your case with the recruiter and make a lasting impression. 

Make sure that you have a PDF version for online submissions.

Make sure that your LinkedIn shows your accomplishments and your responsibilities in previous roles and companies. You can network within LinkedIn as it’s a social media network for professionals and businesses. Your LinkedIn profile is the digital resume. Companies still require uploads of your resume when engaging with their job postings.

     2. Narrow Your Search:

Thousands of job openings are posted every day on Canadian job search sites. It would be extremely time-consuming and overwhelming to apply for all of them. Therefore, it is important to narrow down your search based on your interests and skills. 

It might take time to find the perfect field for yourself. Meanwhile, you can take time to know your area of work and find the best-suited career for yourself. Your job search can also be narrowed down based on the province you want to settle down in.

You can research the best industries available in the city you want to live in or the region in Canada most ideal for your situation and apply for the field that has the most opportunities. For example, as an IT worker, would you prefer to live in the province of British Columbia or Alberta?

     3. Job Search Websites:

To find the perfect job in Canada, it is important to know about certain job-listing websites like:

  • Government of Canada Job Bank: It is the official Canadian job-listing website. Here you can find essential positions in the Covid-19 listings.
  • Immigration Resources: The Canadian government has all the required immigration resources on a single page that will guide you on how to get your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and get your educational credentials assessed. 
  • Beyond that, Google Search is your friend and you’ll be able to find any site or anything that you’ll need to help you.

You can also find job listings on the following websites:

    4. Get Better at Networking:

Job search websites aren’t the only way to look for jobs in Canada. There are social media platforms such as LinkedIn that can connect you with working professionals from the same field and help you build your professional connections. LinkedIn is also full of recruiters looking for fresh talent. Therefore, it is best to start with an engaging profile. You can also get your fellow professionals to endorse your profile to build credibility. Meetup.com could be useful for networking and continued learning as well. There are virtual meetups that happen through Zoom and other video conferencing tools.

Even during the pandemic, social media sites have made it easier to connect with people. You can set up an online meeting with a working professional to get to know your field of interest better and how to find a job opportunity in your area of work. Additionally, google hosts several virtual networking events to connect with people in your career niche. 

     5. Get Strong Endorsements:

Having a good relationship with your past employer can help you get a new job. Recruiters value references and letters of recommendation from previous employers as it reflects on your value as an employee. You can also ask close friends and family members to connect you with a potential recruiter. It’s all about getting your resume to the right person to score your desired job. 

     6. Brush Up Your Interview Skills:

It is always a good idea to brush up on your interview skills while looking for a job. A good interview holds the power to get you the job in the final stage. If you manage to impress your employer in the interview, you have a better chance of getting the job. 

You need to be careful about how you present yourself. The way you dress says a lot about you as an employee. Even if it is an online interview, present yourself professionally. Converse engagingly and do not overthink about what to say next. It is okay to make mistakes as long as you stay in control of what you say. 

     7. Get Accredited: 

As a foreign national and depending on your profession, you may be required to get your education, certification and work experience accredited according to Canadian standards. This is to ensure that your education and work experience are equivalent to Canadian standards. 

     8. Applying During the Pandemic:

The pandemic has made it harder to find a job in Canada. However, job postings are recovering and returning to normal across several industries. Still, finding a job during the pandemic will require you to get a little more creative. 

You might want to consider how your skills and experience apply to other fields. This is the best time to strengthen your networking skills and prove to the employers that you can be the best asset for their company. Employers need assurance that their employees will stay productive even when working from home. 

     9. Keep Persistency: 

It may take time to secure the position that you want. The secret is to keep at it and keep trying. Persistency will take you places. Keep updating your resume, network and apply for new positions. Devote your time to finding the best job for yourself in the Canadian job market. 

Securing a job in Canada can be a long process. However, that is no reason to lose motivation. Canada is full of amazing opportunities and people, you will find yourself adjusting to the new norm sooner rather than later.

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