Received your documents to immigrate to Canada? Wondering about your next steps and worried about Job opportunities in Canada? You may have a few flutters in your stomach. That is okay. Moving to a new country may look daunting, but you can make it a smooth ride by being prepared.
Anyone moving to a new country will have multiple things to do before starting the journey. But one thing that comes atop is finding a job in Canada. Perhaps, you, being a proactive and organized person, have searched online for jobs in Canada.
Getting the right job, a job that matches your skills, experience, and expectations are what everyone wants. Irrespective of what you have read and heard from other immigrants, every newcomer will have unique experiences finding a dream job. The only common thread is that it takes time and effort.
Is It Challenging To Find A Job In Canada?
The fact that you have received an invitation to apply for permanent residency proves that there is demand in Canada for your skills. However, be mindful that it takes time for new immigrants to find the right job in Canada. You canFast track your career connection, and find your first job in Canada by preparing yourself well.
Time a critical factor in your search for a job in Canada. The earlier you start, the better will be the learning process. And faster will be your job connection. Start your job search process while you are still in your native country, much before you start making preparations for your journey to Canada.
New Immigrant? Here’s How to get a job in Canada
Five key actions will help get a job either before you make your landing or immediately after landing in Canada. These actions will save a ton of time and effort. When you arrive in Canada, there will be other things that will occupy your mind and time., For example, finding a school, finding a house, preparing children for their new school, many things will eat into your mind space. By starting your job search-related activities as early as you can, as I said earlier, even when you are still in your native country, you are taking a big chunk off your job search process.
Identify Which Jobs Are in High Demand in Canadian Provinces.
Before you start looking for a job, you must find out where your skills are in demand and in which province you stand a good chance of getting a job quickly. This is where the National Occupational Classification (NOC) kicks in. NOC begins even before you apply for express entry to Canada.
NOC is a standardized system implemented by the Canadian government to identify individuals’ professions. If you have already applied for immigration, you already know your NOC. It is a critical element that has helped you get past the immigration gates. It will help you understand the job opportunities for your profession and determine where which province has a good demand for your skills.
Canadian provinces are looking for skills that fulfill their labor market needs. A little bit of research will tell you which NOC is in demand in which province. If you are immigrating under a federal express entry, understanding the demand and supply situation will help you decide the province that offers the best career options and to settle in. If you have applied and have been accepted under a Provincial Immigration Program, you already know that your NOC is in demand in that province.
Add Qualifications and Skills to Your Resume.
Canadian employers love to see certificates and qualifications on your resume. Once you identify a province that offers the best job opportunities, identify the skills and qualifications in demand with employers, and try to obtain those qualifications, so you can add value to your resume.
Since getting certificates to add to your skills take time, it is best to consider this early on in your immigration journey. Check out The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) to find more about the credentials that Canadian employers recognize.
Show that you have current knowledge in your area of occupation by getting a certificate. Try to obtain credentials from North American, or better still, Canadian Universities. Most universities offer online courses, and it should not be difficult to add value to your resume. The more credentials you show on your resume, the better your chances of getting the right job.
Get Your Credentials Evaluated
One task that takes time is getting your credentials evaluated by an authorized agency. Most Canadian employers would want to see that an authorized agency has assessed your education certificates. You could use two well-known credentials evaluation agencies: the World Education Services, WES, and ICAS. These agencies work with the universities that you have studied in, get them to authenticate your certificates, and provide you a credential evaluation. Depending on how many documents you have, a credential evaluation can become expensive, and the process takes time. Of course, you can save time by applying for credential evaluation early on. If you are yet to start your journey to Canada, you can even touch base with your university and get the whole process done very quickly.
Check out the WES Canada website, use their free tools to see what your degree is equivalent to in Canada, and apply to get an evaluation done.
Identify Managers Who Can Speak to Your Work.
Having job references is an important thing that can swing the process either way. A good reference will turn the balance in your favor.
All employers will need references to collaborate on what you are saying on your resume, and Canadian employers are no exception. Most employers ask for two references. Though most interviews with references happen on email, there may be some who might call on the telephone. If your references are outside Canada, make sure that you mention the time when they are available for calls on your reference sheet. Also, make sure that your references are ready to take the call whenever they receive one.
Talk to your manager and their manager and make sure that you have good references ready to vouch for your skills.
Prepare a List of Online Job Sites in Canada; Create an Email Alert.
We talked about online job portals, which you should check regularly. Canadian employers use portals such as indeed.ca as well as professional platforms such as LinkedIn to post jobs. Besides, they post on their websites. Searching online for jobs should be a top priority for anyone looking for a job in Canada. Systematically approach the whole process and bookmark the sites. Create profiles and alerts based on the location, industry, and jobs you are looking for.
- Shortlist the organizations in your industry; Check their websites and, if allowed, create an alert for job posts.
- Prepare a list of online job sites focusing on your niche and create alerts.
- Create your profile on staffing agencies’ websites and set up alerts.
- Set up a time table to check those sites regularly.
Research proves that candidates who submit applications early on stand a better chance of being called for an interview. Take a cue and submit your application on day one of its posts. Research the companies and be prepared for the interview.
Where to Look for Support for Jobs in Canada?
If you tapped into your family and friends network in your native country, in Canada, it would be organizations and networks that you can tap into to find support. You can find help through:
- On line forums of newcomers to Canada, forums of professionals. Identify which one is aligned with your profession and become a member.
- Participate in online networking events. One such example is virtual meetups. Events like these will help you build your network even before you arrive in Canada.
- Enlist yourself to receive support from an immigrant-serving agency that focuses on jobs for newcomers to Canada. Since the government funds these agencies, their services are free for newcomers. They provide services like Canadian Workplace Communications workshops, Language classes, and provide opportunities to network. Some of them work with large employers such as the banks and have regular job fairs. Most of these agencies offer their services online and have included online mentoring too.
- These agencies do not provide you a job. But, they help you fast-track your career connection. One example would be supported to write a resume and cover letter that works for the Canadian market.
- To find your first job in Canada, consider registering on some select staffing agencies. They offer positions on a contract that can start as a short term contract and pan out to become a long term opportunity.
Photo by Cytonn Photography on UnsplashWe do hope you find these tips helpful in your job search journey in Canada. There is no need to wait to apply for a job until you make your landing. You can apply online even before you arrive, and line up some interviews. Who knows? You might also be lucky to get a Skype interview and a job!
All the best!