Navigating the employment market in an unfamiliar country can be extremely challenging. But with a lot of hard work and a little perseverance, you can find a high-quality, fulling job in Canada.
Depending on where you are coming from, the Canadian job market may look quite different from what you’re used to. The good news is that there are many programs specifically designed to help newcomers find a job in Canada.
Check out local resources for new immigrants as they will be able to assist with career-related questions and can also offer community support as you adjust to your new home.
Almost any job you apply for will request a resume (sometimes referred to as a curriculum vitae or CV). This is simply a summary of your education and past work experience, usually accompanied by a brief description of your goals within that organization.
After applying for a job, your resume may filter through several hands before a decision is made on whether to call you for an interview. Therefore, your resume needs to stand out. It must be extremely well-written. It’s also helpful to include an employer-specific cover letter providing a little more information about yourself, your experience, and why you would be a good fit for the position.
However, it would be best if you didn’t depend on online job postings alone. It’s essential to also invest in building up your professional network. As much as 85% of the Canadian job market is referred to as the “hidden” job market, meaning that open positions never get posted. To secure one of these positions, you need to have connections that alert you of upcoming openings.
Networking is a very big part of life in Canada both socially and professionally. You can begin to build your network by attending industry-sponsored networking events and through social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook.
You can also leverage your Canadian contacts to get the word out that you are looking for work. Don’t be aggressive about asking for a job, however, let them know that you have experience in a related industry and are currently looking for opportunities.
If you don’t have an existing network of contacts, one way to grow one is by volunteering in your community. Not only is it a great way to gain valuable Canadian work experience, but it’s an excellent opportunity to meet people from a diverse range of backgrounds many of whom might have started in a position similar to yours.
Some professional jobs in Canada require Canadian accreditation even if you have years of experience working in another country. Accreditation can take a while and may involve taking courses and passing an exam but having it will make getting hired in your field much easier.
For more information on how to get accredited in your field, reach out to your industry’s local professional regulator body.