If you are immigrating to Canada through a program that doesn’t require a job offer, finding a job is probably one of the first things you need to plan out to do upon your arrival.
This will enable you to get to know Canada and its culture better while helping you adjust to the Canadian way of life more easily.
However, you might find that job hunting in Canada is different from your home country.
The process might differ from what you are familiar with, although the employers will most likely be looking for what employers typically look for in their applicants—skills, experience, and knowledge in the field they are applying for.
The good news is that employers in Canada welcome immigrants and appreciate the cultural diversity that workers from outside the country bring with them.
Below are some suggestions to help you find a job in Canada easily:
1. Plan your move based on your field of specialty.
If you are still in the process of planning where to settle permanently in Canada, be sure you take your field and your skills into account when making the decision.
Choose a place that offers more opportunities for your specific industry. If you’re a teacher, for instance, move to a city with big schools and universities you can apply in.
Choose an area that offers high pay grade for your profession. Because you’ll most probably stay in your first city for a long time, it’s better you plan these things out properly.
2. Strengthen your professional online network.
Most new arrivals in Canada who are not yet familiar with the layout of the cities, the location of buildings and streets, or the means of commuting from place to place, often conduct their job search through the Internet.
If you plan to do this, be sure that you have a strong online profile that will convey your expertise in your field of specialization. Join online groups in your field, network with similar professionals, and leverage on your connections in finding employers and marketing yourself.
3. Get Canadian Accreditation for Your Profession.
You might be a licensed teacher in your home country, but your license will need to be converted to its Canadian counterpart so that you can work in the said profession when you arrive in the country.
If your current license does not meet its Canadian equivalent, you can get more training until you reach the Canadian standard. You can even start the training before your move to Canada so that you will be ready to work upon your arrival.
4. Tailor Your Resume to the Canadian Format.
Although your skills and experiences largely determine your employability, there are employers who are particular with the way the resume is presented, and some of them will ignore resumes that do not follow the usual format. To be sure yours don’t get thrown in a wastebasket before getting read, make it in the same format that Canadian resumes are presented. You can do your search online to find out how this resume looks.
5. Tailor Your Resume to the Specific Job You’re Applying For.
A generic resume is almost always likely to be ignored. And while a large number of applications sent everyday might increase your chances of getting an interview, you are better off sending a few customized resumes that show employers you took the time to look into their company and match your application with what they specifically need.
6. Work Towards a Successful Interview.
A job interview may be done online (via Skype), through phone, or personal. They key here is to be confident and sincere. You need to show your employer that you have the right skills, and you need to show sincere interest in the company you’re applying in.
Showcase your knowledge and skills. Demonstrate your experience. And ask the right questions. Grasp of the language is very important here. English is a must, while French is an advantage (especially if you’re in Quebec).
Those who are moving to Canada will do well to start searching for prospective employers and doing the preparations in advance even before the move to Canada. This will ensure that you’re way ahead of the job search and will be advance in the search by the time you arrive in the country.