Finding Employment in Canada

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Finding employment in Canada is the most crucial part of the moving process. It’s important that you plan thoroughly, as finding employment can be tricky unless you are focused and motivated. These tips have been compiled for you based on our experience and lots of feedback from our loyal contributors. Please read them, understand them, and apply them, as they could be crucial to your success.

General Advice
Vancouver Public Library (VPL) Services
Telephone screening interview
Informational Interview

Getting Started Guide — 6 Steps to Job Success in Canada

Don’t forget to download the Moving2Canada Getting Started Success Program today. This guide will give you exclusive access to our proven techniques for accelerating your job search in Canada. It’s a free comprehensive guide aimed at making your move a success.

Our guide will opt you in for free, relevant updates on immigration developments. We highly recommend you keep up-to-date – as anyone will tell you, changes happen regularly that can affect your move.

General Advice:

  • Do not send your resume out to any employers without ensuring you have carefully followed our Resume Format in Canada section. Poorly written resumes will hinder you from making an impact. Read these tips carefully, ensure you understand the objective, and apply these simple concepts to help your resume impress an employer. Your resume is the all-important first impression, so don’t fall short at this crucial first step.
  • In many professions, responding to ads in the paper and over the Internet are the least effective ways to find employment. Be selective in your job search. Do not blanket bomb 30 companies with the same resume and cover letter, as companies talk. This is a common mistake that people make. Networking, cold calling, and informational interviews are much more effective ways to distribute your resume.
  • Always ensure you have a contact for the company and follow up within a week of submitting your resume to show your interest. “Thank-you” emails after an interview set you apart from other candidates.
  • Leverage LinkedIn. It’s a fast-growing social media tool, so set up your online resume and network as recruiters and employers are using this tool every day to source candidates. Learn tips and tricks on how to be successful with LinkedIn.
  • Finding employment in Canada is always easier if you have strong references. Try to obtain employment references from your home country beforehand and provide them, but only if relevant to the role.
  • Effective networking allows you to gain useful insight and gain crucial contacts, both socially and professionally. Research networking events for your profession or ask contacts how best to meet more people in your field.
  • Remember, over 50 percent of positions filled never get advertised publicly, so don’t sit at home waiting for that job to come up. Networking is crucial to finding employment in Canada. Read our Networking 101 article or tips on how to use informational interviews to expand your contacts. You need to get your name out there across your industry so that when a job comes up, you are in position to be called in.
  • Get the word out to all of the local contacts you have that you’re looking for work, and always look to build new contacts as it’s crucial to your success in a new city.
  • One way to expand your local network of contacts (and get that all-important Canadian work experience on your resume) is to volunteer. Go to to find volunteer opportunities where you can meet people across all sectors of society.
  • Never turn down an offer of help. Be proactive and determined. Email/telephone the person who offered you help the next day and be sure to thank them for any guidance they’ve provided.
  • Hand-written notes are seldom seen nowadays, so use them to differentiate yourself.
  • Keep an eye on our Facebook page and our Outpost Recruitment jobs board as we post upcoming networking events that may be of interest.
  • Your profession may require your foreign qualifications to be accredited in Canada. Professions such as teaching, physiotherapy, nursing, and social work, among others, usually require additional accreditation. This process can take up to six months so do your research and plan ahead.
    CIC advice on credential assessment
    List of regulation bodies for professions and trades across all provinces

Vancouver Public Library (VPL) Services
Vancouver Public Library holds information sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:30-4:00pm each week. The talk goes through what you need to know and do for job hunting in Canada. It also points out the facilities the library has to help you in your search.

Telephone screening interview

Here are some useful tips for passing the telephone screening interview:
Passing the telephone screening interview

Informational Interview

The informational interview is a very important tool for you to use in finding employment in Canada. It’s a popular way of networking within your industry in Canada. Read our tips for a successful Informational Interview.

Remember: Make sure you keep up-to-date with latest immigration developments, because changes happen regularly that can affect your move. Download our Getting Started Guide to get free updates.

Looking for construction or engineering work? We’ve recently rebranded the Moving2Canada Recruitment agency under the name Outpost Recruitment.

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