One of the the most difficult parts about moving to Canada is finding jobs. It can be a slow process, requiring a lot of perseverance, patience and determination. This section is aimed at providing you with a general overview of the different types of jobs in Canada, as well as tips on how to go about finding jobs in Canada.
The most important tip we can give you is that in Canada, a lot is about who you know. You are more likely to be considered for a job if you are referred by someone already working within the company. Networking is key. So what’s the best way to create a network of contacts if you’re new to a city? Start by building your contact base right away through volunteering, joining sports clubs, societies, and attending networking events. Attend Meet-ups and Networking Events.
The process of finding a job in Canada is quite formal, irrespective of whether the job is casual or professional. If you are looking to find career-related work and not just casual hospitality or tourism work, which is more easily obtained, it is common for people to have to send several applications to potential employers before getting their first interview. Allow yourself 3-6 weeks, if not more, as companies will not always get back to you promptly.
We cannot stress enough the importance of having a well-prepared resume that sells you to potential employers. Ensure that you have your resume proofread by peers and follow our guide to the resume format in Canada. Do not underestimate the power of a great resume.
Sign up to LinkedIn as recruiters and employers all use this social media website for sourcing candidates. Be prepared to attend networking events to make connections that will assist your job hunt. We have connections established through contacts at many companies across various sectors, so maybe we can refer you and help you get that all-important interview.
If you have any effective job hunting tips, please feel free to share them with us and help others increase their chances of finding employment in Canada. Additionally, if your employer is hiring please ask them to contact us and we will put their job posting on this site for free.
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.
List of regulation bodies for Professions & Trades across all Provinces
Some useful resources:
Workopolis (National job board)
Monster (National job board)
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada job bank
Eluta (New jobs in Canada)
Federal Government job postings
Craigslist (Beware when using Craigslist and Kijiji: there are a lot of bogus job advertisements posted by people who will ask you to send them your resume only to turn around and sell your resume to recruiters)
Indeed (Job search sites crawler)
Wowjobs (Job search sites crawler)
@BestJobsInVan on Twitter
Working.com (Job postings in Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers)
Van Net Classified (Job postings in local papers)
BC Government job postings
University of British Columbia job postings