Graduates around the world looking to enter the labour market and give themselves the best possible career opportunities could do a lot worse than consider moving to Canada. Graduate jobs in Canada come in all sectors, across a diverse range of cities.
Moreover, Canada’s economic immigration programs place a strong emphasis on higher education, making it easier for graduates to settle in Canada. And even if arriving as a permanent resident is not an immediate option, graduates may be able to begin work in Canada on a work permit before transitioning to permanent residence at a later stage.
These top tips will help graduates plan for success as they embark on their Canadian adventure.
1. Canadianize your resume
While searching for graduate jobs in Canada you will need to provide a typed resume. You will need to adapt to the resume format in Canada and present your experience and skills in the local way. Knowing how and when to use it is also essential; tailor the content to fit each job description and make yourself stand out. Resumes that outline duties, but ignore value, won’t get you far. Quantify what you brought to your previous jobs in real, numerical terms. Get excited about what you have achieved — if you can’t, then no employer will.
2. Use LinkedIn
LinkedIn allows you to organize your professional connections, build an online presence and leverage common connections with other members of your network. The purpose is to build connections that can assist you in meeting your professional objectives. Whether you are searching for a job, keeping up to date on your field, or looking to advance your career, you will find LinkedIn can help you achieve your goal.
Also ensure that you clean up your social media presence. Those photos of the crazy booze-fueled weekend last year and the expletive-filled Twitter war you had with a C-list celebrity should really be deleted.
3. Use the phone instead of email
It’s always more difficult to get someone’s attention by email, so use the telephone or meet in person where possible. When you do need to use email, don’t be afraid to follow up as people are busy and it’s important to show people you’re keen to get their help. Work on your phone manners and always be clear, sincere and engaging.
4. Informational interviews
As you search for graduate jobs in Canada, don’t feel shy about contacting and meeting people in your industry.
The informational interview is an important tool for you to use in your job hunt, as it’s a popular way of networking within your industry in Canada. You will be amazed at how friendly and open people will be to meeting with you if you take the chance and ask. An informational interview is essentially the art of leveraging or making a new contact within your industry and getting together to learn more from this person about how this sector operates. It’s a casual interview where the end goal is to learn about how your industry works in Canada and increase your chances of finding employment. Getting informational interviews set up requires research and networking, and together these form part of a coordinated job search strategy that will work.
5. Print business cards
Fumbling around with your phone or pen and paper looks unprofessional, and the person with whom you are speaking is unlikely to contact you as a result. It’s cheap and easy to have a batch of business cards made up, so once you have a local phone number you can get them done. Keep it simple — number, email, address, full name, profession — and always keep a few on your person (in your wallet or purse, for example). Going for a walk? Bring cards. Heading out for a drink with a friend? Bring cards.