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.
1. Your Resume (or ‘CV’)
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.
2. Be selective
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.
3. Be enthusiastic
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.
Tip: Hand-written notes are seldom seen nowadays, so use them to differentiate yourself.
4. Get strong endorsements
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.
5. Use the tools available to you
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.
6. Learn how to network
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 per cent 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 in Canada 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. Visit GoVolunteer.ca to find volunteer opportunities where you can meet people across all sectors of society.