With focus and motivation, it’s possible to find the right jobs in Canada for you. It’s important to plan thoroughly so you can accomplish this crucial part of the moving process.
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, so you can plan for success.
1. Your Resume (or ‘CV’)
Ensure you have carefully read our Resume Format in Canada section before sending your resume to employers. 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 when applying for jobs in Canada.
When you’re called for an interview, prepare using our article on the 57 interview questions you could be asked. If you’d like a professional to review your resume and point out where it could be improved, consider our Resume Evaluation service.
2. Be selective
In many professions, responding to ads in the paper and over the internet are the least effective ways to find jobs in Canada. Be selective in your job search. Do not blanket bomb 30 companies with the same resume and cover letter, as managers in 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 applying for jobs in Canada.
Tip: Hand-written notes are seldom seen nowadays, so use them to differentiate yourself.
4. Get strong endorsements
It’s easier to find jobs in Canada 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 jobs 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.