Most of us here at Moving2Canada were on a working holiday in Canada once upon a time, and because of our current jobs, we’re in touch with the current crop of working holidaymakers every single day. We’ve pooled our knowledge to tell you about some simple things that will make your time in Canada more enjoyable, more successful, and more affordable.
So, let’s dive into those life hacks for working holidaymakers in Canada!
You can claim back loads of your taxes
We can probably agree that tax isn’t the most fun subject in the world. But do you know what is fun? Having an extra $1,000 cha-ching-ing its way into your bank account. That’s around the average tax refund working holiday participants receive when they file their Canadian tax return, but you really need to know your way around Canada’s tax system to get the full refund you may be entitled to. An expert like Taxback.com can help with that.
Think, act, and speak long-term when meeting a prospective employer
In a job interview, words matter. Being on time matters, of course, as does knowing your own resume inside-out, having a good handshake, making eye contact, and wearing something appropriate. But what you actually say matters as much as any of that, if not more.
When you meet with an employer for an interview, the employer will be looking at hiring you as an investment in the success of the company; if the company hires you, there will be some sort of training period and then you — the employee — will keep learning new skills on the job. If you walk out the door weeks, or even months, later, the employer has to start all over again. Because of this, your chances of getting a job will plummet if you can’t address the fact that you may have only 24 or 12 months (or less) left on your work permit. So be prepared to address it, and preferably in a way that doesn’t make you seem needy.
Bad: ‘I’m in Canada for a year. I’m not sure how long I’ll be in Toronto, but I think I’ll be here for a few months anyway.’
Still bad: ‘My work permit is valid for another year or so. I’d love to stay in Canada and have already looked into how I can do that. A couple of my friends got help from their employer for a work permit, so I was wondering if you could help me with that too.’
Good: ‘My work permit is valid for another year or so. I’d love to stay in Canada and have already looked into how I can transition to permanent residence. I’ve already booked [or passed] my language test to get the ball rolling, as I don’t want to have to leave Canada for any period or rely on my employer for assistance.’
Of course, these interview techniques will only matter if you can get the interview in the first place. See our resume guide for advice on how to use this crucial document to win interviews.