Thanks to Lana Montgomery for providing this insight into Marketing, PR and Events jobs in Canada.
Note: This article is written for marketing jobs in Vancouver, British Columbia, but the advice is applicable for marketing jobs in Montreal, marketing jobs in Toronto and all across Canada.
For those looking for work in the marketing jobs in Canada, as well employment information on the PR or events industries, here are several steps and useful hints that may help you land your dream job.
As soon as you arrive — or better still, a week or two before you arrive — use Google, Linkedin and Vancouver business directories to come up with a list of companies in these or related fields.
Come up with a short, concise email that really sells your skill set and experience level. You don’t necessarily need to send your resume at this point.
Don’t go into too much detail but see if they would be willing to meet you for a coffee to discuss how the Vancouver [insert particular field of work] industry works.
Some people who own small businesses or know how hard the job market can be may be willing to help you out or at least provide knowledge on the market. This gives you a foot in the door to give them a call later that week following up on your email.
Keep in mind that they probably won’t have a position available at that exact time, but they may know someone who does or have something coming up in the future. Also note that the job hunt in Canada takes time, particularly in this field.
If you are on a working visa and you want to be up front about the duration of the visa dates it is a good idea to explain that you are able to extend this. Make it clear that you see your career developing in Canada. Companies are naturally wary about hiring you if you may need to leave in a few months.