2. Be selective In many professions, responding to online job ads is not a truly effective way 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 to each other. This is a common mistake. 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. These marginal gains can add up to getting a job in Canada.
4. Get strong endorsements It’s easier to find jobs in Canada if you have strong references. Try to obtain employment references from previous employers in your home country or other countries you have worked in, but only if relevant to the role.
5. Use the tools available to you Leverage LinkedIn. This social media tool for professionals is effectively your online resume and network. Recruiters and employers are using this tool every day to source candidates for jobs in Canada. 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, most available jobs in Canada never get advertised publicly — this is the so-called hidden job market — so don’t sit at home waiting for that job to come and find you. Networking is crucial to finding jobs in Canada. You need to get your name out there across your industry so that when a job comes up, you are in a 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.
7. Being open to help
Never refuse an offer of help finding a job in Canada. Be proactive and determined. Email or pick up the phone to thank the person who offered you help or guidance.
8. Get started
Your profession may require your foreign qualifications to be accredited in Canada. Professions such as teaching, physiotherapy, nursing and social work, among others, often require additional accreditation. This process can take a while, so get ready.
9. Trust – you deserve to be.
Moving to a new country is a challenge. Finding work in Canada when you have to build your support network from scratch is also difficult, but you can also do it!
It’s important to believe in yourself throughout the process – and make sure others know that you also believe in yourself. Check out this helpful TED talk about how small adjustments to your body language can help.
10. And finally…
Remember our advice on not turning down help? Check in your local library, as many organize regular sessions with tips for getting jobs in your area.
For more help, you can make use right now, our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), Andy Rodriguez is here to guide you through the immigration process.