Tips to help you find a job quickly in Canada
When people are getting ready to move to Canada, one of the most important things on their to-do lists is to find a job. Most people don’t speed up their job search until they move and get settled. Did you know, though, that you don’t have to wait until you get to Canada to start looking for a job? You can look for work before you even get there!
If you have a permanent resident visa, recruiters and hiring managers will be more than happy to talk to you to see if you’re a good fit for a certain role. Having these conversations while you’re still in pre-arrival will give your career the boost it needs to take off once you move.
It can take a lot of time to look for a new job. In this article, we’ll talk about a few ways you can speed up your job search before you even get to Canada. This will help you take advantage of opportunities as soon as you get there.
Here are 5 things you can do before and after you move to Canada to speed up your job search.
1. Make your resume better while you wait
a) Getting certified
In Canada, there are two types of jobs: those that are regulated and those that are not. To be able to work in a regulated field, you need to be certified and/or have a license. Most jobs in healthcare, engineering, accounting, and the law in Canada are regulated, and you will need a certification or license to work or do your job.
For some jobs, you might be able to start the process of getting certified before you move. To find out if you need a certification or license, go to the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) website and enter your National Occupational Classification (NOC) code and province/territory OR go to the Occupation Trends page on the Canadian Job Bank website.
b) Learning a new skill or strengthening existing skills
In Canada, it can be hard to get a job. So, it’s a good idea to look into different online courses to improve your knowledge and marketable skills. This will help you get ready for the job market and set you apart from the other candidates. You could check out Lynda, Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, Microsoft Technical Certifications, Microsoft Office Certifications, Hubspot Academy, and Microsoft Technical Certifications.
c) Building your portfolio and online presence
Starting a blog is also a good way to show potential employers your writing skills, your knowledge of the industry, and the things you’re passionate about. You can start a blog for free on platforms like WordPress, Blogger, and Wix.
People who want to work in creative fields like design or art usually need to have a portfolio. Building a digital portfolio is a great way to get employers interested in you. Putting together portfolios, samples of your work, or starting a blog that you run yourself are all great ways to stand out. Behance, Dribble, Adobe Portfolio, Crevado, Flickr, Coroflot, and PortfolioBox are all sites that people often use to make digital portfolios.
d) Taking up freelancing work
Look for freelance or remote work/volunteering opportunities with Canadian employers. This will help you get Canadian experience even before you move there. Sites like UpWork, Fiverr, Jobboom, Jobillico, and Jobspresso are good places to start looking for these kinds of jobs.
2. Set up custom job alerts
Have a clear idea of the kinds of jobs that fit your experience and skills, and make a list of possible job titles. Have this list ready when you start looking for jobs online. Most job search sites let you set up alerts and send them to your email, mobile phone, or both. Putting in this one-time effort to set up the alerts will save you time by keeping you from having to run a new search each time. This way, you can continue to get job listings in your inbox.
Tip: When setting up a job alert, pay attention to the search parameters. Location, how often alerts are sent, and the date the job was posted are all important ones that shouldn’t be missed.
3. Create different versions of your resume and cover letter
You must have a resume and cover letter in the Canadian style. But don’t just make one version. Instead, make a few different versions that are tailored to the roles you want to apply for. This will make the online application process go faster.
You can speed up your job search by using our free Canadian resume and cover letter templates.
4. Be active on job-search websites and Start networking
NewsNowgh is a very popular way for recruiters and job seekers in Canada to find work. So, keep your profile up-to-date and tailor it to the role or position you want. Also, like, comment on, and share posts that are relevant to your industry and that are popular. And follow companies where you’d like to work. If you do these things, recruiters and hiring managers who are looking for people with your skills and experience will notice you.
5. Look for a mentor who lives in Canada.
As a newcomer to Canada, a mentor—a Canadian working professional or industry leader—can help you adapt your skills and experience to the local job market and find relevant opportunities. Mentors and coaches boost careers. So start early.
Mentor before joining LinkedIn. Request career advice on your profile. After that, browse profiles of mentor-ready professionals, experts, and leaders in your field. They have easy-to-access profiles.
Ten Thousand Coffees. Create a profile and browse mentors and networkers. Ask friends for coffee or informational interviews. The site has “hubs” to find people by skills, industry, university, college, or company networks.
Start your job search at the Canadian government’s Job Bank. It lists jobs and analyzes markets. Visit SimplyHired, Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, Workopolis, CareerBuilder, and LinkedIn Jobs.
If you have a permanent resident visa but haven’t been able to move due to the pandemic, many companies are moving to remote work. Contact recruiters with your resume.
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