Finding a job is hard enough, but finding a job as a newcomer to Canada can feel impossible. Where do you even start? What kind of jobs are available to newcomers? How can you stand out amongst the competition?
The good news is that there are many resources and organizations dedicated to helping newcomers find employment in Canada. In this blog post, we will explore some of the best ways to find a job as a newcomer to Canada.
Start with a positive attitude
The first step to finding a job is having the right mindset. Believe in yourself and know that you have the skills and abilities to succeed in the Canadian workforce. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself and your skillset—you are your own best advocate!
Research the Canadian labour market
Before you start applying for jobs, it’s important to have an understanding of the Canadian labour market. What are the current trends? What skills are in-demand? What is the average salary for your desired profession?
Once you have a good understanding of the labour market, you can start tailoring your resume and cover letter to reflect the needs of employers. Start by researching Occupations in demand across Canada on Job Bank.
If your occupation isn’t listed as being in-demand, don’t fret! There are still many ways to find employment in Canada. For example, some industries are currently facing skilled labour shortages due to retirements or expansions.
You can learn more about these shortages by visiting CareerOneStop. Even if there isn’t a shortage in your desired profession, many companies are willing to hire newcomers if they have the right skillset.
Network, network, network!
One of the best ways to find a job—or any opportunity, really—is through networking. Attending events, introducing yourself to people in your industry, joining professional organizations, and building relationships.
Get your name out there and let people know what you’re looking for! You never know who might have a lead on the perfect opportunity for you. Not sure where to start? Check out some networking events happening near you on Eventbrite.
Utilize job search engines and social media Job search engines like Indeed, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor are great resources for searching for employment opportunities. You can also use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to connect with prospective employers and learn about open positions within their organization.
Consider government-funded programs: The Canadian government offers many programs and services to help newcomers find employment in Canada. These programs provide things like funding for language training, help with resumes and cover letters, settlement services, mentorship opportunities, and more!
To learn more about these programs, visit the Government of Canada website. follow @cicnews or @Jobs_gc on Twitter for updates on upcoming programs and services offered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
Don’t forget about temp agencies! Temp agencies are great resources for finding both short-term and long-term employment opportunities across various industries—and they frequently work with newcomers!
To learn more about how temp agencies can help you find employment, check out this blog post from our friends at Maxima Consulting. No matter what stage you are at in your job search journey, remember that there are many people and organizations willing to help you succeed.
With dedication and perseverance, finding gainful employment in Canada is within reach!
Conclusion: If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you’re either already living in Canada or are planning on making the move soon. Regardless of which camp you fall into, finding gainful employment is likely one of your top priorities—and rightfully so!
Your ability to secure stable employment plays a large role in determining your quality of life here in Canada. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help newcomers find employment—you just need to know where (and how) to look!