Job hunting tips for Newcomers
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Newcomers to Canada are disadvantaged when it comes to job hunting. They generally don’t know the market and aren’t familiar with companies in their industry. Finding jobs in Canada is stressful enough without the added pressure of being in a new country and not having any professional contacts.
Job hunting tips – Before coming to Canada:
# 1 Do some research:
Research the Canadian job market. Look at the major cities unemployment rates versus jobs in Canada and which cities have the most jobs listed in your field. When you research the companies related to your line of work, look at the culture of these companies to get an understanding of the type of people they are looking for. This step is very important for Newcomers to Canada.
#2 Work on your social media:
Make sure all of your social media accounts are up to date and most importantly, employer appropriate. Restrict access to your Facebook account so that outsiders can only view your profile picture. Build up your business connections on LinkedIn and start endorsing others to get reciprocal endorsements. Update your LinkedIn profile to show that you are seeking jobs in Canada.
#3 Put together your resume:
You make your first impression with your resume so it’s very important to get it right. Employers will pass over your resume for many different reasons for example; poor layout, spelling, grammar, too short/long etc. For more information on resume tips see our Resume Writing Tips.
#4 Post your resume:
Post your updated resume on resume banks and allow Employers to find and contact you about job vacancies. List your resume on RoseRecruitment Resume Bank go to Submit Resume.
Register on job hunting forums, request to connect with recruiters on LinkedIn and like their Facebook pages to keep informed on their latest news and updates. Like and follow us at RoseRecruitment. Networking is key for newcomers to Canada.
#6 Obtain a criminal back check:
Many Employers require a recent criminal back check from your home country before you can be officially employed. You may have already completed a criminal back check for your work permit but make sure you get a copy and that it will still be active for at least three months after arrival.
Communication is a big part of any job whether that be with colleagues or clients. If English is your second language it’s important to practice as much as possible. As the first step in the interview process is more often than not, a phone conversation, it is imperative that you can effectively communicate over the phone.
Job Hunting – Now that you have arrived:
#1 Get a new phone number:
This may seem very obvious but it’s important. You will need a Canadian cell phone number so that you can be contacted by potential employers. Most Recruitment Consultants will not call an overseas number therefore, make sure you update resume with your new cell phone number before applying for any jobs in Canada.
#2 Start your search:
Go to the websites of the companies you might like to work for and see if they have any jobs listed on their career pages. If you aren’t having much luck finding jobs listed in your preferred field then consider applying for a different position with those companies. Even though you may not land the ideal job the first time you have an opportunity to gain some Canadian work experience and build a name for yourself in the company, so when the position you really want becomes available you will have a better chance of getting the job. In addition do job searches on all of the major Canadian job sites and apply, apply, apply.
Volunteer work is a great way to gain valuable Canadian experience and potentially make some good contacts. Work hard, be friendly and make friends! You never know what line of work your fellow volunteers are in or the kind of contacts they may have.
#4 Attend Career fairs:
Career fairs are a great way to network! Dress the part, make several copies of your resume and speak with as many potential employers as possible. See our Events page for up coming hiring events in your location.
#5 Use all available resources:
There are several government agencies set up specifically to assist newcomers to Canada sharpen their interview skills, polish their resumes and find work so take advantage of the services they provide.
#6 Register with Recruitment Agencies:
Working with Recruitment Agencies can make job hunting easier! Find local recruitment agencies that specialize in hiring candidates in your field. Send them your resume, wait a few days then give them a follow-up call and let them know you are looking for work.
Finally, if you would like further assistance or advice please register a RoseRecruitment candidate account and check out our Job Seeker Tips page.
#7 Starting at the bottom:
If you aren’t having any luck getting a job in your field, you have the option of starting in a company at entry level and working your way up. The job market is highly competitive in Canada and many companies hire from within for positions above entry level. Canadian experience goes a long way and you can always continue to look for work while employed.
#8 Refine your interviewing skills:
Practice interviewing as much as possible; attend interviews, practice with friends and family etc. Looking up common interview questions relevant to the types of positions you are applying for and have answers ready.