How to get a job in Canada
If your goal is to obtain a job offer with sponsorship for work-visa, followed by permanent residency with a reputable company in your interested field, then here are some career planning strategies that may help.
Canadian Employment Sponsorship now takes longer and a bit of paperwork., but each year Canada grants almost 90,000 work- visas. According to Canada immigration laws, international students with visas are eligible to work full-time for one year after they graduate as part of their practical training. Upon completion of the practical training, international students must be sponsored by an employer to continue working in Canada.
Employers must sponsor international students to obtain an work visa, which allows students to work in Canada for one to six additional years. International students planning to work fulltime after graduation in Canada need to begin the job search process at least two semesters before graduation.
You will also need to become familiar with the Canadian job search process. The key to landing a job is diligence and developing an aggressive job search strategy to increase your chances of finding a good job in Canada. As it’s true that international students have some disadvantages when entering the job market.
Not mastering the official languages can be a serious obstacle. Social skills can also be a problem. A lack of relevant work experience while in school. These factors make it tough to compete in today’s job market. To increase your chances of finding a good job, consider the following advice.
• Improve your language skills. Hire a tutor or take an English or French course. Take advantage of a mock interview offered by the Career Center to develop effective interview and communication skills. Verbal and
written English or French skills are essential to securing employment in Canada.
• Consider acquiring a major/specialization in demand that will increase chances of employment in Canada.
According to Canada immigration , employment petitions were approved in the following areas: Such fields include Systems Analysis and Programming (47.4%), Health (Medical) and Electrical/Electronics Engineering (5.4%), College and University Education (4.1%), and Accountants and Related Finantial Occupations (3.7%)
• Network at job fairs and recruiting events. Talk with a career counselor, faculty and friends. Develop networks and resources through local ethnic communities, nationality clubs, and classmates, business owners from your home country, your consulate, embassy, social organizations, advocacy groups, and professors from the same home country. Contact the alumni office to connect with alums from your homeland.
Join professional organizations and associations specific to the type of job you want or related to your field of interest. If you worked professionally in your homeland, network with the Canadian affiliate or a competitor of that organization. Search for global organizations desiring language skills, diversity, and knowledge of overseas economies. We offer an available the Directory of Canadian business Operating in Foreign Countries. Networking is a great way to develop social skills.
Learn customary professional business and dining etiquette skills. Attend the Professional Etiquette Dinner hosted by the Career Center.
• If you are already in Canada check out the resources of a Career Center such as recruiting events, career fairs and employer information sessions held throughout the year. Meet with a career specialist. Participate in the Canadian Cultural Career Network Program.
• Sell yourself to the employer with an effective resume, cover letter and interviewing skills that
highlight what the employer is looking for. Make sure you know and emphasize your relevant strengths and skills in addition to your qualifications. Show how you can add value and benefit the organization. Develop marketable skills through part-time jobs, internships, graduate assistantships, student organizations and volunteer activities. Highlight those marketable skills on your resume and cover letter.
• Obtain an internship to gain experience in the field and a better understanding of your profession. Think about searching for companies from your homeland that have operations in Canada. Learn about Canadian companies where your peers have interviewed, interned or are working full-time. Consider an international internship. See the Study Abroad Coordinator in the Office of International Studies and Programs. Meet with your departmental internship coordinator for opportunities. Check company websites. Check opportunities offered by other schools. Seek out companies that have a history of employment sponsorship. Approximately 50% of interns receive a job offer from the sponsoring Canadian company after they complete an internship.
• Employment agencies provide permanent employment opportunities or staffing services offer temporary or contract placement as an option.
• Some internet sites can be a valuable resource tool for job hunting. Consider local Canadian jobs.
• Discussions about Employment sponsorship should come later when the employer brings it up or when the applicant is offered employment. Uncover those companies that relate to your field of study and are of interest to you. It will be important to become very familiar with your industry, the companies within the industry, and positions available within those companies. Focus your job search on Canadian companies that prefer to hire international professionals. Search both small and large companies and compile a list of 50 Canadian companies of interest. Studies have shown that about 80% of job openings are filled by employers without having a need to advertise their jobs. This is known as the “hidden job market.” Find a contact within the organization to
inquire and apply to jobs within the organization. The key is to have your resume with the hiring manager before a job is advertised.
Make appropriate follow-ups as needed to confirm your interest. These career planning strategies will help international students better prepare for the job search. After all, your priority is to obtain employment with sponsorship for employment followed by permanent residency with a reputable company in your interested field!
Canadian Government Job Sites
BC Government Job Postings
Alberta Government Job Postings
Saskatchewan Government Job Postings
Manitoba Government Job Postings
Ontario Government Job Postings
Quebec Government Job Postings
Nova Scotia Government Job Postings
New Brunswick Government Job Postings
Prince Edward Island Government Job Postings
Newfoundland & Labrador Government Job Postings
Federal Government Job Postings
Nongovernment Job Sites
“About.com” Job Searching
All Canadian Jobs
British Columbia Hi Tech.
Calgary Career Site
Canada Online Job Search Guide
Canada Job Links
Canada Work Info Net
Canadian Career Page
Canadian Jobs : Canada Employment Weekly
Careertransit.com, Atlantic Canada’s Job Site
CRS Major Canadian Companies, HR Departments
CRS Career Channel
CRS Cities: HR Departments
Education Canada Network
Employment Opportunities In The Space Industry
Forestry Employment Bulletin Board
Hamilton-Wentworth Employer Directory
“Human Resources Canada” Offices in CRS Cities
Human Resources Development Canada
“Job Bank” Human Resources Canada
JobLink at Icdirect
Jobs in Canada with Jobrapido
Jobs for Physicists and Engineers by PhysLINK.com
MedHunters.com, Healthcare Jobs
Meta-list of On-Line Job-Search Resources and Services
Monster.ca, Career Center
MultiMediator – Canada’s Multimedia Guide
National Association of Career Colleges
Positionwatch, IT Positions
Quinte Region (ON), Job Resources
Resort Jobs Database – Canada
Student Employment Network
Summer Jobs – Canada
Vancouver insurance jobs
Workopolis, Mega Job Site
Job Recruiting Companies
AES Recruitment Advertising
The Agricultural Labour Pool
Ajilon Canada, IT Careers
Anderson Executive Recruitment
Anne Whitten Bilingual
Bradson Staffing Services
Canadian Executive Recruitment
Canadian Medical Placement Service.
Canadian Recruiters and Directory of Recruiters
CRS Job Resources
Medical Recruiting Services
People Bank, The
Personnel Management Group, Winnipeg Manitoba
Planet Recruit Canada
Prior Resource Group – Kitchener Jobs, Waterloo Jobs
Quantum Technology Recruiting
Recruiters Online Network
Red Seal Recruiting Solutions Ltd
Senior Quality Personnel
Titan Recruitment Solutions
Total Staffing Solutions
TRS Contract Consulting Group
Western Canada’s Careers/Recruitment Web Site
Yellow Pages List of Recruitment Agencies
Corporate Job Sites
AT&T Canada Careers
Fluor Canada Ltd.
President’s Choice Financial
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Cost of Living Reports
Jobs in Canada
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