Important Information for International Students

Taken from York University in Ontario. Writing resumes and looking for a career/internship opportunity is different in Canada  from what you would do back home. So if you are planning on obtaining practical training in Canada, prepare for the differences by using  job fairs, conference, events, on-campus recruiting, job registration services and employer presentations, and meet with a career counselor to develop your job search strategies.

Here are some tips:

  • Apply only to those jobs that relate to your field of study and are of interest to you
  • You are only eligible for positions that do not require a Canadian  national security clearance
  • Comply with Canada regulations


  • Do not misrepresent your status for employment in Canada, practical training is NOT work authorization. 
  • Once an offer has been accepted you are committed to the organization so withdraw from interviewing.
  • You are responsible for knowing Canada expectations and appropriate behaviors.

Who Will Hire Me In Canada?

•Canadian government positions that require national security clearance are not open to international students; areas of study that relate to those fields may restrict your possibilities in Canada. •Generally, majors in the technical and some business areas offer more potential for practical training in Canada; however, your marketability depends on you and your accomplishments, including academic, participation in organizations, workexperience and other related factors •More than one-third of Canadian employers hire international students •Small, medium and large companies with special needs for highly developed skills and do not have enough Canadian citizens to fill positions •Canadians firms operating in foreign countries and foreign firms operating in Canada; For see resources subscribe to Hineni services.

What Do Employers Want?

•Highly developed English communication skills, including reading, writing, speaking and interpersonal •Honesty, integrity, commitment. Once you have accepted a position you must quit the job search and follow through on your acceptance. Do not misrepresent your work status: practical training is NOT work authorization •Self-initiative; being able to see what needs to be done and willing to go beyond the job description •Being on time and mentally present; not down-loading music, talking on a cell phone and emailing family and friends while supposedly working.

 How Do I Prepare?•Concentrate on developing your communication skills in English •Take a University writing course •Attend workshops on resume writing, networking, business etiquette, interviewing and others •Attend job fairs, events and employer information sessions by Hineni offline and online •Practice answering behavioral interview questions•Start your job search two semesters before graduating .
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