Creative job hunting in Canada
Advice on finding that perfect job in Canada!
Beginning a new life in Canada is a series of tough challenges for immigrants, and one of the most formidable is finding a job.
Mastering the language, learning the culture and gaining Canadian work experience are just a few of the hurdles for newcomers, even for skilled trades workers and professionals
Pay attention to keeping motivated and positive and not getting down.
There’s a natural tendency to stick within your own ethnocultural group because of language and other reasons, but try to broaden your horizons to make contacts and build networks. Challenging yourself to connect with a more diverse group and it will create more opportunity.
Make sure your communications skills are at the right level for your job. No matter what kind of job you are pursuing, polish your business communication techniques to ensure strong written and verbal skills.
Stay focused. You may experience discrimination but don’t allow that to define who you are.
5. Employment agencies
In the beginning it’s a good bet to rely on employment agencies or recruiters in your job search, because it can be a fast track to get Canadian experience. Finding a job is a full time job.
Dress and look professional
You can have all the skills in the world, but if your hygiene isn’t acceptable, you won’t get the job. Don’t overdo using cologne or perfume. And foods, like garlic, that cause bad breath should be avoided before interviews.
Canadian employers like to use behavioural interviews, something many immigrants have not experienced.
The interviewer might say: “Tell me about a situation in which you were leading a project and were faced with a challenging team member. How did you handle it and what was the outcome?
The informational interview is a way to learn about your industry and build vital contacts.
Go to a company’s website, scoop every email address you can find in your area. Then write, explaining who you are and that you are trying to research information on their industry. Ask if you can meet for 15 minutes for a coffee. It’s a numbers game. You might send out 30 emails and get a couple responses.
Go to conferences, seminars, industry networking groups. Create a personal calling card that lists about five of your skills plus your education and hand it out to new contacts.
Don’t just rely on a resumé and cover letter. Assemble a portfolio of your best work. Get a online presence as another tool to promote yourself and your work experience, and list it on your calling card. Won any awards or earned any special recognition in your field? Include the actual citations, rather than just list them on a resumé.
Ask and learn.
Research both the industry and the specific companies you are contacting for jobs.
13. Survival job
Try as best you can to avoid taking one outside your area of expertise. Be patient as long as you can.
… your resumé to each specific company, know what department you want to work in and why, and spell it out in the cover letter
… your English language skills to the level needed in your profession.
Sometimes, this is the only way to gain Canadian experience. Take volunteer work if it’s available in your industry
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