How to find job openings in Canada?

Where is the best place to live in Canada?

It’s simple; if you want to work in Canada, then you should live somewhere in Southern Ontario. Specifically in the “Golden Horse-shoe” area, around the Western end of Lake Ontario. This is where all the jobs are. Trust me, I’ve been living here since the early 2000’s.

Toronto is a busy place ; well, cities around like Milton, Kitchener etc. are ok but this is nothing if you compare it with Montreal. This city is a beauty and more affordable than Toronto & surroundings.

How much can I expect to be paid for my work?

You will mainly find yourself doing odd jobs. These are paid at approximately $9-12 CAD$  per hour. Taxes are deducted from this – approximately 10 – 35%, depending on your income. Our partner organisation will help you to apply for a tax number and also to open a Canadian bank account.

How to Find Job Openings

In some countries, people find jobs primarily through the government or family members. In the Canada, network is more the rule, and it is important for everyone, including international students, to use a wide variety of networking to identify jobs.

About 20% of the jobs that exist in Canada are not advertised in newspapers, trade magazines, or on the Internet. The other 80% of job openings are in the “hidden” job market and are never advertised. These positions are filled by word of mouth. For this reason, it is important to contact as many people as possible to find out about job openings. This technique is called networking. Contacts include friends, classmates, neighbors, family members, professors, alumni, and community members. The Career Services Center has many books on the job search and networking, as well as networking workshops and opportunities.

 Working for local Companies

The best employment prospects for international trained profesional may be with Canadian companies with internatinal branches. International trained profesionals are great assets to Canadian global organizations desiring language skills, respect for diversity, and/or knowledge of overseas economies.

Occupations in Need of International Trained Professionals

According to the November 2008 edition of “Recruiting Trends,” high-tech firms are desperate to hire technically skilled, non-immigrant foreign workers. According to Canada Immigration, from October 2002 to February 2006, work visa petitions were approved in the following areas:
•Health

 •System’s Analysis and Programming (47.4%)

•Electrical/Electronics Engineering (5.4%)

•College and University Education (4.1%)

 •Accountants and Related Occupations (3.7%)

 These statistics suggest that International Trained Profesionals who wish to work in Canada would be wise to study technical subjects in order to increase their chance of employment.

Once you’ve discovered the companies that offered sponsorship or employment visas in the past, contact those companies to request a listing of job openings or internships or set up an informational interview. Even Internships Students who lack experience in their career fields should complete one or more internships while working towards their degrees.

According to “Canada Multinationals and the Foreign MBA,” more than 53% of foreign survey respondents received a job offer from a Canadian company where they completed an internship. Obtaining an internshipin Canada  is important not only in terms of resume building, but in terms of its potential to translate into a full-time job after graduation.

Approaching the Topic of Sponsor Visas with Employers

Many employers are intimidated by the Canadian immigration process and are reluctant to sponsor work visas, or simply have a policy against it. Do not begin an employment interview or letter with an inquiry regarding work sponsorship. Discussions about work sponsorship should come later, either when the employer brings it up or when the applicant is offered a position.

The applicant’s first task in an interview is to convince the employer of his/her suitability for the job. Only later, when an employer is close to making, or has made an offer, should the applicant raise the work sponsorship issue.

Learn about the sponsorship process including hiring and paying for a lawyer. By explaining the simplicity of the sponsorship process, the applicant will increase the likelihood of getting hired.  Seek out companies that have a history of work sponsorship. To identify companies that have sponsored foreign worker in the past , consider the following source:

Hineni Media is the newest paid-subscription site  listing companies that have sponsored work visas within the past several years. The list provides the names of hundreds of companies along with job titles and salary information associated with the work petitions. Clients that have paid for access to this website  can obtain the username and password,  The listing is available to students, includes the following areas: Administrative Occupations; Business Management and Administration; Computer Science and Information Technology; Engineering; Mathematics & Physical Sciences

Additional Advice for International Trained Professionals.

•Market Yourself Positively – It is very important for International students to turn employers’ objections into positives. By virtue of living and studying abroad, International Trained Professionals demonstrate tenacity and resourcefulness. It is important for them to tell employers about the challenges they faced in studying overseas and how theyovercame them. International Trained Profesionals should be prepared to tell employers how hiring them offers more advantages than disadvantages.

Follow these tips:

 •Choose a Major/Specialization in Demand – The demand for employees in technical fields, such asinformation technology and accounting, far outweighs the supply. Therefore, International students who study these subjects may have more opportunities than those select majors in low-demand areas.

•Be Flexible – International Trained Professionals may need to expand their job search by considering jobs outside their desired career. For example, an Information Technology major who would like to do web development may want to search for jobs in web development AND other areas of information technology.

•Patience and Persistence – Although finding employment as an International Trained Professionals can be challenging, it is not impossible. Each year Canada grants almost 70,000 work visas.

•Network with friends, professors, other International Trained Professionals, and attend job fairs.

•Become familiar with visa application processes.

•Volunter or Work for free like interning – the experience may lead to a full-time, paid position

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