How to search, and where to get a job in Canada

It is each person’s responsibility to find a job.

The way of looking for work may be quite different than in your home country.  It’s not easy, but there are steps you can take to expedite your job search. Spending some time to get your job search in order, keeping it organized, focused, and on the fast track will help you find a job faster than if you don’t have a plan in place.

There are government and community agencies that will help you learn job search skills and help you find opportunities.

STEPS in your job search Job search skills:

Your first step is to have a plan. By knowing where to go and what to do you will achieve your goal.

Resumé, cover letter, application forms:  These are your basic “tools” to tell employers the skills and experience that you can offer.

Where to find jobs openings: Now that you’re ready with all the tools mention above you need to find an employer who’s ready to hire you. Read the ways that Canada companies advertise employment opportunities in this greatcompany directory.

Job interview: Meeting your potential employer for the first time is the crucial moment.

Work experience, language and culture all play a part in this one-on-one meeting. Have yours polished.

Job search skills :  for newcomers already hear the best place to learn job search skills including resumé writing and how to conduct yourself in an interview by participating in one of the free workshops or longer programs offered by the organizations that Canada funds to provide employment services to newcomers. These free services have extended programs as well as one-day “workshops.” Participating in these services is also an excellent way to find out about job opportunities and career fairs. These programs cover topics such as: job search skills learning or upgrading skills such as using computers the rules and customs of the Canadian workplace improving your English for work Some programs provide job placements or introduce participants to employers. For newcomers above we offer interview coaching services by phone or web. Contact us for details or check our parent site.

 Resumé, cover letter, application forms :

To get a job you must convince employers that it would be to their advantage to hire you. You need to “market” yourself with a well-written resumé that explains your education and experience. Before you write, you need to know what Canadian employers expect; resumés here are often very different than in other countries.

 A cover letter is the letter of introduction that you send or present with your resumé. Canadian employers expect to read certain things in a letter. You should always include a cover letter. It tells the employer the purpose of the letter, who should receive it, the position being applied for.

Application forms are provided by employers. The form asks specific questions and you answer them by filling in the blanks. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with job applications before you go see an employer. Canadian employers expect to see references. This usually means people you have worked for in the past who can speak for you. If you have no Canadian work experience this can be difficult. This is why it is important to network — get to know people — so that an employer has someone to phone and ask about your experience and character. Immigrant employment services are an excellent source of information. You can also find samples of “Canadian style” resumés and cover letters on site such as workopolis and others Job Banks.

 

Marisol Diaz
Settlement & Integration Resources Publisher
Immigration through Employment Advisement
http://www.hinenimedia.memberlodge.org

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