How to find work in a Canadian giant retail outlet

In Canada we have

  • PJ’s Pet Centre, Home Outfitters
  • Aritzia
  • Guess
  • Grill It Up
  • Payless Shoe Source
  • Spring Rolls
  • Tim Horton’s
  • BCBG Max Azria
  • Bentley
  • Dynamite (New Concept Store)
  • Garage
  • Laco Sac
  • Lids
  • Little Burgundy
  • Mappins
  • Moneysworth & Best
  • SilverCity Cineplex Entertainment
  • Spring Rolls Resturant
  • Tip Top Tailors
  • Urban Behavior
  • Urban Planet
  • Zoam
  • Bebe
  • Coach
  • Okaidi
  • Spence Diamonds
  • Geox
  • Earls Bar/Grill
  • Running Room
  • Panera Bread
  • Boston Pizza
  • Spence Diamonds
  • Earls Bar/Grill
  • Michael Kors stores
  • Canada Walmart
  • Papa Gino’s
  • McDonald’s
  • Burger King
  • Home depot
  • Rona
  • Home sense
  • Lowes
  • Winners
  • Addidas
  • Nike
  • Olympia sports
  • Subway
  • Taco bell
  • Bertuccis
  • Chilis
  • Aeropostale
  • Zellers
  • Sears
  • Dunkin donuts
  • 7 eleven
  • Block buster
  • Radioshack
  • Barnes & noble
  • Microsoft
  • Apple
  • Coke

Before I walk you through the process, here are some basics:

Traditionally, most of the jobs are in retail sales and pay minimum wage — maybe slightly more.

Seasonal employees get an employee discount on merchandise purchases. How much varies. This year, at specially when chritmas are coming most giant retail open seasonal positions available in distribution, online fulfillment and call centers. Many of these jobs, will have early morning hours. Some of these jobs will turn into continuing employment after the holidays.

Canadian Tire’s puts it seasonal employment is a good opportunity for an associate and the company to get to know each other.

Once any company gets your resume and has some interest in hiring you, it will send you an e-mail invitation to be interviewed — probably within a next week or two after you submit your application, previous seasonal employees say. Start the application process by searching for your chosen Canadian province’s job site

but don’t put anything in JOB’S REQUIREMENT so all the jobs come up. Look through them until you see a position at a site near you that you might like. You can apply for multiple positions, but you have to do it one job at a time.Some online applications are very ackward so you have need patience.

You can begin by uploading a resume. Uploading a resume will usually give you more opportunities to tell the company’s about your experience and skills. But if you don’t have a resume and don’t feel comfortable creating one for this application, you can simply fill out the form.Mostly they will ask for one so have it handy or ready to upload.

The next question asks you how you heard about the job. One option is Job Board/Internet. If you choose that, It will ask you which job board/Internet. Workopolis or Monster are one of the options, so if you heard about working at Metro’s for the holidays here on Hineni Media click on that.

After you give the company’s some basic information about yourself — like your name, address and phone number — the application asks you to choose the hours and shifts you’ll be available. Willingness to work lousy hours, including holidays and the overnight schedule available at some locales, could increase your chances of being hired, never reveal that you are outside the country or that you don’t have canadian experience as your changes will be minimum. If you’re really flexible about hours, just click on ALL SHIFTS in the upper left-hand corner.

Next the company’s will ask you to reveal whether you fall into one of 2 categories that will allow to hire you either permanent resident or temporary resident. Filling out the questionnaire requires you to reveal your Social Security number. This might increase your chances of being hired if you are in one of these categories. If you’re not, you can skip it — and keep your Social Security number private.

You can’t complete the application without choosing a desired salary. People who have been hired say low-balling won’t necessarily get you a job, but telling them you won’t work for anything less than $25 a hour probably isn’t a good idea either.

Next, you must consent to a background check. If you don’t consent, you can’t finish the application.

And finally, you have to sign a form that agrees should the company’s hire you will let the company deduct for a  T4 slip (line 101 of the tax return), monitor your phone calls during your working hours, and supply you with other policy information via the company handbook. This is another place where you must agree in order to continue.

The last line is an electronic signature – you type your name and it replaces your handwritten signature.

New Immigrants to Canada can get more information about Canadian income tax and RRSPs from the CRA publication T4055 – Newcomers to Canada.

Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, Editor-in-Chief, IA and  a SOHO specialist. She also  has been writing on Canada settlement and  immigration law since 2006. contact her @ You can improve your Canada job search through the Canadian database  for Int’l Employers  here ,  an informational services run by Hineni Media

Note and disclaimer: No attorney/client relationship is formed through the submission or viewing of this article. This article is not intended as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. The facts of every case are different and individualized advice should be sought from an attorney before proceeding with any case.


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