FINDING A JOB IN CANADA Occupations in Canada Non-Regulated fields(I)

It is pretty clear that many new immigrants are having a long and difficult time getting established in their chosen occupations. While there are many causes including economic, political and social, these solutions are a collective struggle and need to be solved at a community level. They are usually beyond the control of the individual.

It’s extremely important to gain Canadian Experience.

 If I’m an Accountant, I’ll catch hold of a Asst. Bookkeeper’s task, or a financial data entry operator, or a departmental assistant. The combinations can be many. The requirement is, now start building your career. Opportunities shall commence.

!-Stage Criteria: Land a job in your related field. The designation be anything, be much lower -but must be taken.
!-Remember: Ppl will start knowing us in our field & thus professional growth is imminent.
!-Job Search: Full-fledged ‘job hunting’. This hunting now is in our choice occupation.
!-Timeframe: 6-12 months.

1. So get Canadian Work or Cultural Experience

 You can do this in a number of ways. While no one wants to work for free, you may want to consider this for a short while. Volunteering in the area you want to work will help you prove that you know what is expected and will give you some contacts in the field.

2. Networking:

Join Canadian community groups, professional associations, interest clubs, sports teams or any other groupings that will put you in contact with people you wouldn’t ordinarily meet. Shy? start in Linkedin.

3. Language Ability

A high level of English and French , official Canadian languages.  Thiose languages ability is necessary in many Canadian work settings, particularly those that involve writing or customer service.

4. Cultural Differences and Prohibitions

 Some cultural and religious prohibitions can be real obstacles and others are hardly noticed. No matter how well-dressed you feel. Clothing style doesn’t have to be a problem. Cross cultural training?   Check this   out

5. Obligations

Individuals have a greater obligation to society than themselves. This is because society is a group of individuals working for the common benefit, and thus one must put oneself below others in order for this system to work correctly. Society is based upon individuals helping one another in order to have a collected benefit.

All new immigrants need to know their rights as permanent residents and the steps to become a Canadian Citizen. From the beginning they should take a Canadian Immigrant Orientation Program.


A) Get a Portfolio/ Profesional Résumé

All education and work experience can attest to your abilities and work ethic, but you have to be the one to demonstrate this. You can do this in the way you write your résumé and in what you say in an interview.

Keep track of all your courses, contacts, achievements etc. You never know when you will need something.

Your professional portfolio can also help you remember the courses you have taken, committees you have served on and successes you have had.

B) Research:
Figure out what job descriptions match your skills and passions. Targeting some potential employers, determine your long-term and short-term career goals.

You may not find a perfect match, but with some creativity you should at least be able to find a job that will put you on the right track or help you gain the skills you will need to achieve your long-term goal.

When you put together your cover letter and resume, tailor them to the company’s mission.

Employers aren’t interested in people who sound desperate (and willing to do anything) to get a foot in the door. You need to clearly identify a job that interests you — and that you are qualified for —

C) Career Shift:

Becoming an immigrant is an opportunity to select and change careers. If you are considering a career move, you may want to consider a field that calls for certification.

You may want to research those fields that the economic forecasters say are expanding. You won’t want to try and compete in a very crowded field unless you are excellent at it and can prove it. How can your past experiences and education contribute to a new field? If you were an architect in your own country, would you consider training as a building inspector or a mortgage broker? If you were a physician, would you train in occupational health and safety? Sometimes a course or two is all that is needed rather than a different degree or diploma.

D) Interviews

Prepare yourself for this very important event.

1.Come prepared with a question or two even if you don’t have one. You may be asked if you have a question and, “no” could make you sound disinterested or unreflective. Also come prepared for tough questions such as asking you to speak about your weaknesses or long-range career goals.

2.  Not only will you need  to research the company, but practice answers that reflect your best achievements and qualifications but turn your answers into memorable short stories so the interviewer won’t forget you.
All job-seekers need to conduct research and develop critical information about each company — its products and services; key executives; new products, plants, or divisions; company culture; organizational structure; diversity and values; benefits; career paths; etc.

What’s the best source of  Canadian company information ? The company’s Website, of course! It’s absolutely amazing what you can find published on company Websites. You can either try directly entering the company name in your favorite browser.

The best source for conducting your initial Canadian company research is Hineni Database,  published by Hineni Media. This database, updated annually, provides general information about types of jobs within a large number of occupations; the outlook for job growth; working conditions; average earnings; education and training required; related occupations specially for internationally trained professionals; and sources for finding more information. The Guide is a great place to start your search. Contact here or subscribe online  to access the guide.

From there, I would locate the professional organizations for those careers. For example, if you were interested in marketing as a career, I would recommend contacting the Canadian Marketing Association to learn more about careers in marketing. To get salary information for a specific geographic location, I would use one of the many salary calculators available online.

So, do your research, polish your job-search materials, network, and go after a specific job. And be sure to follow-up each and every job lead — until you land that job.


Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, specialized information publisher, 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 Paid Content or 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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