What to do if You Can’t Find a Job in Canada

What to do if You Can’t Find a Job  in Canada

Is this you?

You are looking for a job in Canada. You’re facing at least one of the following obstacles, and it is starting to get tough:

  • You don’t have a work permit
  • Job prospects are sparse
  • You want a flexible work schedule
  • You are running out of money
  • You don’t know where to look next

What do you do?

If you live overseas looking for a job and have not been able to get hired by a company, it may be time for a different approach.

Here is a quick and easy answer that can open up many kinds of exciting and profitable opportunities for you:

Start thinking like a business owner   rather than a job hunter.

Set up your own consulting or freelance business, and start to scout for clients, not a job. Send out brilliant business proposals instead of résumés. Have business meetings with potential clients instead of interviews with potential employers.

Propose clever ideas for improving your client’s business. And when the time is right and your client is ready, name your price. They can accept it or reject it, but eventually you will probably end up negotiating the terms, just like you would when accepting a job offer.

Setting up your own business is not as hard as it sounds. And, it is a little-known trick to potentially getting around the work-permit issue – at least for a one-person business in the short run. (If you want to set yourself up as a corporation with more employees than just yourself, the process becomes more complicated but can be done with the help of lawyer.)  Plus, having your own business can open up worldwide opportunities, as well as multiple streams of income, which can lead to quick income as well as a flexible lifestyle.

Setting up your own business  is a perfect solution for trained professionals looking for ways to use their professional skills locally, on a full or part-time basis, and can be a particularly fitting solution for working mothers who want flexibility to care for the family while still enjoying professional fulfillment.

Thinking like a business owner can help you create your own exciting and profitable opportunity abroad in at least three ways:

1. Get Your Foot in the Door to a Company
By setting yourself up as a consultant or freelancer, you may also be able to sell yourself to a company. Instead of hiring you as a full-time employee, a company can hire you on a contract basis, which may be an advantage for both of you. In the future, you could be considered for a long-term position if one becomes available.

Additionally, in many countries the company might be able to avoid paying expensive social security and other taxes by hiring you as a consultant. This is a good negotiating point when you are trying to convince a company to hire you as a consultant.

2. Create a Portable Career
If you move from country to country every few months to every few years, you may desire a portable job and career that you can take with you wherever you go. You can do lots of interesting work from a laptop, including writing, website development, graphic design, software design, content development, research, translation work, business consulting and many other Internet-related jobs.

3. Be Inspired by other Business Entrepreneurs
Find out how other people are living, working and established business in Canada. If you hear ideas that strike your fancy, make contact with the folks and ask them for advice. One middle-aged korean couple buys and restores old farmhouses and rents them out to tourists. Another Colombian living in Vancouver gives seminars and workshops in photography and art. And one woman who lives in Newfoundland  permanently uses her graphic skills to design newsletters for clients in the United States. These people are living where they want and the way they want. And with a little ingenuity, you can too.
 

 
Marisol Diaz is  Business developer and author specializing in  helping clients create fulfilling and meaningful career opportunities for local and international trained professionals.  Get help creating your own exciting career opportunities in Canada with a step-by-step books and  guides, seminars and Workshops  such as “Steps to Starting Your Own Business” in Canada. Check also   Business, Jobs & Careers    products .

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