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How To Get a Job in Canada from Abroad

How To Get a Job in Canada from Abroad

Step 1:  Read reference materials

Spend time reading reference materials, resources  and web sites about working and living in Canada. This blog   is a huge resource!

Read, read, and read, especially about other people’s experiences.

 Step 2: Consider language requirements
Narrow your search by the language skills you have, need, or hope to acquire. For Canada you need English and French.

 Step 3: Decide what type of job you desire
Choose whether you would like paid or unpaid work, short-term work, a teaching job, or other professional opportunity.

 Step 4: Inform yourself about fees
Find out through government agencies and services providers what fees are associated with applications and visas.

 Step 5: Network
Talk to people, network, and gather information.

Be patient, polite, and persistent. If you consider yourself a passive person, it may be time to reconsider your plan.

 Step 6: Write letters
Write and send letters via e-mail to inquire about opportunities.

 Step 7:  Do more research and be proactive
Keep doing research and sending letters. If you’ve spent time abroad, make sure to highlight those experiences.

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How to find lucrative work in Canada

Canada Contracting Jobs:  Learn what to ask before taking the big leap!


Canada Contracting Jobs are available throughout the country and often very lucrative. Positions are available from food services, engineering, construction and more. Many people are taking advantage of these opportunities to make three and three times their normal salary.

However, before you take that big step make sure that you are informed. Know what questions to ask and have a good understanding before you make a life changing transition.

Hi, my name is Marisol and it wasn’t long ago when I was considering a contracting position in North America ( either USA or Canada). I had a lot of questions and no definitive guide to help me through it. I had a general idea of of what to expect and knew that I could make a lot  of money because I had friends in the region, but there were some questions that went unanswered and I ended up taking the plunge on blind faith. I first started and work in the USA and then move to Canada, where I actually live and work.

Fortunately for me, it worked out and I spent a couple of years working in North Carolina (NC). But, I did see a lot of people who were making significantly less money, only because they didn’t know what questions to ask or what to negotiate for before accepting that position. I also saw many arrive only to be very disappointed at the environment or living conditions.

This is why I created  Canada Contracting Jobs Listings throught Hineni Media   subscription area,  I know that there are a lot of people looking for opportunities, particularly in today’s economy. I hope that this site will serve as a good resource for you and explain the things you need to know before even considering quitting your current job.
Job checklist

At a minimum, these are some of the things you will want to know before traveling to Canada. Each situation is different, so if you have any questions send me a message through the contact page on this site.

Facility Access

Will I have access to the exchange stores, dining facilities and  Recreation facilities? You might think this would be assumed, where else are you going to go, but not all contractors are allowed access to the US or Canada dining facilities. Some non-US or non-Canada contractors must eat in their own dining facilities.

Living quarters
What type of living quarters will I have? Will I be living in a tent or trailer? Will I have a roommate? Is it a “wet trailer”? Meaning it has running water or a “dry trailer” meaning it doesn’t. Most don’t.

Does the contract provide a trailer for its own employees? Some companies have purchased and installed living quarters for their own employees including wet trailers. It can make all the difference.
Medical Care
Is basic medical care covered as part of the contract? It sounds obvious, what else are you going to do, but check to make sure.

Salary
What is the base salary? Is overtime included and if so how many hours a week? I don’t know about you, but I wanted to work every hour that I could, which was the whole point.

What kind of bonuses are included and when are they paid? Sometimes these are paid up front, at the end of the tour or incrementally throughout the year.

Is a paid trip home included? Some companies will provide a return trip home half way through the contract or even quarterly.

Vehicles
Will you have use of a vehicle on post? A vehicle is not always necessary, but it sure comes in handy.

The Contract
What is the length of the contract? This is important as you don’t want to quit your job at home and travel to Canada for a lucrative opportunity only to find out that the contract is up for a rebid.

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How to get a job in Canada

If your goal is to obtain a job offer with sponsorship for  work-visa, followed by permanent residency with a reputable company in your interested field, then here  are some career planning strategies that may help.

Canadian Employment Sponsorship now takes longer and a bit of paperwork., but each year Canada grants almost 90,000 work- visas.  According to  Canada immigration laws, international students with  visas are eligible to work full-time for one year after they graduate as part of their practical training. Upon completion of the practical training, international students must be sponsored by an employer to continue working in Canada.

 Employers must sponsor international students to obtain an work visa, which allows students to work in Canada for one to six additional years. International students planning to work fulltime after graduation in  Canada need to begin the job search process at least two semesters before graduation.

You will also need to become familiar with the Canadian job search process. The key to landing a job is diligence and developing an aggressive job search strategy to increase your chances of finding a good job in Canada. As it’s true that international students have some disadvantages when entering the job market.

Not mastering the official languages can be a serious obstacle. Social skills can also be a problem. A lack of relevant work experience while in school. These factors make it tough to compete in today’s job market. To increase your chances of finding a good job, consider the following advice.

• Improve your language skills. Hire a tutor or take an English or French course. Take advantage of a mock interview offered by the Career Center to develop effective interview and communication skills. Verbal and
written English or French  skills are essential to securing employment in Canada.

• Consider acquiring a major/specialization in demand that will increase chances of employment in  Canada.
According to Canada immigration , employment  petitions were approved in the following areas: Such fields include Systems Analysis and Programming (47.4%), Health (Medical)  and Electrical/Electronics Engineering (5.4%), College and University Education (4.1%), and Accountants and Related Finantial Occupations (3.7%)

 • Network at job fairs and recruiting events. Talk with a career counselor, faculty and friends. Develop networks and resources through local ethnic communities, nationality clubs, and classmates, business owners from your home country, your consulate, embassy, social organizations, advocacy groups, and professors from the same home country. Contact the alumni office to connect with alums from your homeland.

Join professional organizations and associations specific to the type of job you want or related to your field of interest. If you worked professionally in your homeland, network with the Canadian affiliate or a competitor of that organization. Search for global organizations desiring language skills, diversity, and knowledge of overseas economies. We offer an  available the Directory of Canadian business Operating in Foreign Countries. Networking is a great way to develop social skills.

Learn customary professional business and dining etiquette skills. Attend the Professional Etiquette Dinner hosted by the Career Center.

• If you are already in Canada check out the resources of a Career Center such as recruiting events, career fairs and employer information sessions held throughout the year. Meet with a career specialist. Participate in the Canadian Cultural Career Network Program.

• Sell yourself to the employer with an effective resume, cover letter and interviewing skills that
highlight what the employer is looking for. Make sure you know and emphasize your relevant strengths and skills in addition to your qualifications. Show how you can add value and benefit the organization. Develop marketable skills through part-time jobs, internships, graduate assistantships, student organizations and volunteer activities. Highlight those marketable skills on your resume and cover letter.

• Obtain an internship to gain experience in the field and a better understanding of your profession. Think about searching for companies from your homeland that have operations in Canada. Learn about Canadian companies where your peers have interviewed, interned or are working full-time. Consider an international internship. See the Study Abroad Coordinator in the Office of  International Studies and Programs. Meet with your departmental internship coordinator for opportunities. Check company websites. Check opportunities offered by other schools. Seek out companies that have a history of employment  sponsorship. Approximately 50% of interns receive a job offer from the sponsoring Canadian company after they complete an internship.

• Employment agencies provide permanent employment opportunities or staffing services offer temporary or contract placement as an option.

•  Some internet sites can be a valuable resource tool for job hunting. Consider local Canadian  jobs.

• Discussions about Employment  sponsorship should come later when the employer brings it up or when the applicant is offered employment. Uncover those companies that relate to your field of study and are of interest to you. It will be important to become very familiar with your industry, the companies within the industry, and positions available within those companies. Focus your job search on Canadian companies that prefer to hire international professionals. Search both small and large companies and compile a list of 50 Canadian  companies of interest. Studies have shown that about 80% of job openings are filled by employers without having a need to advertise their jobs. This is known as the “hidden job market.” Find a contact within the organization to
inquire and apply to jobs within the organization. The key is to have your resume with the hiring manager before a job is advertised.

Make appropriate follow-ups as needed to confirm your interest. These career planning strategies will help international students better prepare for the job search. After all, your priority is to obtain employment with sponsorship for  employment  followed by permanent residency with a reputable company in your interested field!

Canadian Government Job Sites

BC Government Job Postings
http://www.postings.gov.bc.ca/

Alberta Government Job Postings
http://www.gov.ab.ca/pao/jobs/

Saskatchewan Government Job Postings
http://www.careers.gov.sk.ca/

Manitoba Government Job Postings
http://www.gov.mb.ca/csc/

Ontario Government Job Postings
http://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/

Quebec Government Job Postings
http://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/resource/emplois.htm

 Nova Scotia Government Job Postings
http://www.gov.ns.ca/psc/services/employ/

New Brunswick Government Job Postings
http://www.gov.nb.ca/scripts/search/competition.idq?TextRestriction=&FMMod=-6m

Prince Edward Island Government Job Postings
http://www.gov.pe.ca/jobs/index.php3

Newfoundland & Labrador Government Job Postings
http://www.gov.nf.ca/psc/employment.htm

Federal Government Job Postings
http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/

 

Nongovernment Job Sites
+Canada Jobs
http://www.canada.plusjobs.com/

OPTION-carriere.ca
http://www.option-carriere.ca/

AboutJobs
http://aboutjobs.com/

“About.com” Job Searching
http://jobsearchtech.about.com/
careers/jobsearchtech/msub8.htm

Actijob/ActivEmploi
http://www.actijob.com/

All Canadian Jobs
http://www.allcanadianjobs.com/

Atlanticjobs.com
http://www.atlanticjobs.com/

BC WorkInfoNet
http://workinfonet.bc.ca/

British Columbia Hi Tech.
http://www.bctechnology.com/frameset_emp.html

Calgary Career Site
http://www.allstarjobs.ca

CallCareers.com Canada
http://www.callcareers.com/

Campus WorkLink
http://www.campusworklink.com/

Canada Online Job Search Guide
http://www.canadajobsearch.com/

CanadaIT.com
http://www.canadait.com/cfm/index.cfm

Canada Job Links
http://www.job-link.ca/

Canada Work Info Net
http://www.workinfonet.ca/

Canadian Career Page
http://www.canadiancareers.com/

Canadian Jobs
http://www.canadajobs.com/

Canadian Jobs : Canada Employment Weekly
http://www.mediacorp2.com/index.html

Career.com
http://www.career.com/

Careerclick.com
http://www.careerclick.com

CareerExchange
http://www.careerexchange.com/

CareerMosaic Canada
http://www.headhunter.net/jobseeker/
jobs/jobfindica.asp?ch=ICA

CareerTips
http://www.careertips.com/

Careertransit.com, Atlantic Canada’s Job Site
http://www.careertransit.com/

Career Edge
http://www.careeredge.on.ca/

Career Internetworking
http://www.careerkey.com/

Career Magazine
http://www.careermag.com/

Career Owl
http://www.careerowl.ca/

Career Studio
http://www.ola.bc.ca/careerstudio/

Charity Careeers
http://www.charitycareers.com/

CRS Major Canadian Companies, HR Departments
http://www.relocatecanada.com/
canjobs.html

CRS Career Channel
http://www.careermag.com/crs/

CRS Cities: HR Departments
http://www.relocatecanada.com/
cityjobs.html

Dice.com
http://www.dice.com/

Education Canada Network
http://www.educationcanada.com/

Employment Opportunities In The Space Industry
http://www.spacejobs.com/index.shtml

Environmental Jobs and Careers
http://www.ejobs.org/
 Financial Job Network
http://www.financialjobnet.com/

Forestry Employment Bulletin Board
http://www.canadian-forests.com/
job.html

Futurestep
http://www.futurestep.com/

Globecareers
www.globecareers.com

Hamilton-Wentworth Employer Directory
http://www.pichamilton.net/

Hotjobs.ca
http://www.hotjobs.ca/

“Human Resources Canada” Offices in CRS Cities
http://www.relocatecanada.com/
humanresourcescanada.html

Human Resources Development Canada
http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/

“Job Bank” Human Resources Canada
http://jb-ge.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/

JobLink at Icdirect
http://www.icdirect.com/cgi-bin/getHTML.exe/www/0/0/jl?fhttpFile=/www/joblink.html

Jobs Canada
http://www.jobscanada.com/

Jobs in Canada with Jobrapido
http://www.job-rapido.ca/?q=canada

Jobs for Physicists and Engineers by PhysLINK.com
http://www.physlink.com/Community/JobBoard.cfm

JobFindCentral
http://www.jobfindcentral.com/

Jobs.ca
www.jobs.ca

Jobshark.ca
www.jobshark.ca

Mazemaster
http://www.mazemaster.on.ca/

MedHunters.com, Healthcare Jobs
http://www.medhunters.com/

Meta-list of On-Line Job-Search Resources and Services
http://www.job-hunt.org/index.html

Misconsult
http://www.misconsult.com/

Monster.ca, Career Center
http://www.monster.ca/

MultiMediator – Canada’s Multimedia Guide
http://www.multimediator.com/

National Association of Career Colleges
http://www.nacc.ca/

Nextsteps
http://www.nextsteps.org/

Positionwatch, IT Positions
http://www.positionwatch.com/

Quinte Region (ON), Job Resources
http://www.quinte.on.ca/sites/employ.htm

Resort Jobs Database – Canada
http://www.resortjobs.com/do/where/jobtree/Canada/

Seasonal Employment.com
http://www.seasonalemployment.com/canada.html

Student Employment Network
http://www.studentjobs.com/

Summer Jobs – Canada
http://www.summerjobs.com/do/where/jobtree/Canada/

Thingamajob
http://www.thingamajob.com/

Tiger Jobs
http://www.tigerjobs.com/rareas/

Toronto Computerwork.com
http://toronto.computerwork.com/

Vancouver insurance jobs
http://www.insuranceheadhunters.com/

WITI
http://www.witi.com/index-c.shtml

Worksearch
http://www.worksearch.gc.ca/

Workopolis, Mega Job Site
http://www.workopolis.com/

Job Recruiting Companies
Accu-Staff,Windsor
http://www.accu-staff.com/

Aerotek
http://www.aerotek.com/

AES Recruitment Advertising
http://www.aescompany.com/

The Agricultural Labour Pool
http://www.agri-labourpool.com/

Ajilon Canada, IT Careers
http://www.ajilon.ca/index.jsp

Anderson Executive Recruitment
http://www.andersoncareers.com/

Angus Miles
http://www.angusmiles.com/

Anne Whitten Bilingual
http://www.annewhitten.com/

Antiphon
http://www.antiphon.co.uk/

Black Appointments
http://www.blackapp.co.uk/

Bradson Staffing Services
http://www.spherion.com/

BrainsTalent.com, Recruitment
Advertising Innovators
http://www.brainstalent.com/

Canadian Executive Recruitment
http://www.cdnexec.net/

Canadian Medical Placement Service.
http://www.cmps.ca/

Canadian Recruiters and Directory of Recruiters
http://www.directoryofrecruiters.com/

Career Edge
http://www.careeredge.org

CCT Inc.
http://www.cctinc.org/

CEO, Inc.
http://www.ceoemp.com/

ComputerWork
http://www.computerwork.com/
 Conestoga Personnel Resources Inc.(CPR)
http://www.conestogapersonnel.com/

Cooljobscanada.com
http://www.cooljobscanada.com/

CRS Job Resources
http://www.relocatecanada.com/jobs2.html

Kelly Services
http://www.kellyservices.com/

Medical Recruiting Services
http://www.medicalrecruitingservices.ca

People Bank, The
http://www.thepeoplebank.com/

Personnel Management Group, Winnipeg Manitoba
http://www.pmg.mb.ca/

Pharma
http://www.pharma-career-box.com/

Planet Recruit Canada
http://www.planetrecruit.com/
channel/int/country/Canada/

Prior Resource Group – Kitchener Jobs, Waterloo Jobs
http://www.priorresource.com/

Quantum Technology Recruiting
http://www.quantum-qtr.com/

Recruiters Online Network
http://www.recruitersonline.com/

Red Seal Recruiting Solutions Ltd
http://www.redsealrecruiting.com/

Senior Quality Personnel
http://www2.pleaseapply.to/sqprecruiters/

Showbiz Jobs
http://www.showbizjobs.com/

TEKSystems
http://www.teksystems.com/

Titan Recruitment Solutions
http://www.titanrecruitment.com/

Total Staffing Solutions
http://www.totalstaff.ca/

TRS Contract Consulting Group
http://www.trscontract.com/

Western Canada’s Careers/Recruitment Web Site
http://www.tmp.com/

Yellow Pages List of Recruitment Agencies

Corporate Job Sites
Air Canada
http://www.aircanada.ca/about-us/employment/

Alcatel
http://www.alcatel.com/

Aquent
http://www.aquent.com/

AT&T Canada Careers
http://www.attcanada.com/careers/

BrassRing
http://www.brassring.com/

Canadian Tire
http://www2.canadiantire.ca/
CTCwebsite/welcome.html

CIBC
http://www.cibc.com/ca/inside-cibc/careers.html

Edward Jones
http://www.jonesopportunity.com/ca/

Ericsson
http://www.ericsson.com/careers/

FedEx
http://www.fedex.com/ca_english/
about/employment.html

Fluor Canada Ltd.
http://www.fluorcanada.ca/career_ops/career_ops.htm

Future Shop
http://www.futureshop.ca/companyinfo/careers/en/default.asp

Hewlett Packard
http://www.jobs.hp.com/

Home Depot
http://www.homedepot.ca/escalate/store/DisplayVisitor?pls=hd_canada_gift&page=content/static_Careers&loginPage=content/static_Careers

Hummingbird
http://www.hummingbird.com/jobs/

IBM
http://www.can.ibm.com/hr/

Indigo Inc.
http://chapters.indigo.ca/article.asp?artcode=careers

Loewen Windows
http://www.loewen.com/
 

Manulife
http://www.manulife.com/corporate/corporate2.nsf/Public/FrameSetCareersApplyNow.html

MedaGroup
http://www.medagroup.com/

Microsoft Canada
http://www.microsoft.com/canada/employment/

Motorola
http://www.motorola.ca/asp/english/excitingcareers/

Nortel
http://www.nortelnetworks.com/employment/

Oracle
http://www.oracle.com/ca-en/employment/

President’s Choice Financial
http://www.banking.pcfinancial.ca/en_ca/templates/about_us/we_are_hiring.jsp?referid=sideNav

Price Waterhouse Coopers
http://www.pricewaterhousecoopers.com/ca/eng/careers/main/index.html

Rona
http://www.careers.rona.ca

Royal Bank
http://www.rbc.com/uniquecareers/

Sears Canada
http://www.sears.ca/e/careers/index.htm

Staples
http://www.greatcareersatstaples.ca/default1.asp

Sun Life
http://www.sunlife.ca/canada/cda/level1_page_career_v2/0,2329,1-8,00.html

TD Bank
http://www.td.com/hr/index.jsp

Tim Hortons
http://www.timhortons.com/en/join/corporate.html

WestJet
http://c3dsp.westjet.com/guest/jobs/index.jsp;jsessionid=C1DDDhpk7aqpV0VG5UHCD7g355Q1CCcavAos4xVFH0Sc1t81Pw2M!1496531260

Yahoo! Canada
http://ca.yahoo.com/docs/info/jobs.html

Careerowlresources.ca

http://www.careerowlresources.ca/

Cost of Living Reports
http://www.relocatecanada.com/crseri.html

 

Jobs in Canada
http://www.jooble.ca

Ressourceschouettecarriere.ca
http://ressourceschouettecarriere.ca/

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