Posts Tagged ‘ Canadian Visa – Work Visa in Canada ’

How to get through Canada immigration without a Job offer letter.

The secret to job hunting in Canada is to understand that the real job market is hidden. The degree to which this is true in Canada often surprises newcomers. The vast majority of jobs are never advertised. Unless you know where to look, you will never even see most of the jobs that are available.

Think about what that means. All those online job boards, all those newspaper ads and all those help-wanted sings are only showing you a tiny fraction of the jobs which are available. These are all valuable places to start your job hunt. However, if you limit yourself to watching for jobs that are advertised you will be greatly limiting your options. You need access to the hidden job market.

So, how do you access the hidden job market? The answer is “networking”.

What is a networking?

A network is who you know. Chances are you already have a network, you just don’t know it. Your network is your family, it is people that you know through previous jobs, people you went to school with or know from professional associations. Your network is your friends, your friend’s friends, and their friends. You are connected to all of these people by who you know. They are the secret to accessing the hidden job market.

Before you arrive in Canada start to build a network via Facebook, search for Canadian groups, pages and join these and contribute and build up friends and contacts. Join a proffessional network such as LinkedIn and like FaceBook join Canadian related groups, search out contacts in your industry and link up with them. Ask for recommendations and make sure your profile is up to date and current.

Marisol Diaz
Settlement & Integration Resources Publisher
Int’l Employment & Career Columnist

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Which employers are willing to help your through Immigration Canada.

In order to work in Canada, a foreign or skill worker needs a work permit. In order to get a work permit a foreign worker or foreign trained professional needs a job offer.   That is your ‘door’ or one of first steps to immigrate to Canada through employment.  What employers or companies are  willing to help you with it?  who or which companies are ready to comply with the law?

First of all,   as editor-in chief of an ePublishing firm I’ll tackle  the question of  who are the employers willing to help through immigration Canada?  Something I got all the time as there are many Canadian companies already working on the issue but  how much is the foreign reader  willing to pay for such  compilation?

Secondly, I’ll answer the question  about  if we are an employmente agency:  no. We are not an employment agency and are not licensed or authorized to find jobs for candidates we are niche publishers. Secondly, if we did so, we’d probably be creating conflict of interest situations. But while our firm can’t find you a job, we CAN give you some good advice:

There ARE such things as “International Trained Professional friendly” companies. We were running such database for years. These can be anything from a giant corporation which routinely is forced to hire foreign talent to a small company which has filed a successful employment-visa in the past in the name of a really great employee and, with the experience demystified and a positive situation, is willing to do so again. As with all employment, SUPPLY and DEMAND is the key issue in your ability to find such company/or  employer. For example, if you are a Computer Programmer with expertise in a hot new programming language, you’ll have companies fighting over you. If you are a recent grad with degree in marketing, then you better be prepared to show prospective employers why you are worth the effort.

In companies which hight hire foreign workers’s volume, the legal fees for thevisa filing are usually paid for by the employer. While there is no prohibition that the employee pay legal and filing fees, there are  others that MUST be paid by the employer. In smaller companies, WHO pays the lawyer fee is a matter of negotiation, again, based on supply and demand. If you are cutting your own deal because you are in high demand, the workers visa processing is usually a part of it. If not, the employer may be willing to sign the papers but not pay. They MUST, ALWAYS, pay the workers visa fee.

So how do you get a job? Well, let’s divide you into three categories:

TEMPORARY PROFESSIONALS ALREADY HERE WISHING TO CHANGE EMPLOYERS:

As you probably know, getting an workers visa transferred is usually less painful than that first work visa approval. If you are in valid work status, recruit aggressively and fire out resumes. If competition for the job is tough, you may want to add in the cover letter that you will be responsible for handling all of the costs associated with the transfer of your work visa, and save in fees explanation for later, in person.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS PLANNING FOR GRADUATION:

You will encounter MANY immigration lawyers who tell you that it’s “safer” to get your work permit as soon as possible and that practical training can be cut short. Don’t buy it. Unless you are graduating with a highly coveted degree and you KNOW you are in great demand, the Post Completion Practical Training can be an INVALUABLE tool. Here’s why: when you start a new job and the employer doesn’t know you, they are right to be concerned about investing the time and the money in getting you an work permit. By starting with them in practical training- which requires NOTHING on their part- and proven your worth to them- you set up a situation where the transfer to work permit status a year later is a piece of cake if you don’t have or gained an internship while at school. I have had dozens of inquiries follow this advice successfully…six months into the practical training, I get a call from the client and after 5 mellow minutes explaining what we need to do in six months, the employer is happy and ready to commit to the work permit. Besides, if you DON’T use the year of practical training or internship, you are wasting a year of work permit status!

NOTE: there are some limited situations where it DOES make sense to cut your internship or practical training short in exchange for an work permit. As we have explained in the past,  internship status is an extension of the student visa, which requires continuing nonimmigrant intent. Conversely, the work permit does NOT require proof of nonimmigrant intent. Consider the following situation:

EXAMPLE: You graduate and start practical training. Your girlfriend, a lawful permanent resident, and you decide to get married. You do so and she files an immigrant petition on your behalf, but it will take a few years for the priority date to become current. If you remain in the international student internship status and travel during that year after graduation, you risk getting stuck abroad! By filing your petition, you have demonstrated that you intend to immigrate. In doing so, you are deniable at entry as  student visa  if you travel abroad…so if you ARE going to travel that first year, you’d better switch to work permit and get stamped while abroad with a new international student stamp in your passport.

PROFESSIONALS ABROAD LOOKING TO WORK IN CANADA FOR THE FIRST TIME

I imagine that we have many of these among our readers, as this question appears in e-mail all the time. Here’s the best advice I can give you about finding an Immigration-based visa position in Canada.

Rely almost exclusively on the Internet for your career search, especially if you are in a high-tech field.
If you have any friends or family in Canada., ask them to help you in your job search.
NEVER, EVER pay a “finders fee” to a company purporting to place professionals. Except for megafirms, I have YET to see a SINGLE such situation which did not result in an absolute theft of money. The REAL employers don’t charge you because they need you if they are bothering to consider work permit visa applicants!

Don’t be shy about asking for company information, but don’t be obnoxious. I can’t begin to tell you how many calls I get from great employers expressing disbelief at the arrogance of some of the applicants, sitting overseas, “demanding” this and that. Without respect and common courtesy, forget it…Canadian employers understand an egalitarian system, and you should treat whomever you are communicating with- from the lowliest clerk to the CEO – with the same modesty and respect with which YOU would like to be treated.

Everybody and their brother is on the Internet. Before you go with the “exciting new upstart” (translation: we are new, enthusiastic, and have no history), spend HOURS researching them online. Dig deep for information and if it isn’t there, most likely they are not there either…

If they ask you for original documents- degrees, passports, etc.- tell them you understand that if you provide them with certified copies that will suffice. If they say that they must have originals, I can almost guarantee you that you are dealing with a disreputable company. It’s a lie.
If they tell you that “the case is pending”, then they should have, within a couple of weeks of filing, a receipt from the Canada Immigration. Adjudication may be slow, but the receipts are not.

So there you have it, folks. Best of luck in your Canada job hunt!

Marisol Diaz
Settlement & Integration Resources Publisher
Int’l Employment & Career Columnist

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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