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How can I get a job in Canada as a Foreign Worker?

Question:  How can I get a job in Canada as a Foreign Worker?

I can’t find an employer who will even GET BACK TO ME. Where can i find Canadian employers who will consider hiring me as a foreign worker or on a temporary visa or something like that?


Whether you’re looking for your very first job, switching careers, or re-entering the job market after an extended absence, finding a job in Canada requires at least two main tasks: understanding yourself and understanding the job market.

There are two ways to get into Canada, temporarily (with a visa, “to visit”) and permanently (with permanent residence, “to immigrate”). Visas are somewhat hard to come by unless you’re in a niche market.

Here are several ways to actually get a job.

Research the company:  Canadian Database  for Int’l  Professionals  they put jobs out there by employers who have prior form in recruiting foreign workers.  You can  subscribed  and start  applying to jobs.

Be stable. A company doesn’t want to hire someone with wanderlust who still wants to relocate. Be prepared to outline why you are where you are today, how long you intend to stay there, and why.
Use placement agencies. They sometimes keep a good chunk of your income for themselves, but they can get you decent placements, so you can improve that resume. Never go to just one agency. Always go to as many as possible. It is easy and it increases your chances a lot!

You could also try certified immigration firms but you will have to pay them to do your  paperwork. 

Lastly but no less once  you are in  Canada go to those career workshop places run by the government, which is FREE. These places some of them are specifically for new immigrants but I have someone who has been in Canada for 7 yrs and still joined. Those places teach you how to write resume, go to interview etc. after that they send you to companies where you volunteer for those companies for 3-4 months. So you actually have to be there for 40 hours per week. My old company is part of this program and after 3 months they actually do hire the employee.



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  Professional or Hineni CED ,  a Paid Content   or Informational Services site run by Hineni Media.

Access more than 400,000+ Canadian province-specific company profiles in industries such as manufacturing, transportation, consumer goods, consulting services, finance and technology.  Available only to premium subscribers.

Finding Job Listings in Canada

Finding Job Listings in Canada

Most  international students apply for positions using the CO-OP  Navigator, but some choose to find a CO-OP job ontheir own. There are many good reasons to go this route, from wanting to customize your CO-OP  experience, to finding out-of-the-way opportunities in a highly competitive market. Whatever thereason, we want to help you achieve your goals!

To find out more, we invite you to consult the list of employers who do not post on the CO-OP Navigator but in specific directories and databases.

Once you have found companies you’re interested in, start checking out job opportunities. Visit the  company web site to review open positions. Most companies have an employment section with current job openings, and you may be able to apply directly online.

Job search engine like Indeed searches only company sites, so it’s an excellent resource for finding jobs at specific employers.
•Finding Jobs at Company Web Sites here

How do I get a job in Canada if I’m not a resident?

How do I get a job in Canada if I’m not a resident?

We receive literally hundreds of emails every month from prospective migrants who need a job in order to get into Canada (or simply to eat once they are here) asking us whether we can help them to get the job or how they should go about doing it. Naturally it is the biggest concern for anyone moving from one country to another.

Given that it is now crucial to your chances of successfully migrating here for many Federal Skilled Immigrant Category applicants you need to have some guidance on the matter.

Just because you have a job at home does not mean you will find a job here. That is the first warning.

Just because you may be granted residence of  Canada  without a job also does not mean you are employable here.

Just because Canada  has trade and health  skills shortages (possibly in your area of work) does not mean any Canada employer will be interested in employing you.

The fact is that the vast majority of you are going to require that offer of employment in order to make living in Canada a reality. We receive hundreds of letters and electronic messages from people telling us that they have sent off many curriculum vitae to Canada  companies, schools or other potential employers and have not yet been offered any job. They seem surprised. We are not.

Most of the net based recruitment companies clearly point out on their job sites that you cannot apply for the job if you do not have residence or a work permit. But you may be in the position where can’t get residence without a job and you (usually) cannot get a work permit without being offered a job. So what gives?

How do you reconcile these obvious contradictions?

The first thing to do is to appreciate that our immigration policies are as dysfunctional as the next country’s. This is not to excuse it; just to state that our bureaucrats and Government have come no closer to solving this problem than most Governments. We don’t know why as it is not rocket science!

On the one hand Canada  does have in many sectors a trades and health  shortage of skilled workers. The Government has introduced some new policies such as the work to residence programmes to try and address this issue. They may work to alleviate shortages but they don’t appear to be a roaring success.

The fact is our employers would always prefer to employ locally if possible for reasons of cultural certainty and because they don’t want to deal with  Canada Immigration Department if they can avoid it.

On the other hand they often have little choice as local candidates become more and more scarce.

However, Canada  employers, like those in your own country we are sure, are reluctant to employ people that:

1. They have not met face to face and had a chance to talk to, and
2. Can have no guarantee of getting a work permit/visa for if they offer them work (regardless of the torture they have been through in trying to fill the position locally) because policy settings and the attitude of the bureaucrats can make it so difficult, and
3.Do not have residency in Canada  and possibly never will, and who understandably are reluctant to “burn their bridges” at home and come over to Canada to take up a job (if one was offered) without any guarantee of residence.
If we haven’t put you off you might just make a good migrant……

Clearly there are major difficulties lying ahead of you. How do you get around the problem? Is it possible to find work without visiting  Canada?
The short answer in 95% of cases is no. If you are a nurse, possibly; a n IT specialist, Engineer or a tradesman you might get very lucky.

The first thing which you should do before even contemplating seeking employment in Canada is to find out from a lisenced immigration consultant what your options are with regard to meeting Canadian entry criteria, whether that be temporary or permanent and what issues you might confront.

No point looking for a job if you are unlikely to either gain a work visa or residence.

We are constantly amazed how many people find jobs in Canada  expecting to be able to stay permanently only to be told that their chances are virtually non existent because they do not meet permanent entry criteria. Often this has occurred after they have shipped goods to Canada, uprooted their spouses and children and naturally it comes as a great shock when they get here. So before you do anything else, ask for  our questionnaire, e-mail it to us along with your payment for one of our licensed consultants assessment fee and we will then advise you whether we can get you to the starting gates!

If after they have assessed your options  we believe residency is a genuine possibility (or a work permit is) and you require an offer of employment their advice to you will be quite simple.

If  they believe you have sufficient points (less the 50 – 60 a job offer is worth under the Federal Skilled immigrant Category) and  they  believe that you are employable (if necessary they will discuss your employability with qualified recruitment specialists), we will advise you to seriously consider retaining them. They will then advise you on what is required to file your Expression of Interest (in permanent residence) and on the basis we believe you will then receive your invitation to apply for residence they will instruct you on what documents you require, encourage you to travel to Canada, seek work and once you have found a job instructing us to apply for both work and residence permits at the same time. If you do so and have a willing employer (who will jump through the necessary hoops – which many will when they have our guidance) then the work permit should be secured within a few weeks while the residence process takes its course at the same time.

The alternative (and less certain route) will be to buy an airline ticket and book a trip to Canada, which will last at least 4 weeks to 4 months to find a job before beginning to prepare to lodge residence papers. The risk of failure is far higher if this approach is taken as the time frames become drawn out and employers don’t like being kept waiting.

Might it be possible to line up interviews before you land in Canada?
Possibly, but again it is less likely than if you are here. If you have some specialised skill and a patient employer-to-be in Canada  then this does happen especially in occupations where there is a desperate shortage. You should really only begin this process a few weeks before you get here or you will be of little interest to employers and recruitment agencies.

It is unlikely a recruitment company will market you in this way before you are here to actually attend any interviews they might be able to line up.

So generally our advice is to start this process when you are here.

Who is the best person to market my skills?
Once you are in Canada we believe that as a general rule the best person to market you is you.

Around 40% of all migrants get jobs because they have identified companies  that might be able to use their skills and have approached them directly – often those companies were not even advertising.

If you have friends or family here and you can tap into their networks that too is a very good way of finding work.

Personnel recruitment agencies generally speaking show n a lack of interest in people who are not permanently resident or who do not have work permits. We know of many who will not deal with you at all if you cannot start work immediately i.e. you need a work permit or residence. They will seldom give you more than a passing consideration as a consequence. Even if they do consider you it will probably be because they have some incredibly desperate employer/client who cannot fill the position locally. This doesn’t mean there aren’t jobs – it just means Recruiters are not interested in helping you because Canada  employers are often reluctant to get involved with the immigration process (and having to deal with the immigration bureaucrats) or are reluctant to get involved with migrants full stop. The Recruiters who are paid based on commission understandably prefer the least risk option for them  which is get locals because they don’t need work permits. This often applies even if you are a better candidate.

Therefore if you do not want to apply for residence and get your points approved first, we advise the best way of finding a job is as follows:

1. Use Google and search online recruitment sites, and
2. Identify companies  which may be able to use your skills and approach them directly.  Also local Yellow Pages telephone directory is very helpful in this regard. The yellow pages is now on the internet (,
Try Personnel recruitment companies but don’t be disappointed if they don’t appear overjoyed to see or hear from you.

The role of the Internet in job seeking:
The internet can be incredibly valuable for checking out who is looking for workers and what jobs are going. It appears to be the worst place to look for work if you are an immigrant or thinking of immigrating to Canada. If you check out any of the major internet based job sites almost every one of them will tell you that you must be a Canada resident or citizen to apply. These employers are not interested in thousands of CV’s arriving from offshore by migrants on a job fishing expedition.

It is common to be rejected because “you have no Canada work experience” or “Canada  qualifications”. There is nothing you can do about this except try and stay sane. Then if you set your sights lower and apply for lower level jobs you may be told that you are “over-qualified” for the position. This is often a polite way of telling you that the employer does not wish to employ an immigrant who has English or French as a second language or a name they cannot pronounce. Do not let these responses deter you. Those that persevere generally succeed if you have the time, the patience and the drive. This part of the process will really test your commitment!

The bottom line is that the more advanced you are with the residence process the easier it will be to find employment for those with English or French as their home language and who are culturally close to ‘European’ Canadians.

The speed with which migrants obtain work is probably related to how high up they are on the list below:

1.English or French home language, resident permit holder of  Canada
2.English or French home language, open work permit holder of  Canada
3.English or French second language, resident permit holder of  Canada
4.English or French second language, work permit holder of  Canada
5.English or French  home language not in Canada
6.English or French  second language, not in  Canada – a big ask!


According to the findings of the ongoing Immigration Survey – wave one, 90% of immigrants who reported English or French as a language they spoke best were employed either when their residence or landing immigrant  was granted or shortly thereafter.

If this makes the process sound racist, that is an accusation that can perhaps fairly be levelled at many Canadian employers. We are not excusing that but would like to try and explain it to you. We believe that most Canada are not racist on a one to one basis but are as racist as the next bunch in terms of stereotyping groups  of people. Potential migrants must understand that generally,  Canada  who are old enough to be employers, largely grew up in a country that was effectively mono-cultural – read, English or  French – and many are taking time to adapt to the new multi-cultural paradigm. Many are simply afraid of what might happen if they employed an engineer who has a name they cannot pronounce and who might have English as a second language. This frustrates immigrants beyond belief but it is reality that will take time to change and thankfully has begun changing in major centres like Toronto.

In our experience once a company has employed one immigrant they are usually keen on employing more.

The Ontario  Chamber of Commerce has established a website which you may wish to visit. This is an attempt to put recently arrived migrants in touch with Canada employers who are happy to be dealing with migrants. You can go there now by clicking on

Is there any other way of finding a job?

Of course there is another way. Notwithstanding what we have said above while you are in Canada you will very quickly realise that people are friendly and helpful. Employers included! The more of them that you speak to about your difficulties the more doors will open as a consequence of our seeming genetic drive to help our fellow man. Someone who may not have been looking to fill a vacancy may just offer you a job – it happens a lot especially now given the skills shortages that exist. Many employers have given up wasting money on advertising in the print media or through consultants as the skills are simply not locally available.

What happens if you are offered a position while visiting Canada?  What should you do then?
If you are offered the position you must understand that the employer is in all probability going to want you to start work immediately or within a few weeks. This creates problems.

The employer has made the offer, they want you to fill it, therefore flying home and handing in and working out your notice, selling your house, letting the children finish the term at school, packing up and flying back to Canada  some months later with permanent residence may well not be an option as far as that employer is concerned. Obviously a starting date can be negotiated but again it is our experience that one of the reasons non residents are not offered jobs in many situations is because of their unavailability in the short term to take up the position offered.

You can increase your chances of success by being prepared to either:
1.remain in Canada  and apply for a work permit while preparing and processing your residence papers, or
2.return home for perhaps 6-8 weeks to work out final notice and to give you (us) time to arrange a work visa for you.
If you were to decide on option “ii”, and you are married it is probable that you will then arrive back in Canada to take up that position on your own with your spouse staying behind to tidy everything up. This is stressful but it is a reality for many of our clients. In order to keep the job you have got to be here to do the job and that will cause many inconveniences and further strains along the way.

Having read this you may well be thinking that it is almost impossible but I can assure you that of those clients that we have given this advice to who speak fluent English and who come from English speaking countries, we estimate around 95% have actually obtained the offer of employment they require which has then lead to a successful conclusion to their residence application.

And under current policy settings many of you do not require job offers to gain residence.

The role of consultants in obtaining jobs:
Because statistically so many of you need jobs to get into Canada  many immigration consultancies and lawyers and associated organisations have begun marketing their services to you which often include promises and guarantees of jobs and job offers.

We caution you most strongly to be very sure about what you are paying for in this regard in light of our experiences as outlined above. This consultancy alone receives innumerable complaints from people who have handed over thousands of dollars to offshore companies (and sometimes onshore companies here in Canada) who have all given the impression that they are able to find you jobs.

Be careful, be careful, be careful:
We are not suggesting that they all do not fulfil their promises and obligations but it is our belief based not only on our experience but our unofficial research into several companies offering this kind of service that success rates are nowhere near as high as many of them would have you believe.

Again however, we caution you that we are not suggesting that they are all unethical or unprofessional, but we are advising you to be sure to read the small print in the event that a job is not secured for you in regard to what refunds you may get or what recourse you have. Hand over your money only when you have something water tight in writing that you are happy with.

Hineni Media do not offer any direct job search or job placement service. We have done so after some years in the immigration publishing business based on our experiences in the realities of obtaining work for non residents in Canada. We will however, assist our clients as much as we can when seeking offers of employment before they are resident permit holders or after through subscription to our database. We are sure that the process that way is less complicated, less expensive, less difficult and stressful than perhaps you have contemplated to this point. You might as well be aware of that now.


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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  or  the Key Canadian Employer Directory  ,  a Paid Content   or Informational Services site run by Hineni Media.

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Alternative option to the Federal Skill Worker Application

 As of  June 26, 2010 the Canadian government introduced a cap of 20,000 applications to be considered per year under the Federal Skilled Worker program. This cap applies to those who do not have an offer of arranged employment in Canada. The first year will begin on June 26, 2010, and end on June 30, 2011.   

Within the 20,000 Federal Skilled Worker application cap, a maximum of 1,000 applications per eligible occupation will be considered each year. Also of important note is that the eligible National Occupation Classification Code list for Federal Skilled Worker Applications has changed and been reduced from 38 to 29 occupations.

Requests made on the basis of Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds that accompany a Federal Skilled Worker application not identified for processing will not be processed.

As with the Federal Skilled Worker program, applications submitted under the Canadian Experience Class must be accompanied by the results of the principal applicant’s English or French language proficiency. Only assessments from a third-party language testing agency designated by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism will be accepted.  An good alternative is the Business & Investment Immigration.

The Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class, (CEC), will allow certain highly skilled temporary workers and international students, already living in Canda to remain in Canada while they apply for permanent residence without having to file their applications abroad.
The program contains the following elements:

  • The program is limited to those who have legally entered Canada. Undocumented workers and those without continued legal status will not have access to the program.
  • It is limited to those candidates with work experience defined by the National Occupational Classification NOC Levels of 0, A and B.
  • The selection criteria is based on an assessment of an applicant’s successful labour market integration.
  • Criteria includes a mix of Canadian educational credentials, work experience in Canada and language proficiency in either of Canada’s official languages.
  • valid status in Canada is required at the time of an application
  • at least a moderate language proficiency in one of Canada’s two official languages documented by IELTS and/or TEF, is also required
  • no proof of funds is required
  • for recent graduates at Canadian post-secondary institutions, they must have completed at least 2 years of post-secondary study program at the institution qualifying for post-graduate work permit and at least 12 months of work experience in Canada acquired after graduation (but within 2 years prior to CEC application) and exclusively in NOC Skill Levels 0, A or B.
  • for work permit holders – at least secondary school diploma, trade certificate or apprenticeship required plus 2 years of full time work experience in Canada in skills level 0, A or B acquired within 3 years prior to CEC application.

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 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.

How to find a job by yourself in Quebec, Canada

Well the truth is that it is not easy to find a job in Quebec, Canada

Unemployment is high in all Canada and employers try to cut costs . First, there’s the matter of a work permit. The Canada’s neighbor recession has made under-the-table jobs hard to find, and if you get caught working illegally the punishment is dire: immediate deportation plus a five-year ban on visiting here but probably most of Western Europe. With all the legal loopholes and exchange programs available, there’s no point risking it.

Before you start your search for a job in Quebec, ask yourself a few questions: Do you want to work short term (less than four months) or long term? What marketable skills do you have? Do you require a job in a particular field, or would you settle for almost anything? Can you go it alone, or do you want to bring your partner with you? Are you adaptable, resilient, curious? Finally, do you speak some French or have time to learn before you go?

Paperwork is very complicated for the employer : each new employee (even for a short period of time) must be declared to many different organization, each of them managing one of the many social benefits (see the anatomy of a paycheck)
It is even harder for employees who are not Canadian citizens or at least in the Treaty Nafta Visa. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind
Job contracts : there are basically two sorts : CDD (Contrat à Durée Déterminée), in which you are hired for a certain time (for instance 6 months) and which can be renewed only once and CDI (Contrat à Durée Indéterminée), where there is no limit and it is rather difficult for the employer to end the contract hence you can apply for your residence while at this type of contract ; CDI are, of course, especially difficult to find ; to work and be paid by the hour, a worker has to be registred or have a license as “travailleur indépendant” with Canada Revenue (and it does not make sense for a limited number of hours). More about being an independent contractor or business immigrant.

Combining Work and Study
Studying in Quebec is another way to get the right to work. If you register independently instead of going through an exchange program, college, or art school, tuition is less than $2000 a year. Even if you do go through an exchange program, you can still work. Simply put, students and teachers can work up to 10-20 hours a week during the school year; 20-39 during the summer. All other jobs follow the 20-39 pattern. Of course, teaching pays better than almost any other part-time job, so the limit on hours is not such a problem–especially when you discover how inexpensive Quebec can be. (Writers on Quebec seldom mention the ridiculously low college tuition, the cheap to reasonable rent, and the public transportation that eliminates the need for a car.)
Career-Track Jobs
If you already have a career in North America, there are two other ways to work in Quebec. First, if you work for a multinational company, you can request a transfer to Quebec or Canada. Your company takes care of the details.

If you’re a high-tech wizard, super-executive, or an entertainer, your skills may be so in demand that the right Canadian-Quebec based company will be willing to handle all the paperwork for you.

Tricks of the Trade

Not enough money to live on while waiting for a job? If you’re going to be an independent student in Quebec, only apply to universities that make you eligible for financial aid. (Contact Immigration Canada details for international students and  for specifics.) Then apply for a student loan. If you can’t get financial aid, try a scholarship or grant. If all else fails, postpone your trip to Quebece long enough to get a job and save up. If you absolutely can’t wait, of course, you could live off credit cards. (Note: bring some traveler’s checks if you want, but the easiest way to spend your American or Euro money in Quebec  is with a credit card or via ATMs. some Canadian ATMs are free and they convert dollars from your American account into francs at a better exchange rate–with no commission–than you’d find anywhere else. If you have a Visa debit card or one with the Cirrus logo on the back, all you need to use Canadian ATMs is a four-digit PIN code.)
Cultural and Practical Job Tips

Applying for the job: Follow the Canadian( Quebec) resume format and get yours written or at least corrected by an educated native speaker of Canadian-French. If you can’t find any in your town, ask the consulate or scan the web for a qualified translator to do it for you. A more low-budget option is to surf the web for educated Canadian-French people, offering to write or correct their resumes in English in exchange for yours in French. In Quebec cover letters are not (gulp) hand written. So type your letter, have a French person check it, then use your nicest handwriting and a good black pen on unlined paper to sign is requested. Photos are not necesary but you can count with linkedin, or your Facebook account for it.  Social Media is a big boom up here. For resumes, the standard format is wallet size or a little smaller.

Take advantage of every possible contact that you have, from friends, colleagues and classmates. Even the most casual acquaintances can sometimes point you towards a potential job lead. Persistence and confidence are vital ingredients to a successful job search.


More to come…..

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.

Finding Work in Canada

Looking for Work?

When it comes to finding a job in Canada, for some people it is as easy as visiting one of the major job portals (Monster,, etc). For international workers, however, it is not as simple. More often than not, applying for a position listed on these web portals as an international worker is futile. Companies are looking for Canadians residents and/or citizens, and are not willing to wait for candidates to come to Canada to hire them.

Because we deal primarily with international workers, we often have to act as an intermediary on their behalf. We contact the employers, set up the virtual interviews, and another  take care of all of the processing and filing requirements to bring the workers to  Canada. Beyond even the language barrier, employers in Canada tend to be so bombarded by offers from other agencies, independant workers, and every-day walkins, that they rely on companies such as ourselves to screen workers and take care of the details.

For independant international workers, this process can tend to be much more complicated. How does one find an employer without working with a recruitment firm? Well, let’s find out!

Don’t Use This Method!    In Canada , Vancouver is our hospitality, Tourism and Temporary jobs kingdom. Then is BC , Quebec and lastly AB (Alberta)
Food Service Employers: Cooks, waitress, bartenders, chefs, banquet, bar staff, chefs, servers, hotel jobs, resort jobs, entry level, supervisory and management positions.

Check this example: Hospitality Employers Alternative Jobs

Step One: Resume
Your First Step should be to analyze your skill sets, and make a short resume or summary of qualifications. A resume for candidacy as an international or overseas worker is a bit different from the typical resume. It should answer the following questions:

•What is your name?
•How old are you?
•What types of jobs have you held?
•What type of positions are you interested in?
•What skills do you posess?
•What is your level of English or French? (Beginner, Intermediate, Fluent, Fluent-Professional)
•What kind of training/education do you posess?
•Have you ever visited/worked in Canada?
•What is your Contact information?
In the interest of time and paper cost, do your best to minimize the resume to one page, or two for more technical pursuits. This document is more of an introduction. Further information can be divulged at the interview stage (if the company requires an interview.

When choosing a job category, make sure that it is something that you are interested in, and qualified to do. Employers typically utilize international or overseas workers as a last result, or as a cost-cutting measure. If they are able to find a more qualified candidate for less/the same amount of money within their own country, they typically will go with that candidate. For unskilled jobs, a complete and exact work history is typically not as important as the skills a candidate may posess. For example, target your resume to match the job that you are interested in. For someone interested in working as a Cook/Chef, having “Cooking- 5 years” on a resume is a bigger help than showing prior work history as a accounter or financial analyst. Don’t get me wrong – a good work history is a great thing to have, but one can always risk looking overqualified for a job.

Step Two: Job Search
As in any job search, it is important for international trained candidates to set up a list of potential employers. Start with the best possible scenario – the highest paying employer in the province with the lowest cost of living. The last employer on your list should be the one with the lowest salary. This is to be a last result – simply a way to get your foot in the door.

Do you have a preferred location? Many people that have never been in Canada still have a place they have always wanted to visit, or a province that they had heard was beautiful. Our company is based in Toronto, which is often sought by candidates from candidates in the North and from Southern hemispheres. Some candidates enjoy larger cities, and focus their job search on British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. Candidates interested in saving money on the Cost of Living will often look for more inner cities or semi rural locales, including Kitchener (Cambridge, Waterloo), New Brunswick, PEI, and Saskatchewan.

Once you have settled on a location, go ahead and search for local and regional Job Search portals in the area. Some national sites such as Eluta,, workopolis, Jobsincanada and Monster can also be used as a reference point. As we mentioned, these types of resources do not make a good basis for a job search, as they are primarily targeted at Canadian based workers. Smaller Job Search Portals may be of more use, as they typically have more unskilled-labor types of positions.

Local and Regional newspapers often have an online classifieds section that can aid in a job search. Many employers are required by law to post advertisements in these periodicals prior to hiring international workers. Posts that are larger in size, and include the name of the company, number of jobs available, a reference number or Job ID, and instructions to send in a resume are generally very good indications that the company is either an employer, or a recruiter working for the employer. Take Notice, however: Applying for these positions will not get you the job – they are used as a measure to ensure that there are no domestic workers available to fill the position.  If you find a company such as this, search for their direct contact information via Linkedin or Google.

Another great way to find positions is to locate the corporate branch or management office of large chains. Examples are Tim Hortons, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Dixie Lee Fried Chicken or Mary Brown’s Fried Chicken,  Theme & Amusement Parks like Marine Land in Niagara Falls, and others. Contact the Human Resources department, and request information about international recruitment. If they have a recruiter that they work with, contact them to learn more about the application process.

Step Three: Contact
When making contact with an employer, the first steps are crucial. If you are not sure about you English spelling and grammar, have a friend or colleague take a look at anything that you send out. Set up a letter that describes the position you are interested in, where you are from, and when you are wanting to come to Canada. Provide your contact information and an email address where you can easily be reached.

Don’t depend on every employer to answer you. If you get an answer from even one-fifth of the employers on your list, then you should feel fairly accomplished!

Start towards the middle of your list, and work your way up. It’s good to have some practice. After every attempt, your pitch and technique will be that much better. When you are ready to contact the employer at the top of your list, your will be at the top of your game! Save the employers towards the bottom of the list until later. It’s rare for international applicants but you don’t want a bunch of job offers from employers that you are not that interested in, only to turn them down. It is best to keep up a reputation with these companies for the future, in case things don’t work out with your favored employers.

If you will be making phone calls, write a short “script”. Make sure it is something that you will be comfortable reading, and that it will not sound ‘rehearsed’. This is only to be used as a reference. The last thing that you need is someone catching on that you’re reading your responses off of a piece of paper.

You need to have a resume ready. Companies  and Job Portals will often require a resume. Have one available in an electronic format for easy distribution. The electronic version should have little to no formatting (bold or italicized text, underlining, etc).

Final Preparation
If you have found an employer that has worked with international or overseas workers in the past, and can handle all of the processing and filing requirements, then you are good to go. If you are having trouble finding an employer, or find one that is not sure of how to proceed, sometimes it may be in your best interests to contact a international recruitment specialist or firm. International recruitment worker specialists are often freelancers that have dealt with international or overseas employment firms and/or staffing agencies, and choose to help candidates or employers on an individual basis. Larger firms have the manpower and the resources to take care of any needs that may arise, but often charge larger processing and filing fees.

When looking for help, make sure that the company you contact has experience in dealing with international or overseas  workers. The last thing you need is someone ‘winging it’ and causing your paperwork to be delayed or even denied.

Talk to the company representative, and see if they have a local affiliate in your country. Often this is a recruitment firm that has partnered with Canadians company, and can provide additional information. The rates with the affiliate may be a little higher, but it will be easier for you to get placed into a group of workers headed to Canada. This will help with processing times, and minimize the paperwork needed to get to Canada.

If you have any further trouble, feel free to contact us for a  consultation. Through our database we can help you find an employer, process the paperwork, and help with all of the processing and filing requirement with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) ;  LaborImmigration Canada, and other regulatory branches of the Canadian  Government.

Other than that, we wish you the best! Stay tuned for additional tutorials and guides!!

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 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.

Who in Canada can provide a job offer letter?

 People tend to concentrate on job interviews, but handling a job offer well can be just as important. Who  can provide you with a job offer letter? Are you up for the challange?

  • Bank of Montreal
  • Scotiabank
  • CIBC
  • Goodmanns
  • Cosco Pharmacy
  • The Good Sheppard
  • City of Toronto
  • Canada Life
  • Canadian Medic Alert

This list above belongs to  some of the few willing to provide you with  a job offer letter if your job description  tells potential employers the exact requirements of the position. Even more useful is the process you use to develop the job description internally and the behavioral characteristics of your ideal position. Assemble a resume or portafolio who represent the best qualities of the skills, experience and credentials you currently hold for the position(s) you are applying.

Develop a job description that delineates an fulfill the key responsibilities and outputs of the position described. Then, define the behavioral characteristics of you as the ideal candidate. Finally, list your five – ten key responsibilities and characteristics you will use for the position.

Sound like a lot of effort? It is. But, you’ll have a much better idea about the characteristics of the ideal candidate Canadian employers want to attract to their companies when they are doing this planning via email or with a recruiting planning meeting firm.


Learn how to use the Internet to find and attract great companies. These are options you can currently consider.

Join Canada Industry Contacts, Association Memberships and Trade Groups for Recruiting Candidates.

Looking for the “right” associations to join? Check out this resource: Find Associations, People, and Businesses from the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Use  Canadian Headhunters and Recruiters
Sometimes, it is worth your time to use headhunters, recruiters, and employment placement firms.

Recruiter’s Online Network.

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