Employment in Canada: 10 Tips to Guide Your Job Search
By reviewing some of the key takeaways from the 2022 webinar, we’ve uncovered 10 lessons that will help you find a job well. We reviewed these lessons in a recent webinar and explored the 2019 employment trends that will shape your career.
Let’s take a look at these ten lessons to help you in your career in Canada.
Before arriving in Canada, take the time to research employment prospects, the cities and provinces you plan to travel to, and how your skills compare to those working in your Canadian industry. Research may show that your skills are in high demand in Western Canada, but lower in Ontario, where you intend to settle. Learn about the key locations for employers looking to hire people with the skills and experience like yours.
Consider the following questions in order to make a prudent decision about your life and career in Canada:
- Which city is in greatest demand for my skills and experience?
- Which lifestyle would I prefer: urban, suburban, or rural?
- What are the common positions that fit my skill set? Are these positions different from my current position?
- What is a normal wage range for someone with my experience level?
- Are there any new skills I need to acquire to be successful in my industry in Canada?
Use free tools
There are tons of free tools on the web that you can use to conduct labor market research. The first is Job Bank, a Canadian government resource that has a ton of information on it. You can explore by industry and job title, and find information such as:
- Employment prospects by province/territory and territory
- Salary range
- Permits and Licenses
- educational requirements
- Common Jobs
Statistics Canada publishes monthly information on employment trends across Canada. This data will allow you to understand recessionary and emerging trends. The data will also help you understand trends affecting the Canadian labor market so you can follow these events.
Read the job description
Hiring managers often take great care to write job descriptions carefully. When applying for a position, take the time to thoroughly understand the relevant requirements, qualifications, and skills before submitting your application. Job descriptions contain a lot of information, so go through each section carefully and incorporate it into your resume. This will increase the likelihood that your application will pass the screening stage and get a chance to impress the hiring manager in an in-person interview.
Understand the recruitment process
Once you submit your application, it will be helpful to understand the stages in the hiring process so you can set expectations while you wait for a response, and know exactly who to contact as you move on to the next steps. Human resources (HR) and hiring managers play different roles in the hiring process: HR helps to hire managers to identify needs for positions, find and screen applicants, and support final decisions; hiring managers identify HR drafts job descriptions, conducts interviews, and evaluations, and acts as the final decision-maker.
Hiring decisions are time- and resource-intensive, and you should be as patient as possible in the hiring process.
Use your academic degree certification
Accreditation of your academic degree is an invaluable tool on your journey to career success in Canada. For potential employers, credentialing is verifiable evidence that you are qualified for the position and that your suitability is not in doubt. Be sure to include a statement of equivalence (found in your certification report) in the education section of your resume. Inform the employer when you are interviewed in-person to share your credential certification with the employer so they can verify your academic qualifications.
As your vision for your future career in Canada becomes clearer, set goals for your specific plans on the way to your ultimate goal. Your objectives should be explicit, quantifiable, attainable, timely, and relevant. To recall these five recommendations, use the abbreviation “SMART.
It may take a certain amount of time for you to achieve your goal of successfully finding a job in the industry. Make a plan, and stick to it, that will help you find your way as you explore this transition period in your life.
Build your network
Professional networks are an extremely valuable commodity in the Canadian professional environment. Your network of contacts provides connections to social capital and opportunities. Referrals made by your network are more likely to lead to interviews (and onboarding) than online application submissions and walk-in phone calls. To network, you need to pay close attention to communication skills, including how to convey information, body language, and interactions with others. As you move into career fields in Canada, pay attention to the habits of those with large social networks, such as:
- language use
- non-verbal cues
- eye contact
- topic of conversation
Learn from those who are good at networking that will help you build your own professional community. Remember, networking is a back-and-forth relationship that includes sharing your professional experience and drawing on the professional experience of others.
Find your professional community
To start networking, you must find your professional community in Canada. There are many associations that offer networking events, mostly by location and occupation, and these events also offer opportunities for career development and volunteering so you can meet other people in the industry.
The Toronto Regional Immigration and Employment Council (TRIEC) promotes the Professional Immigration Network (PIN), a group of professional associations designed to help newcomers connect with others.
Explore life outside the three major cities
Most newcomers to Canada choose to settle in five major cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. Metro centers enjoy greater diversity, existing support networks, plenty of first-comer support, and possibly even family and friends in the same area, so there’s a huge appeal. However, small and mid-sized cities offer a variety of opportunities that can offer newcomers a rewarding career and a meaningful life.
When choosing a place to live, analyze what kind of life you want to live in Canada. Building a vision for your life will help you decide where is best for you.
Ask for Help
For newcomers to Canada, there are many free programs and resources available. Programs vary – some focus specifically on employment issues, while others coordinate mentorship relationships or help build your communication skills. Visit the Government of Canada’s website to find first-timer services in your area. Getting support can sometimes speed up the time between arriving in Canada and finding your first job, especially if you start preparing at the pre-arrival stage.
In 2022, the job market will move closer to estimates of the future of work. We will see the rise of ” people skills ” such as creativity, leadership, critical thinking, and analysis and evaluation. As the nature of work changes, you’ll see more and more roles that require individuals to work side-by-side with technology. Individuals will upskill to move to in-demand occupations that match their existing skills.
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