Whether you’re a new immigrant or planning to move to Canada the first thing you need to do is to get a job. Many people think of Canada as a friendly country but in reality to find a Canadian job as a foreigner and pay off your living expenses is not easy at all.
In this article I’ll share with you how to find a job in Canada, how to make a Canadian style resume and how to improve your LinkedIn profile. the best Canadian job sites and a few tips that will help you to find a high salary job as a foreigner or new immigrant.
A resume or CV is a document that has all details about your work experience and education, it’s the first thing your employer looks at so it’s very important to make a good first impression. Here are a few tips that make your Canadian resume stand out
▶The first tip is, never indicate your age or ethnicity. I also advise you not to include a photo on your Canadian resume
▶ ️The second tip is to avoid mentioning your personal information, like your relationship status, or sexual orientation. because no one cares and it’s not relevant to the job
▶ ️The third tip is to make sure you use keywords related to job posting,because most Canadian hiring managers use online software to select the best resume, so they search based on keywords. make sure to include your International experience on your resume even if it’s a volunteering position because it shows that you’re not afraid to relocate and adjust to a new culture
▶ ️ The final tip is to link your LinkedIn profile, and email address to your resume, so that with just one click the hiring manager can view your profile and you can also see who viewed your LinkedIn profile recently.
Cover letter is how you introduce yourself to a Canadian employer. When you apply for a job you want to make a great first impression because your cover letter allows you to get into more details than your resume, and it can open the door to an interview and potentially landing the job. Therefore make sure you have a good Canadian cover letter by using these tips.
▶The first tip is,don’t forget to customise if you are applying to many similar jobs with just adjusting a few words for each job, you can present it properly
▶The second tip is, don’t forget to update the company name, job title, and contact information, because if you forget to change the hiring manager name, he won’t be impressed
▶The third tip is, don’t make it too long, no one spends his time reading your two pages cover letter. make sure to keep it to just one page. A great cover letter is short and respects the reader’s time
▶ ️The fourth tip is to focus on the employer’s needs, not just your life story. instead of using the word I over and over again make sure to address the employers needs
▶ ️ The last tips, don’t be needy. Instead of writing please consider me as your sales representative, you can write “your need for a top performing sales representative is an excellent match for my three year history as a top ranked salesperson”.
LinkedIn is by far the most powerful tool for a job Seeker. It allows you to expand your Connections in your industry which increases your chances to get a job in Canada. Here are my top three useful tips to improve your LinkedIn profile,
1-The first tip is to choose the right profile picture. Your LinkedIn profile picture should be different from your Tinder profile picture so if it’s a picture of you standing on a beach holding a beer make sure to get a professional photo, informal clothes, and good lighting. because it adds personality to your profile. Use keywords related to your job industry, updating your profile for Job searches is a very important step. loading your profile with keywords related to the job you’re looking for will bring up your profile in searches by recruiters.
Finally, make sure to have your own custom URL on LinkedIn by default, your public LinkedIn profile is very long and unprofessional so make sure to go to your profile and edit your link and change it to your name.
2-There are many Canadian job sites that will help you find a job and I’ll share with you the most popular ones in Canada. Obviously the main one is Job Bank which is Canada’s national job posting website and it was launched in 1996. There are over 100 000 jobs available in Canada right now, and you can search based on your job location and categories. for example as a foreigner you click on foreign workers, and filter based on your experience, you will have all of these available jobs, you can reduce the distance to 10 kilometres and filter based on salary and language I will be dropping a YouTube channel link where I will show you step by step on how to apply for job in job Bank as a foreigner.
There are some other popular Canadian job sites and I personally got a part-time job by applying for one of them, a few years ago when I first moved to Canada. The first website that I recommend is indeed.ca. My first job in Calgary was as a salesperson, and I got it by applying on indeed. Obviously LinkedIn jobs are one of the best ones, you can use Glassdoor as well because that’s another popular job site in Canada.
In every Province there are provincial job sites, for example here in Alberta it’s Alias.ca and there are other companies like Monster, zip recruiter, and more. so make sure to browse some of these websites that I recommend, and get familiar with how they work. Many universities and companies organise job fairs, some of these fairs are in person and some of them are online and they usually take two to three days. You can Google job fairs and attend one of them in your city. but as far as I know every University in Canada hosts job fairs at least two times a year I remember when I started studying at U.Calgary which is in Alberta, just after two weeks they hosted a job fair and I went there and I remember I talked to two or maybe three employers and one of them invited me to a job interview and everything went well but unfortunately the covet hit and it ruined everything. So make sure to go to these job fairs because they work really well for newcomers and students. Websites like events bright and Meetup are also good ways to find upcoming job fairs.
There are many employment agencies that can help you find job in Canada, recruitment agencies in Canada can be nationally or internationally licensed, the nationally licensed ones can only help job seekers in Canada but the internationally licensed ones can recruit from overseas, you can search for Canada employment agencies to find a few but some popular employment agencies in Canada…. or Robert Half we understand and haste employment agencies cannot ask for money from job Seekers to help them find work, however they can charge additional services like resume or interview preparation. Beware of any scams or agencies asking you to pay a fee in exchange for a job offer especially if you haven’t moved to Canada yet.
A good way to start your job search in Canada is to make a list of companies you like to work at and then check the career sections on their websites most of these companies let you send the job application for available positions directly through their website, some examples are PWC,PH Farming and KPMG. if you want to take it to another level you can reach out to employer through Linkedin and introduce yourself there. In Canada the interview process takes longer than your home country, and involves multiple rounds of interviews over the phone online or in person. previously the most job interviews were in person but now more companies are using zoom and Google meeting to interview candidates.
Therefore the first step is to analyse the job description, make sure to take your time to read the job posting and use it as a guide. A typical job posting will highlight the responsibilities, qualifications and previous experiences.
The second step is to build your elevator pitch which is a short 20 to 30 seconds introduction, where you introduce yourself. it’s basically the answer to tell me about yourself.
The third step is to prepare to answer common interview questions, the first interview will often have similar questions like tell me about yourself or why are you applying for this job.
The fourth step is is a dress to impress whether you have an in-person or online interview it’s very important to wear your best formal outfits, and avoid outfits with bright colours.
Finally, make sure to have a professional outro now instead of being awkward and having nothing to say. You should have a 10 second outro to thank the interviewer for this opportunity, and tell them to feel free to contact you if they have any further questions. So after your job interview, checking in with the employer and showing your enthusiasts for the job can set you apart.
I highly recommend sending a follow-up email after your job interview to show your interest and thank them for their consideration you can simply say “Dear hiring manager it was my pleasure talking with you today, I really appreciate learning more about your company and I’m looking forward to meeting with you in person and discussing our cooperation further regards” your name, that’s a very easy task and as far as I know almost 90 percent of people don’t do that but it might secure a job offer.
Alright now you know how to get a Canadian job but you’re just halfway the next step is to read about the Top 10 part-time jobs in Canada with zero experience