How to find a job in Canada?
If you are outside of Canada and would like a job offer from a Canadian employer, here are the steps that you can take to help you land the job that much faster.
Credentials in Canada
First, it is important to understand that in Canada some occupations are regulated and other occupations are non-regulated.
Certain credentials acquired outside of Canada may not be recognized as equivalent to Canadian credentials. This can be because of relative differences between countries, particularly with the description of regulated occupations where health and safety are important.
Getting professional and educational credentials recognized in Canada can take time. So allow for this time before looking for work.
For more information on having your skills recognized visit: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca/content_pieces-eng.do?cid=223
Canadian Style Resume
Once you have confirmed whether or not your occupation is regulated or non-regulated, then you will want to prepare a Canadian style resume. A resume in Canada is very different from a CV in other countries.
Here are the top tips for preparing a Canadian style resume:
- Keep it Short. In Canada, a resume is 1- 2 pages long. Highlighting more of your work experience. Your education should only be a paragraph or two in length.
- Change your resume for each job. When you apply to different jobs, change the keywords that are applicable for each job application. Adjust a few sentences to focus on certain skills and accomplishments.
- Include Volunteer Work. Volunteer work is the perfect way to show employers the contribution and experience that you have completed.
- Social media and Linkedin are very important. Linkedin is an online profile which also acts as a current resume. Make sure it is always up to date, has relevant references and you continue to network with others in your occupation in Canada.
For samples of Canadian style resumes visit:
Jobs in Canada
Now that you have the perfect resume, it is time to start your job search. There is a popular belief that big cities will have the best job opportunities. If you are a foreign job seeker, the opposite is generally true.
You will probably have more success looking for a job outside of the big cities. In the larger cities there is a lot of competition for work, however in the remote communities there may be a greater need for workers. The employers in these out-of-the-way areas may be willing to provide job offers to people outside of Canada.
Here are a few job websites which could include employers who recruit outside of Canada:
If you do not see a job that you are interested in on these websites, you can also do a search on the internet for associations for your occupation in Canada. These associations may have a ‘jobs board’ on their website. These ‘jobs boards’ may have job postings for your occupation in different regions of Canada.
The key to finding a job in Canada is to identify employers who cannot find a local job applicant to fill the job. These employers who cannot find job applicants from their local community are more willing to provide a job offer to people outside of Canada.
Written by Sacha DeVoretz, blog contributor to Bell Alliance Global Immigration Services Inc.