One of the major concerns newcomers have is “how to get a job in Canada?” There are several sources of job postings and strategies you can choose from. It is not rocket science, but of course, you’ll need to prepare yourself and your documents for the employer’s requirements, and in a Canadian way. Listed below are the most important topics and how to be prepared for this stage.
Check your visa, permit, PR card or any government work permission you have and also, how many hours you are allowed to work weekly. Then, apply for your Social Insurance Number (SIN), if you do not have one yet.
Prepare a resume describing your work experience and listing your educational background. You can learn more about the Canadian resume’s style here.
Open the job bank’s websites and research positions that could be suitable for you. Based on your research, reread your resume and adjust it if necessary. Create a profile and make sure that you keep it updated. Find some links for some popular government job banks here, here, and here.
When you find a job to apply to, it is time to write a cover letter. This is a document where you will describe why you’re the best person for the position you are applying for. A good cover letter can highlight your application. Click here and learn more about cover letters.
When the company is interested in your application, the first step is usually to call you for a phone interview. Most candidates fail at this moment because they are not properly prepared. The best way to succeed in a phone interview is to anticipate the questions that could be made by the interviewer; prepare your answers and study them. You must also research about the company you applied for and the position duties. In this link, you can see some common phone interview questions.
This is a crucial moment in the selection process and it is when you will leave the biggest impression about yourself. In addition to preparing for the most frequently asked questions, you must be careful about your clothes, posture, and attitude. Research about the company’s values and mission, and also their dress code. Avoid bright coloured clothes or details that can catch more attention than what you’re wanting to say. Be confident and put your best self forward. Here you can find some additional advice.
For some job positions, it is possible to have more steps, like oral presentations, demonstration of knowledge, physical or practical tests. The key to success is to prepare yourself! Research, study and practice as much as you can; be assertive and confident.
For entry-level positions, such as a Sales Associate or a Line Cook, another good option is to deliver your resume directly to the store or restaurant where you would like to work. Ask for the manager on duty and explain why you would be a good person to work in that place and talk about your availability.
Looking for a job is stressful and can easily become a full-time occupation. During this period, be conscious of your family budget, incomes, and expenses, and manage it in the best way you can.
No matter how much you prepare for the selection process, you could fail on your first few attempts, but this is totally fine! Don’t give up! There is a steep learning curve. Every time you received a phone call or go to a job interview is one more chance to prepare yourself for the right job for you.
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