Canada can be a land of new opportunities to further your profession or trade.
As a new immigrant or someone who wishes to immigrate to Canada, securing an employment offer can make your life in your new province much easier. While the job search process might be different in your native country, these tips can help you find more career openings and increase your chance of success.
There are resources available for most professions and trades in Canada, but if you are pursuing one of the following careers, these are some of the top in-demand fields in Canada now:
Immigrants can use Service Provider Organizations (SPOs), which are also commonly referred to as settlement or employment agencies. These agencies are funded by the government and most are free to use. They can offer services such as:
World Education Services (WES) polled whether these employment services helped new immigrants find jobs, and found that 77.3 per cent of survey respondents who used employment services were able to find employment.
Canadian resumes are formatted in a traditional way and employers will want to see concise employment wins rather than a long-winded task list. Skip creating a generic resume and sending it to every job listing you like. Instead, tailor your resume to appeal to each position you apply to. For example, if you have worked in banking and technology, but are applying for an IT position, skip the banking experience unless it is relevant. Alternatively, you can highlight any technical experience you gained in your banking position.
Bridging programs are educational programs for internationally trained professionals. These programs, which are available through many universities in Canada, allow professionals to continue their education and further their skills to fit Canada’s workforce needs. Newcomers looking to find employment in a field that requires licensing or credentials will find more success if they go through a bridging program. This is because becoming a licensed professional is complicated in any country, and the bridging program helps guide newcomers to receive the training they need to complete the process.
Simply do a web search for, “province + bridging programs” to generate a list of universities and companies that participate. There are bridging programs available for several different professions, from accounting to optometry. For example the Alberta government has a bridging program for Costs vary depending on university and profession, but in many cases, a newcomer can qualify for financial aid for a portion of their program.
Depending on your profession, you may need to have your past education, certificates, and work experience certified. This process is sometimes necessary because it matches up your education and experience to what is equivalent in Canadian, so that you do not need to start your job search from scratch. Here are the exact steps to get accredited.
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