FINDING A JOB IN CANADA
The best time to search for a job in Canada is when you have arrived in the country, as you will have easier access to resources, and will be on hand for phone calls and interviews. Depending on your Canadian visa type, you may need to obtain a work permit or be sponsored by an employer before you begin working. If you are unsure of what you require before working, take a look at our ‘Immigrating’ section.
You may also need to get your qualifications accredited by a Canadian association; many professions such as law, nursing, tradespeople etc. are required to do this. For more information, see our section on ‘Credential Recognition’.
Where to Look
The internet is currently the most popular place to look for jobs. Our Newcomers Canada’s Job Board is a great place to start your job search, particularly as the majority of jobs advertised offer visa sponsorship. Alternatively, Canada’s government owned job board with positions nationwide is www.jobbank.gc.ca. Other online job websites include; CanadaJobs.com, CanJobs.com and Monster.ca.
Social media is becoming a great way to connect with potential employers and many companies now advertise their jobs on their social media pages. LinkedIn has become the world’s largest business network where lots of employers post jobs and choose candidates based on their LinkedIn profile, which is basically an online CV. The website also allows you to connect and network with lots of recruiters and business professionals.
Another popular way to get a job is to use a recruitment agency. Once you know what type of job and work you are looking for, the next step is to find a recruitment agency that specializes in the type of work that you want to do.
The Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services provide a full list of recruitment agencies broken down by province and territory as well as industry classifications on their website. Once you find suitable companies to contact, it’s recommended to call them and ask to speak with a consultant.
Another great place to network and search for jobs is through specific professional and trade associations. Most professions and trades in Canada have registered bodies that represent the interest of members e.g. Engineers Canada or Canada Nurses Association. These organizations provide networking opportunities as well as foreign credential recognition, business advice and support, training and education on behalf of the industry or profession they represent.
It can also be useful to contact companies directly and ask them if they have any vacancies. Often a large number of jobs are not advertised publicly, so if you have a strong interest in a specific company, it never hurts to ask them about potential job opportunities.