Moving to a new country is a life-altering event, and looking for a new job can be a source of anxiety. We constantly hear reports of highly-skilled immigrants struggling to find jobs, even as immigration levels continue to increase. In this article, we want to encourage economic newcomers to be confident and equipped to handle their search for work in Ontario.
Being prepared, informed and supported is key to the success and management of the transition newcomers to Ontario embrace. These five tips will help you be better prepared as you adjust your professional goals.
1. Consider alternative career options.
It can take several months to find work in your field or profession. Online assessment tools such as Career Cruising can help you map out new career directions. It also connects you with several online providers of pre-arrival employment services
Another excellent resource is Global Experience Ontario, where you can review alternative career options in both regulated and non-regulated professions in the province of Ontario.
Reviewing your options is an important starting point on your career journey to making your dreams toward a new life in Canada and career fulfilment.
2. Build professional connections via social media to establish a network with local professionals.
LinkedIn, in particular, allows you to broaden your professional connections, and increase your self-promotion and online marketing to key employers in your industry. Local employers and recruiters are checking out your online presence, and it is important to keep your profile updated and active.
3. Don’t focus your search solely on advertised job postings, as the most effective strategy is networking into a company to land your ideal job.
Use a systematic strategy to pursue companies. The most effective job search is through all sorts of networking, so build connections with friends, associates, classmates, professionals, association members, employment consultants, and children’s teachers and coaches. When you first arrive, it may take some time to establish these connections. Nevertheless, as you develop new relationships, stay connected to your new contacts and build more — think of everyone you meet as a potential contact. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to be aware of:
- Keep contacts informed of your job search progress.
- Follow up on leads or names you have been given.
- Be professional in your approach and behaviour.
- Continue to expand your contacts.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or assistance.
- Don’t be discouraged if someone doesn’t have time for you.
- Don’t be shy; speak out and be assertive.
- See if there is anything you can do to help your contacts.
4. Mentoring services and bridge training programs are designed to help you pursue a career in your sector and navigate the preferences of Canadian employers.
To achieve career success, it helps to have expert guidance and mentorship. Bridge programs are carefully designed training programs that prepare you for licensing or certification in regulated and non-regulated professions. In some cases, there may even be financial assistance available to help you cover costs while you pursue these programs.
Mentoring programs can connect you to experts and established professionals in your industry who are committed to helping you fulfil your potential. Mentors can offer career advice and resources to get you there faster. Check out The Mentoring Partnership to learn more about mentoring partnerships and how the program works.
5. Increase your chances of getting interviewed: analyze a job posting and customize your resume according to employer expectations.
Creating a winning cover letter that highlights the qualifications the company is looking for is crucial to the job application process. Take a close look at the top job requirements in the posting. Then take stock of your transferrable skills, education, and experience as they directly relate to the needs outlined by the employer in the posting. Sometimes it’s helpful to highlight key points or make a list of your qualifications that match the employer’s needs. Essentially, tell them why they should hire you.
To get feedback on your Canadian resume format, sign up for a free consultation with one of our employment consultants here.