Written by Sundar Nadimpalli
I recently found a job in Canada, and I owe my success to a systematic approach. This is how you can also find your first job in Canada as a new immigrant.
Use Pre-Arrival Services
I got my confirmation of PR email from IRCC in September 2017. The email listed organizations that offer pre-arrival services. PrepCan was on it.
Tip: PrepCan is listed as Preparing to Work in Canada (PWC) - Provided by Quality Continuous Improvement Centre for Community Education and Training.
I registered with PrepCan and started my job-search journey before I arrived in Canada.
PrepCan webinars made me realize that the needs of the Canadian job market are different from those of my country of origin. The skills and qualities that employers expect to see in potential candidates are also different.
For example, Canada gives much importance to soft and interpersonal skills. The PrepCan webinar referred me to a resource entitled Nick Noorani’s 9 Soft Skills No Immigrant Should Be Without. I recommend you to read it.
Finding a job is hard, and the difficulty gets compounded because you are looking for a job in a country where no one knows about you. That was my situation. I was to become a New Canadian with no demonstrable local work experience. There was no history of my past accomplishments in Canada.
A Good Resume is Key
Through the PrepCan webinars, I learned about the work culture in Canada, teamwork expectations, and resume writing. I started describing my past work experience using action verbs and highlighting my accomplishments.
Most of the companies in Canada utilize an Application Tracking System (ATS) to filter and select job candidates. PrepCan taught me to write customized, ATS-friendly resumes for every job application.
Practice through Mock Interviews
Job interviews, whether they are on the phone, through video or in-person, can be very stressful. The interview is your first opportunity to impress the potential employer after your resume has done its job. Just like everything else in this world, the only way to make interviewing less stressful is to practice a lot.
PrepCan frequently conducts mock interviews webinars, and I attended one. It was time well-invested. I got lots of practice, great tips and tremendous confidence from the mock interview.
Use Post-Arrival Job Search Support
My PrepCan Employment Consultant referred me to ACCES Employment, another IRCC sponsored organization for post-arrival employment services. My job consultant at ACCES Employment helped to fine-tune my resume further and prepare for phone interviews.
Track Your Efforts
Both PrepCan and ACCES Employment stressed the importance of keeping track of my job search efforts. For each job application, I recorded the following information in a spreadsheet:
- Company Name
- Job Title
- Job Application Date
This record helped me further build my list of targeted companies.
Contact Staffing Agencies
I also got in touch with various staffing and recruitment agencies. These agencies have access to employment opportunities that may not be published. They let you tap into the Hidden Job Market.
My Conclusion: Systematic Efforts Will Help You Find Your First Job
As I said earlier, finding a job in Canada is hard. It is harder for new immigrants. Registering with PrepCan and using a systematic approach are your winning strategies. If you have been selected to come to Canada, register with PrepCan.