Written by Arcelia Camacho, PMP
5 minutes read
I often read that it is crucial to do some research about my desired occupation in Canada, but I do not know where to start. Can you share some pointers? Thanks!
- Clueless Me
Dear Clueless me:
It can be overwhelming to conduct a job market research for your desired occupation but do not despair. Here is a 4-step process you can use to build a thorough job market report and start your job search on the right foot.
1. Start with your NOC
NOC stands for National Occupational Classification. In Canada, jobs are grouped according to the work a person does and a set of job duties. Most probably, you completed this step when you applied for Permanent Residence Status. If you have not, visit http://noc.esdc.gc.ca/English/NOC to find your NOC. Once you have found it, you will have a list of job titles and accompanying job duties. Use the some of the keywords to put together your resume.
2. Explore the Government of Canada Job Bank
The government of Canada offers a Job Bank website - jobbank.gc.ca – where you can find relevant job market information including the employment potential, wages estimates, working conditions, skills requirements, a list of professional associations you can join, and job postings available on the region you selected.
Use the job postings to refine your resume. Identify the keywords that are often used in those job ads, the duties, and must-have skill set. Remember, you need to modify your resume every time you apply for a job.
3. Make a list of targeted companies & research them thoroughly
You can put together a list of targeted companies from the list of job postings you can find at jobbank.gc.ca. Learn as much as you can about these companies; visit their websites and social media channels, conduct a Google search to find the latest news, projects, products & services, competitors, opportunities and challenges these companies are experiencing.
4. Network with people who work in your targeted companies
The next step is to connect with professionals who work in the companies or organizations you are targeting. Preferably, aim for people who work in your area of expertise. When you approach them, get to know them before you ask something from them such as reviewing your resume, offering you job leads or giving you a job. Before you start filling your calendar with networking coffees, read the blog article Networking: Are You a Credit Card or a Debit Card? Through networking, you will increase your understanding of the companies’ opportunities and challenges. You will use this information during job interviews. Professional networking is a critical activity throughout your career; it can lead to job interviews and long-lasting professional relationships.
Lastly, make sure you save this information, update it and use it for future job moves. Happy [job] hunting!