As newcomers start planning their move to Canada, one of the top concerns shared is related to job search and employment. The most common query we receive is how to be better prepared and/or find a job before landing. If you’ve decided on your landing date and are moving soon, check out Arrive’s easy-to-follow timeline and task list:

A newcomer researching job sites on his computer

16 weeks to arrival

Step One: Browse job sites like,, LinkedIn jobs, and Glassdoor to look for potential opportunities that fit your profile

Step Two: Research the job market, Job Bank is a good place to start

12 weeks to arrival

Step Three: Based on the research, optimize your LinkedIn profile to reflect the in-demand skills sought by employers in your field. Watch the Arrive webinar on Winning LinkedIn Strategies for Newcomers

Step Four: Start building your portfolio/blog, if you have one

Step Five: Sign-up with various pre-arrival settlement agencies

Step Six: Register for in-person workshops held by CIIP in your home country

A newcomer setting up his LinkedIn profile
A newcomer graduating from college

10 weeks to arrival

Step Seven: Check the Job Bank and The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for professional certifications/license requirements that may be required in the province you’ll be moving to

Step Eight: Check if any online certification courses are available to further strengthen your knowledge and skills (Lynda, Coursera, Udacity, Microsoft Technical Certifications, Microsoft Office Certifications, Hubspot Academy, etc.)

8 weeks to arrival

Step Nine: Work on your resume and cover letter. Learn how to write a resume and cover letter for the Canadian market, download free templates, and edit it to suit your requirements

7 weeks to arrival

Step Ten: Have your resume and cover letter reviewed by a 3rd party. Arrive can help with resume and cover letter reviews. Sign in to your Arrive account and schedule time to talk to our newcomer expert and/OR chat with a peer who can guide you through the process

2 weeks to arrival

Step Eleven: Start applying to jobs online

Step Twelve: Learn how to network and connect with industry professionals from your field on LinkedIn

Two professionals networking



About Arrive

Arrive is powered by RBC Ventures Inc, a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada. In collaboration with RBC, Arrive is dedicated to helping newcomers achieve their life, career, and financial goals in Canada. An important part of establishing your financial life in Canada is finding the right partner to invest in your financial success. RBC is the largest bank in Canada* and here to be your partner in all of your financial needs. RBC supports Arrive, and with a 150-year commitment to newcomer success in Canada, RBC goes the extra mile in support and funding to ensure that the Arrive newcomer platform is FREE to all. Working with RBC, Arrive can help you get your financial life in Canada started – right now. Learn about your banking options in Canada and be prepared. Click here to book an appointment with an advisor.

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