Author: Sagar Shah
Finding a career opportunity can be challenging when you first move to Canada. As a fellow newcomer, I’ve learned firsthand that it takes hard work, positivity, and getting out of your comfort zone to reach your career goals. Since moving here in the beginning of 2019, I’ve learned which job search strategies worked best for me. That is why I’m sharing them to support you in your journey as well.
Let’s walk through the 6 job search strategies you can leverage in Canada:
1. Job Sites
Although this may seem obvious, it’s an essential source to find a job in your field. Some of the popular job sites you can look at in Canada are: Indeed, LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter, and Monster. I’d encourage you to try all to see which one works best for you – be sure to search your industry!
2. Employment Service Agencies
There are many employment service organizations such as ACCES and JobStart who support newcomers in finding work in their industry. From resume preparation to bridging programs, these employment service agencies offer an array of resources.
3. Professional Networking Communities
Platforms like Arrive Connections are dedicated communities that help you build your network by introducing you to the right people based on your industry and interests. Arrive is dedicated to building the connections you need to succeed, and help you land that job faster. You can sign-up to start connecting at arriveconnections.com!
3. TRIEC Mentorship Program
TRIEC manages a longer term mentorship program where you’re matched with a mentor from the same industry as yours. They can help you build your professional network and help you with job search – it’s also free of charge for newcomers!
4. Networking events
They say that 80% of jobs are unlisted and filled through networking. Hence, it is important to network and build your connections. Use sites like Eventbrite and Meetups to find upcoming networking events near you. You’d be surprised to see how easy it is to strike a conversation with people – all it takes is a little practice!
LinkedIn is a great place to connect with professionals and to request an informational interview over a cup of coffee or call. Search for companies and roles you’d be interested in and reach out! Prepare for these meetings like you are going for an interview.
Volunteering is a great way to expand your network, gain Canadian experience and learn more about the work environment in your community. Look for volunteer centers in your region and connect with them for opportunities based on your experience and skills. It may also help you find a job in Canada and show your willingness to learn!
One Final Message
It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to land the right job – be prepared emotionally and financially, to the best of your ability. One of the best ways to do this is to keep yourself engaged in activities – this can be anything from learning a new skill, volunteering, or exploring your new city.
I know from experience that the process to getting that first break or opportunity can be challenging, but hang in there. Eventually, you will achieve what you came here for – a better and brighter future.