Contributor: Rahul Mantri

Sr. Manager, Partnerships and Analytics, RBC Ventures

Getting a Permanent Residence (PR) approval letter is a major milestone and one that sets in motion a long list of activities and decisions. My wife, Swati, and I debated for a long time on the best time to land in Canada and where to settle. Drawing on friends and family’s network we quizzed over 20 people, taking into consideration career opportunities, community, and living conditions we decided to settle in Toronto.

Building your professional network

Once the tickets were booked we began the research process, trying to understand Canadian culture and explore the job market. My wife and I both quickly realized that LinkedIn was a great starting point pre-arrival. I firmly believe in the global power of LinkedIn. Prior to coming to Canada, I updated my online profile and resume, I also researched the job platforms and tried to tune in my skillset accordingly.

I noticed that people responded positively to my requests for coffee chats via LinkedIn.

To further build our network, I took up volunteering for various meetup companies (e.g., 10,000 coffees, TechTO), organizing events across my professional interests in AI and Machine Learning. With respect to job search, however, this was not limited to LinkedIn alone, and in fact I used multiple job sites including Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor and the Government Job Bank.

Newcomer tip: stay downtown in your early days of arrival since it makes you more available to meet with potential hiring managers

Realizing that Canadian ways are quite different, we took advantage of our college alumni friends who moved to Canada a few years back to help us understand the differences between how we got a job back home and how it works here, in Canada. A few miscellaneous YouTube videos made by newcomers and Canadian Government were also useful in the early days. I also enquired certification programs and recruiting services with organizations such as ACCES Employment and YMCA. There were lot of job fairs also happening throughout the city which I attended but mostly were not featuring any relevant openings for my profile. However, they definitely provided great opportunities to network.

Fast forward a few months, my wife and I both successfully landed jobs at very prestigious organizations. I currently work a Senior Manager of Partnerships and Analytics at RBC Ventures. My wife, Swati successfully landed a job as a Product Manager at PayTM. What a journey it has been!

2 tips for every newcomer job searching in Canada

Reflecting on our experiences, I’d like to note two things:

  1. Your professional skills matter way more than your education (in most cases) so it’s important to highlight it
  2. Hiring and onboarding processes are longer in Canada, so patience is key and you may need to budget extra money in case that you don’t find a job right away

What is the hardest part about moving to Canada?

The hardest part about moving to Canada has been finding a good social circle. We were lucky to have College Alumni friends to lean on at first, however we realize that’s not the case for all newcomers. When it comes to making new friends, I believe workplace and social gatherings are a great way to expand your circle and meet new, diverse people but it does take time and energy. Having now been in Canada for over a year we enjoy exploring other provinces, trying new ethnic cuisines, and have been learning how to camp while my wife took up ballet as a personal hobby.

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