5 tips for job hunting in Canada for prospective immigrants
Although there are certain immigration streams available, but a job in Canada is not essential. Having a job offer from a Canadian employer is a big step in achieving your move to one of the best countries in the world to live in.
For a Canadian employer to hire you, you must have skills which are in demand and a relevant work experience and/or qualifications to support both your application for employment and your visa and permanent residency application.
In most cases, a Canadian employer must be able to prove before hiring a foreign national that there is not a Canadian citizen available to fulfill their role. The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is one way for them to do this. Each province has different criteria/schemes for inviting foreign nationals.
If you don’t yet have a job in Canada it is worth investigating both the federal and provincial Canadian immigration schemes as you may find opportunities to forward your immigration without having a job. If you are an entrepreneur or have substantial settlement funds this may open other opportunities.
So where do I find job opportunities in Canada?
1 Job Bank
Job Bank, is the government of Canada’s resource for jobs in Canada and labour market statistics such as job descriptions, salaries, and in-demand skills. A job bank registration is compulsory for some immigration schemes and should always be the first point of call for workers hoping to find employment in Canada.
2 Job Boards:
As with any job search, job boards are essential. For a Canadian employer to gain an LMIA they must prove to the government they have advertised comprehensively within Canada. The most popular job boards for Canadian employers are:
LinkedIn isn’t always the first place to look for semi-skilled or trades positions. However, for highly skilled and professional candidates LinkedIn is a veritable goldmine of jobs, employer information and key contacts to accelerate your Canadian job search.
4 Recruitment Agencies
There are two types of the recruiter to consider working with, those who specialise in recruiting foreign workers for the Canadian labour market and those who work across the board for Canadian employers. The former can be invaluable to helping find a suitable position with an employer who will be willing and able to hire a foreign worker. A specialized recruiter for job opportunities in Canada will help with resume advice, skills presentation, arranging video and in-person interviews and even the beginning of the hire, move, and immigration process. Some recruiters will arrange interviews abroad for employers and candidates to meet, particularly where there are several vacancies or a difficult to fill the position is available.
5 Researching individual employers
One of the most important, but easily forgotten, ways to find the perfect job in any country, not just a job in Canada, is to start by researching and approaching the most suitable employers and the employers you would most like to work for. You may need to be clear that you require a visa to live and work in Canada, and some employers will not be willing to go through the process with you, but many are. Often the individual and personal enquiry, even to an employer who is not advertising a current vacancy, can reap the greatest reward – your perfect job opportunity in Canada.