Finding a job will be one of your first steps when planning your move to Canada. The good news is that there are ample career opportunities in this great country right now. Navigating your way through a new professional environment can be tricky, however, so consider these tips on Canadian employment before you make the move.
Canada’s job opportunities have encouraged many of us to head to its shores in the past few years. Even with plenty of vacancies in a wide range of industries, the job market in Canada is competitive, however. As you embark on a new life in Canada, there are steps you can take to secure that first job.
The best jobs are in Canada’s rich natural resources.
Finding a growth industry
Many of the best (or best paying) jobs are in Canada’s rich natural resources. Well-paid jobs can be found in the oil and gas industries, as well as forestry and fishing. Anyone with experience and a decent reference in these sectors would be sought-after by employers in Canada. However, there are many entry level positions that also pay well too, for those looking to enter a new field.
There are opportunities galore in the service and manufacturing industries too. The financial sector is especially strong, and there are also real estate, construction and IT opportunities out there.
Enhancing your profile
Qualifications are vital. Potential Canadian employers will assess your vocational qualifications and certifications to determine if they are relevant. In order to have these qualifications recognised in Canada you may have to go through a process to confirm their equivalency. The process will vary by province, and indeed by industry, but a good place to start your research is the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials. Like the UK, the Canadian job market values your experience as well. Demonstrating how your UK experience benefits the Canadian vacancy when making an application, will go a long way in securing the position and dictating the salary you can command.
The Canadian job market values your level and type of experience
The job search
Most of us rely on the internet for their job search, and one of many options is the government administered job bank.
Networking is also becoming more and more effective. Social media sites such as LinkedIn are a great way to make connections and find out about jobs in your chosen area. You may also look into joining the local branch of a specific industry professional association. They will often arrange seminars and “mixers” where you can meet like-minded professionals and access employment opportunities that, in many cases, would have otherwise passed you by.