Getting a job in a new country, with different standards and necessary skills can be challenging, so you should expect that it will take time before the perfect job comes along. Many newcomers can end up doing jobs that are beneath their qualifications and skill set and are known as “survival jobs”, but this can be a temporary setback.
Your new job in Canada may not match your job that you held in your home country, but there are many support systems in place to help you along the way.
Steps to ensure a better chance of being recruited for your dream job
- You will need to ensure that your English or French language skills are up to standard
- Your qualifications must be assessed by Canadian authorities
- Upgrade your skills and qualifications accordingly
Researching the labour market is crucial, especially if you have a specific skill set and qualification. This can even mean that you will need to apply to live in a specific province, as some jobs are area-specific.
Steps in ensuring that you enter the Canadian job industry smoothly
- Research labour market information
- Find out if your profession is regulated or not: If you have a qualification as a doctor, lawyer or other regulated profession, you will need to be re-licensed in Canada.
- Network through friends and colleagues, you never know who you might meet that can help you in your career
- Create a Canadian-style CV and cover letter
Before you immigrate to Canada, it is essential that you do your research into the specific job industry. It is not a simple process to get a job in Canada and it is better to be prepared for this reality before making the big move.