COVID-19 has left the world in a state of uncertainty, with various countries facing lockdowns worldwide in an attempt to help reduce and flatten the curve of the spread of the virus. And although it has had and continues to have an effect on all nations and the economy, there is hope.
Canada has shown tremendous strength and support towards its people, offering $2,000 every month for the next 4 months to help pay for necessities such as groceries, to pay for rent or simply to help businesses keep their staff on payroll and keep their companies afloat.
Canada has also not shown any signs of slowing down on its plan to revive its economy by inviting 1 million foreign workers to apply for permanent residency and build a future for themselves and their loved ones in the True North by 2022. With thousands of jobs currently available, the Government continues to process Canadian visa applications to help fill the current labour gap that the country is facing.
Now it seems that certain high-priority occupations may have a quicker turnaround time in the application process than others. These occupations fall predominantly in the agriculture, food processing, and transportation sectors.
Keep reading to find out if you qualify for a fast-tracked application and learn the top tips on how to get a job offer in Canada in 2020-21.
5 Top Tips to Apply for Jobs in Canada in 2020-21
Starting your application for work in Canada is daunting, especially if this is the first time that you're applying for a job abroad. But with this helpful step-by-step guide, you could be on your way to applying for permanent residency in Canada in time at all.
Here are our top 5 tips that you should focus on when applying for a job in Canada:
- Professional and Updated CV/ Résumé
- Be selective
- Be Proactive: Follow Up
- Start Networking
- Assess your Qualifications.
Tip 1: Make sure your CV/ Résumé is up-to-date
Your résumé is your first impression and is extremely important if you want to land an interview for your dream job in Canada. Make sure that you have previous employment references listed on your CV that are relevant to the position you are applying for. These references should be contactable and preferably still be employed at your previous place of employment.
Top Tip: Use Multiple Online Platforms
Platforms such as Linkedin are great to use as it allows for other employees to write an online recommendation. It also allows recruiters to find your profile without you having to apply directly for a position as well as giving you daily alerts for new and similar positions advertised online.
Be sure to visit our blog for tips on how to improve your resume to get a Canadian job offer.
Tip 2: Be Selective
As much as there may be lots of amazing job opportunities in Canada that sound like they may just be for you, do not apply for all of them, no matter how tempting it may be. It may, in fact, have the opposite effect that you hope for. Most recruiters will search for the right applicant over a few months and if your application keeps popping up it may result in them steering clear of you. Remember, if it's a permanent residency that you’re looking for you will need a job offer in Canada for at least 1 year.
Top Tip: Let Them Come to You
Using an online job portal, such eJobbo, will not only allow recruiters to find your profile but also allow you to create an online resume or portfolio and features such as an Artificial Intelligence (AI) scoring system to match your profile with current job listings as well as a built-in chat system, that makes it easier for you to connect with relevant employers from all over the country.
Extra Top Tip: Highlight details in your cover letter
Highlighting attributes that an employer has stated they are looking for in a potential employee in your cover letter is sure to help make your application stand out from the rest.
Tip 3: Be proactive: Follow up on your job applications
Once you send your application into a pool of, sometimes, hundreds of applicants, it can be expected that your application may get lost between other applications. So unless otherwise stipulated, if you haven't had feedback about a particular job listing, it’s more than okay to send the employer or recruiter an email to ensure that they have indeed received it. It will not only give you some peace of mind as well as show that you are serious about your application for a job in Canada.
Top Tip: Thank You Goes a Long Way
If you happen to land an interview and receive confirmation be sure to reply with a polite and professional thank you e-mail. A little goes a long way.
Tip 4: Start networking: It’s worth it!
It’s time to get your name out and even the playing fields! You can do this at various professional events such as job fairs and career events. This is the best place to not only meet prospective employers but also to make new connections with other professionals in your industry. There are various events held each year, both in Canada and abroad as well as online, for those who seriously want to apply for a job in Canada.
Top Tip: Be Smart - Find online support in your industry
Getting help from others in the same situation is extremely important. Below are some recommended websites that could be helpful in your job search.
- Active Engagement and Integration Project (write a resume, get credential accredited, online job fairs, and prepare for work in Canada)
- Canada InfoNet ( learn about the workplace and culture in Canada as well as to prepare for work in Canada)
- Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) (general job strategies and preparing to work in Canada)
- Connexions Francophones (French Speaking Newcomers)
- BuildON (construction, skilled trades, engineering)
- ACCESEmployment: Canadian Employment Connections and Entrepreneurship Connections Pre-Arrival (CEC-ECP) (engineering, entrepreneurship, finance, leadership, human resources, sales and marketing, supply chain management)
- Global Onboarding of Talent Initiative (GO Talent) (information technology)
- Integrating Newcomers (construction)
- Pre-Arrival Supports and Services Program (PASS) (healthcare, particularly nursing)
You can also use government portals such as Job Bank and Service Canada.
Extra Top Tip: Gain Valuable Candian Work Experience Through the Act of Giving
In the spirit of giving, volunteering is an excellent way to not only give back to the global community but also to get Canadian work experience, practice your language skills as well as meet other Canadian and industry people and show your potential to prospective employers.
Tip 5: Assess your qualifications
Most jobs in Canada require that you have your qualifications or credentials assessed. This is to ensure that your skills meet Canadian standards.
Although some jobs in Canada, such as those in the teaching, medical, and social work professions, will not need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) they will need to have regulatory training and examinations.
Top Tip: Consider Alternatives
Before applying for jobs in Canada find out as much as you can about jobs in your specific profession. There may be various opportunities available that are similar but may not be aware of. Open yourself up to the possibility of a new career and a new life in Canada.
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for, why not pave your own way and bring your business venture to Canada with the Start-up Visa (aka the Investor Visa) Program? For more information on how to put your best foot forward in your business application, simply visit our blog here for top tips on how to write the perfect business plan for Canada.
10 Jobs in Canada That No Longer Need an LMIA
Canada has recently announced that they will be waiving the requirement for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for certain occupations that are highly in-demand. Obtaining an LMIA would usually involve being able to show that the vacancy could not be filled by a Canadian citizen. This would include advertising the position, for approximately three months, on different platforms too. As of March 20, the following jobs in Canada do not need an LMIA:
- Butchers, meat cutters, and fishmongers-retail and wholesale (NOC 6331)
- Transport Truck Drivers (NOC 7511)
- Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors, and specialized livestock workers (NOC 8252)
- General Farm Workers (NOC 8431)
- Nursery and Greenhouse Workers (NOC 8432)
- Harvesting labourers (NOC 8611)
- Fish and seafood plant workers (NOC 9463)
- Labourers in food, beverage, and associated products processing (NOC 9617)
- Labourers in fish and seafood processing (NOC 9618)
- Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers, and related workers (NOC 9462)
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