Canada welcomes new migrants with valuable skills and qualifications, however searching for employment will be a challenge. It is important to be realistic and understand that you may not be able to find your ‘dream job’ straight away.
It is never easy searching for a job from overseas. Here is a summary of the do’s and don’t for overseas jobseekers in the Canadian employment market place.
Do visit the various Canadian job websites BEFORE deciding to emigrate to familiarise yourself with the job opportunities in your field.
Do apply for your permanent residence visas. Very important. Prospective employers will ask about your immigration status and having your residence visas (or at least being in the application process) is a prerequisite for most Canada job vacancies.
Do start applying for advertised vacancies from OVERSEAS, but only 1 to 12 weeks before a possible start date or a visit to Canada.
Do send a "cold" letter of application and C.V. to EVERY potential employer and recruitment agent in the region of Canada you intend settling in to let them know that you are available. Use www.yellowpages.ca to locate details.
Do prepare your C.V. in the Canadian style and write a short but clear covering letter confirming that you have been granted permanent residence visas (or that you have been assessed as eligible and are in the visa application process).
Do provide a Canadian postal address and Canadian mobile/email address in your C.V. where possible.
Do visit Canada or arrive permanently (once your visas have been approved) to attend job interviews, as very few employers will engage candidates on a “sight unseen” basis.
Do make a positive impression in the interview, be flexible and have copies of your residence visas and references available for employers to sight.
Don’t apply for job vacancies OR visit Canada for job interviews more than 1 - 12 weeks away from a possible start date. Employers will not be interested.
Don’t expect everything to work like home. Be flexible and willing to fit in with local ways of doing things.
Don’t expect a job at the same level or higher than you had overseas. You may lack Canadian local knowledge and may need to take a step back in order to advance later. Wait one year.
Don’t expect the same salary or more than you had overseas. The cost of living and income tax rates are lower in Canada than many other western developed nations, so look at your NET INCOME not the gross amount.
Don’t expect a job offer in the first week. On average, it can take native Canadians 1 – 8 weeks to find a new job.
Don’t “over negotiate” the contract with your first employer. Be flexible and under-stand that employment law and contract terms may be different in Canada.