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The Ultimate Guide to Finding a Job in Canada in 2020

Many foreign nationals look to Canada as a land of opportunity, hoping to secure a comfortable life for themselves and their families. One of the major concerns expressed by our clients is how to find work in Canada. 

While finding a job in Canada is not easy, it is possible! Below we have laid out the steps you need to follow to make the most of your Canadian job search.

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A job offer from a Canadian employer can significantly increase your chance of being invited to apply for permanent residence. Under Express Entry, candidates with job offers can claim extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. A job offer is also an eligibility criteria for many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) aligned with Express Entry.

According to this report from Statistics Canada, more than a quarter of Canada’s workforce is made up of immigrants. With an aging population and significant labour shortages, Canada’s need for skilled workers is greater than ever. 

What jobs are in-demand in Canada?

According to multinational employment agency Randstad, the 15 most in-demand jobs in Canada for 2020 are:

 

  1. Sales associate
  2. Driver
  3. Receptionist
  4. Welder
  5. Developer
  6. Business development manager
  7. General labourer
  8. Project manager
  9. Heavy duty mechanic
  10.  Merchandiser
  11. Electrical engineer
  12.  Accountant
  13.  HR manager
  14.  Financial advisor
  15.  Registered nurse 

If you have experience in one of these areas, your skills may be in high demand!

To read more about the best jobs in Canada for 2020, click here. 

Finding a Job in Canada

The Canadian economy added nearly one million jobs in June as businesses that were closed due to COVID-19-related restrictions begin to reopen. Here is a list of resources that may be helpful along your job hunt.

Canada Job Bank

This tool can help you search jobs posted by employers across Canada. You can get matched with a job based on your credentials and work experience. 

Government of Canada Jobs: Find current job postings with the Canadian government.

Student Employment: Search job opportunities for students listed by the Canadian government and private employers.  

How to Spot a Fake Job Offer

Job offer fraud is on the rise, especially in the world of immigration. As a top immigration law firm in Canada, it is our priority to make sure that we are doing all that we can to make sure our clients avoid mistakes or scams, such as a fake job offer, along their immigration journey.

First of all, you should know it is illegal to ask someone to pay for a Canadian job or a job offer letter. Any job offer letter should have the company’s official letterhead, and should contain their contact information.

Read the full blog post here: Is My Canadian Job Offer Legitimate? How to Spot a Scam

 

Applying for a job in Canada

The following five steps will guide you through the process of applying for a job in Canada!

  1. Update your resume or C.V. and cover letter: A resume, sometimes called a curriculum vitae (CV), is a document that contains details about your education, achievements, and employment history.

    Your resume and cover letter will often be the first thing an employer looks at. It is important to make a good first impression. Your resume should include all relevant work experience as well as achievements you are proud of, both personal and professional. Your cover letter should explain why you are right for the job. 

    Need help? Check out our guide to creating a Canadian resume.

  2. Research: Spend some time doing research about companies where you think you would like to work. You can visit their websites to get an idea of the company culture and to find out about any job openings.

  3. Use social media to your advantage: Social media is a powerful networking tool that can help you along your job search, if you use it the right way. 

    Check out our guide to help you build your social media presence in order to benefit your Canadian job search.

  4. References: Strong references help employers learn more about you and your employment history. This can be a valuable resource when job hunting. Asking previous employers in your home country to provide references can go a long way to landing you a job in Canada.

  5. Follow up: In a competitive job market, checking in with the employer and showing enthusiasm for the job can set you apart. You can follow up after submitting your resume to demonstrate your interest, and also after an interview to thank them for their consideration.

Canadim Employment Services

Ready to get started? Our qualified team of immigration and employment specialists are ready to help. When you sign up with Canadim, you get to benefit from these great Canadian employment services:

  • Full access to a Canadian Employment Advisor by phone and email
  • Personalized resume revision and optimization
  • Guidance and training in writing a cover letter for Canadian employment purposes
  • Social media presence audit and training
  • Introduction to Canadian employment websites

Fill out our free online assessment today and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your Canadian immigration options!

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