This weekend is Canada Day! Stafflink would like to say a big Happy Canada Day to Canadians both old and new!
As a IT staffing company, we work newcomers to Canada all the time, and we know how tough it can be to find your first job. We also understand that the IT skills that new immigrants to Canada bring to us from other countries are very important to the success of our local economy. We try to help make the transition into the Canadian workforce run as smoothly as possible for the newcomers. Yesterday, we talked about CES and WES in the blog post, Get Your Qualifications Assessed as a New Immigrant to Canada. Today, I’ve provided an outline of seven strategies for finding a job in Canada as a new immigrant.
It may be tough to find your first job in Canada, but don’t lose hope! We’ve successfully helped many people get their break, so don’t give up!
7 Job Search Strategies for New Immigrants Canada
1. Master the art of a really enticing email intro
If you’re writing skills aren’t that strong, get someone to help you write up a really great email intro that tells the reader what to do and gets right to the point. Be sure to include with your job applications.
Put the job title of the job you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Add 6 – 10 bullet points that are specifically related to the job requirements. Examples of things that might catch a recruiter’s interest:
- I am currently working at ___________ doing ____________
- I worked on ___________ in _________for ____ months at _____________
- Number of years or months of hands-on experience in your area of expertise and with the required technologies
- Experience and training that shows your knowledge of the latest technology in the industry or field
- Evidence of your passion to learn and to increase your skills
- Measurable accomplishments and improvements you’ve contributed to projects you’ve been involved with
- A link to your website or online e-resume portfolio
2. Participate in blogs and usergroups in your field.
Find blogs that are relevant to your industry, then get active on them. Share your opinions on articles, make comments on blogs you find helpful. Answer questions that may pop up from the authors or readers. Provide technical advice. Seek out opportunities to demonstrate your expertise and help others. You never know who might see your comment on a blog and then Google your name to find out more about you.
3. Create a personal website to market your services.
Creating your own website or blog takes a bit of time, but the effort can really pay off. You can leverage a website as a way to showcase your skills and promote it as a way to find work. Share your story about coming to Canada. People love personal interest stories and they might be inspired to help you. Include a “Hire Me” or “Work with Me” link to tell people how to hire you. You might want to read, You Dot Com: Find Work With A Blog Portfolio for more information.
4. Blog about topics of interest to potential employers/clients and people in your field.
Having a personal blog or website is a great way to show others what awesome skills you’ve got. Publish your articles on your personal website and broadcast links to your blogs on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and and special interest groups where people with your skillset (including potential employers) hangout. Check out Do You Need an eResume Portfolio Website? for more information.
5. Network on LinkedIn.
Complete your LinkedIn profile and be sure to include a friendly, professional photo. Connect with others on LinkedIn that you might know. Link to your personal blog/website or portfolio from your profile. Join special interest groups that are related to you field. Participate actively by starting discussions and commenting on other people’s discussions. Promote others. Read Getting the Most Out of Your LinkedIn Profile to find out more.
6. Participate in the Community
Network, network, network! Any job related events you go to, be friendly, share what you’re looking for, mention your blog, or hand out your contact info. Participating in local professional networking events like camps and meetups is a great way to get to know people working in your field, and you never know who might offer you a job, or put you in touch with someone who can.
7. Volunteer your services
Sometimes, the best way to get some experience is to offer your services for free. You can volunteer, do an internship, or offer a trial run of your services to get your foot in the door at a company. Not only does this give you a Canadian reference for your resume, but you could potentially get an offer to stay for a paying position at some point. You don’t need to state on your resume that this type of work was done for free. You could make this offer on your personal website and even in your online job applications.
8. Work on your communication skills
Communication skills are the most important skill listed on nearly every job description. If you’re finding that some things are lost in translation and people are having a tough time understanding you, it might be time to get some more language training. Check out LearnSpeakLive.ca for information about a free language instruction program in the Greater Toronto Area.
If you feel I’ve missed any information that would be useful to newcomers to Canada, please leave a comment in the comments section below.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our new resource page, coming soon! It will feature articles and resources for newcomers to Canada, specifically to help them get their careers in Canada started.
On behalf of everyone here at Stafflink, I hope you have a wonderful Canada Day and enjoy the weather this long weekend!