Find Job Opportunities In Canada Totally on Your Own With These 6 Pre-Immigration Tips
Finding job opportunities requires using a number freely available information resources, plus one more important ingredient: determination. Determination is critical to your success – don’t be one of many people who get a few negative responses from potential employers and give up their search. Here are six tips on how to find job opportunities before applying for a work permit.
Decide if you want a work permit for short-term or long-term residence. The Canadian Immigration System is probably the only system in the world that incorporate work permits in their permanent resident applications. A long-term residence work permit may lead to Canadian citizenship 3-4 years earlier compared to a short-term residence work permit. Aim for a short-term work permit If you have do not intend to become a Canadian citizen.
Narrow-down your search to the provincial level, because it is easier to spot employers. Canada is the only country in the world that delegates nominating immigrants to provinces. To narrow your search to the provincial level, use Canadian Government labour market information and Foreign workers statistics to find out which province is most likely to need your skills. Statistics reveal foreign workers country of origin and their industry. Printed media in your country of origin often publish recruitment ads, and you can apply for a job before immigrating.
Familiarize yourself with the provincial immigration requirements for foreign workers. You can look up information about immigration requirements for foreign workers for free on provinces’ web sites. For example, use your favourite search engine to search for the word Immigration followed by the name of the province you want to search (an example search is Immigration to Ontario). The sites in the search results will allow you to download application forms, get information about passport requirements, download other documents and get details about who completes what forms and where to send applications.
Build a list of potential employers by following Canadian trade publications. Read interviews with industry leaders, job reviews and keep your own notes on how you can do the job better. Pay special attention to industry terms used in Canada and build your own Canadian industry dictionary, this will help you tremendously in your job interviews.
Visit potential employers’ websites, view their careers section, and try to apply for a job. If prerequisites for applying to the job include “right to work in Canada”, disregard the employer from your list and move on to the next employer.
“Visit Canada” events and annual international recruitment events are great places to meet with potential employers. Unlike other countries, visiting Canada for job interviews is not a ground for entry refusal. Annual recruitment events are golden opportunities, and are uniquely Canadian and for the purpose of supplementing the Canadian workforce only. Employers at these types of events have government pre-approval to hire foreign workers. You can also check with your local Canadian embassy website for registration and dates.
Finding a job opportunity prior to immigration requires a different approach than the one used to find a local job. There’s a lot of outdated information out there. Spend time researching your field of work in Canada by using freely available resources from the resources mentioned in this article.
Think on the provincial level, make sure you are immigration-ready, use these tips to uncover gaps in the market and cities where you are most likely to find a job, and to find employers who are hungry for labour. From these tips come out with a strategy and start digging. Good luck job-searching everyone.