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11 Strategies to improve your chance of getting a job in Canada

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To support other newcomers thriving in Canada, I created the post 'How to Get a Job in Canada as a Newcomer' in 2022. It compiled all the strategies we learned when my partner searched for a job.


I'm creating this post to complement those strategies and provide additional ones. I've noticed that, for some reason, finding a job has become more challenging. So, here's a list of additional strategies to assist you in this process.


To understand the basics, you can start with 'How to Get a Job in Canada as a Newcomer' and then return to this one.


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These strategies are not a guaranteed solution if you're struggling to secure a job. However, they offer you an opportunity to explore new options and increase your chances.


1. Volunteering Opportunities


Volunteering is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the local community, gain Canadian work experience, and build a network of contacts. Many non-profit organizations and community groups welcome volunteers.


Make sure you choose opportunities that align with your skills and interests so you enjoy this process. Volunteering demonstrates your commitment and provides valuable references from supervisors who've witnessed your dedication and skills in action.


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Volunteering is a great way to connect with other people.

Looking for a job is challenging, and dedicating your time voluntarily to something that matters to you can help open your mind to new possibilities and skills. Some examples of places where I know they receive volunteers include cities like Mississauga, and places like Food banks, YMCA, etc.



2. Networking


Networking events, like industry-specific conferences and job fairs, offer a great chance to connect with potential employers and fellow professionals in your field.


You can also immerse yourself in activities that let you meet new people. It doesn't have to be formal. For instance, my partner works with someone he met during a soccer game when we first arrived in Canada. So, be open to activities you enjoy, and you might meet your next coworker or employer.


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Participating in an activity you enjoy is an opportunity for networking.

If you attend a formal networking event, engage in meaningful conversations with recruiters and industry insiders. Remember, networking isn't just about handing out resumes; it's about building relationships that can lead to job referrals and gaining insider knowledge about job openings.



3. Temporary and Contract Work


If you've applied for full-time jobs multiple times and haven't had any luck, consider applying for temporary or contract positions. These can serve as a stepping stone to permanent employment.

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Working part-time can be a stepping stone to securing a permanent position.

Many companies hire temporary staff during busy seasons, like Christmas, or to cover employee leaves. These roles allow you to showcase your skills and commitment, often paving the way for more extended job prospects.


Don't underestimate the value of these positions as an entry point into the Canadian job market.



4. Language Skills Enhancement


If you haven't secured a job yet, take a moment to assess the factors you can control to enhance your job prospects.


If you've noticed that, after several interviews, it's challenging for you to understand and express yourself in English, it might be beneficial to continue applying for jobs while also seeking resources to improve your language skills.


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Seek resources to improve your language skills, if needed.

I recommend using the Italki platform, where you can access on-demand classes with your chosen teachers. Additionally, consider enrolling in language courses or language improvement programs provided by community organizations, colleges, or online platforms. Investing in your language skills is an investment in your career opportunities.


You can find more options by checking 6 tips to improve your English.



5. Online Courses and Certifications


To stay competitive in the job market, consider adding new skills and certifications to your background through online courses. Numerous options are available from universities, colleges, and e-learning platforms, and some are absolutely FREE.


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Take advantages of free online courses to enhance your skills.

Embrace this opportunity to keep your mind engaged and upgrade your skill set. Don't forget to showcase these certifications on your resume to underscore your dedication to professional development.


You can explore online courses such as Google Certificates, Coursera, Hubspot, and even tap into resources at your local library. It's all about elevating your qualifications and positioning yourself as an outstanding candidate for Canadian employers.



6. LinkedIn Profile Optimization


LinkedIn is like the social media hub for your professional life. Think of your LinkedIn profile as your online resume and a fantastic networking tool. To make it shine, start by adding a professional photo, crafting a captivating summary, and adding your skills and experiences.


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Keep your information updated on LinkedIn.

Don't forget to mention that you're physically in Canada; it makes you more visible to companies here.


Next, connect with fellow professionals in your industry and with Canadian companies, and actively engage with content highlighting your expertise. LinkedIn is valuable for boosting your professional image and forming connections with potential employers.


7. Informational Interviews


Requesting informational interviews with professionals in your field is a proactive way to gain insights into the Canadian job market. Prepare thoughtful questions and use these interviews to learn about industry trends, job search strategies, and potential job openings.


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Connect with professionals in your field through informational interviews.

Building a network of professionals willing to provide advice and referrals can be invaluable during your job search.


This advice holds even if you're already working a job but considering switching roles. I can confirm it; once, I wanted to explore a different job in the company I used to work for, so I contacted one of the supervisors for a quick 30-minute chat. That turned out to be quite the eye-opener.



8. Professional Resume Writers


Resumes in Canada can differ from what you might be used to in your home country, just like I mentioned in my post on 'How to Get a Job in Canada as a Newcomer.' If you find creating your resume a daunting task, it might be worth considering the help of a professional resume writer who knows the Canadian job market inside out.


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Your resume is often your first chance to leave a great impression.

These experts can assist you in crafting a resume that clicks with local employers and meets all the Canadian resume standards. Remember, your resume is often your first chance to leave a remarkable impression.


If you're sending out applications but not getting any interview calls, the issue might just lie with your resume. And if you're landing interviews but not sealing the deal, perhaps there's some room for improvement in your interview performance.


9. Apply in person


In my previous post on "How to Get a Job as a Newcomer in Canada," I shared several tips for applying to jobs online.


However, if you have a shopping centre nearby, consider taking a walk with your resume in hand. You might be surprised to see how many stores display job postings in their windows. Does this guarantee you'll get hired? No, but it's another option worth exploring.


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If you have a shopping centre nearby, consider taking a walk with your resume in hand.

If your job search has been challenging, it's essential to keep an open mind and consider different possibilities.


10. Explore Remote Work Options


Exploring remote work opportunities that enable you to work from anywhere in Canada is a smart move. Nowadays, numerous companies provide remote positions, which means you can acquire valuable Canadian work experience without the need to move.


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Remote work has become more common nowadays.

This option can be especially beneficial if you're in the process of settling down in a particular province.


Be sure to utilize search filters on various platforms such as Indeed or Glassdoor by using the keyword "remote" to find the right job openings.


11. Consider Freelancing


Websites such as Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr present freelancing opportunities across a wide range of industries. If you have skills in areas like writing, design, programming, or digital marketing, freelancing offers a flexible path to earn income while establishing your Canadian work experience.


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A freelancer is a self-employed professional who offers services to clients on a project-by-project basis, often working remotely

I'm currently freelancing, and I rely solely on myself to find clients. I took a course to acquire new skills and become a Freelance Social Media Manager, and now I'm working full-time based on what I learned from that course. The key is to remain open to various possibilities.


 

I hope that by reading this post, you've gained a fresh perspective on what to do if you haven't found a job yet. I wish you success in your search.

Remember, persistence and continuous learning are essential for achieving your career goals in Canada.





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