This article discusses steps to get a job offer in Canada, which may be a decisive factor if you want to obtain a Canadian work permit or immigrate to Canada. Not all immigration programs require an employment agreement with a Canadian employer, but having one will certainly increase your chances of successfully applying for a permanent residence.
Unless you are an international graduate from a Canadian learning institution, a student who no longer can afford his studies in Canada, or a person, who applied for permanent residence in Canada, you will have to make efforts to secure a job offer if you plan to go to Canada on a work permit. We consider the type of work visa here as an employer-specific work permit that requires a Labour Market Impact Assessment from your potential employer.
This article will also be useful for those who are soon to land in Canada as newcomers and start looking for a job.
So here are the steps to getting a job offer in Canada.
Decide on the type of job you want
Before you undertake a job search, it’s crucial to consider your professional skills and work experience to match a position. A Canadian employer will likely help you with a job offer process if he sees that you are a skilled worker who can contribute to the prosperity of his company. The truth is that Canada needs international talent, and foreigners with skills and experience in high-tech occupations stand higher chances of being invited to immigrate to Canada or obtaining a work permit.
Determine which jobs are available
Job opportunities in Canada vary by province and territory. You will have to do research to find out what jobs are in demand where. For example, if you want to work in the oil industry and have experience working as an engineer, heavy equipment mechanic, welder, or truck driver, there're many job vacancies in Alberta’s oil industry. Besides, before a job search, think about which city of the province you want to live in – a small town or a big urban area.
Almost all Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have a list of in-demand jobs based on their labor market needs when it comes to immigration. These are specific occupations that have more available positions than others.
Sometimes, foreign credentials have to be accredited to Canadian standards. Usually, a province or territory where you plan to settle will evaluate your credentials and issue a certificate or license to allow you to work in occupations, such as an accountant, architect, nurse, physician, or electrician. However, most occupations in Canada are non-regulated, so you typically won’t need any special licenses to start working in Canada.
Find a targeted job
Once you make up your mind about the type of work and the location, start looking for a job. A straightforward way to do that is through social media (e.g., LinkedIn). You can spread the news that you are on the lookout for a job and share your portfolio with the relevant audience. Also, attend job fairs in your city run by international companies. And finally, visit job boards and company career pages to apply directly on their website.
Here are a few hiring portals:
Tailor your resume
The length of the resumes varies from country to country. One page is a standard for entry-level positions, while two pages fit most professionals; three pages are permitted for senior executives of ten years and more. Candidates with experience in academia should have an academic CV format. As for the page size, Canada uses an ANSI Letter as a paper size.
In a nutshell, when writing a resume or CV:
- Write short resume;
- List your experience because this is often more valued than your qualifications;
- Include contact details of previous employers;
- Have a native English speaker proofread your resume.
Apply for a job
Keep a list of jobs you have applied for. Besides, you need to get a habit of writing a tailored cover letter for each vacancy. Your cover letter is louder than your resume because it shows that the position is important to you. Besides, by doing so, you stand out from other candidates who compete for the same vacancy.
Apply for a Canadian work permit or Canadian immigration
After finding an employer who is ready to give you a job offer, you can apply for a work permit. With an employment agreement in hand, you can also apply for one of the Express Entry (but not Canadian Experience Class) or PNP immigration programs. Depending on the type of job, candidates with a valid job offer from a Canadian employer can get between 50 and 200 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System. So it will give them better odds of being invited at the next immigration draw.
If you come to Canada on a work permit under a Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and work at least one year, you will be able to apply for a Canadian Experience Class and any other immigration program which requires eligible applicants to have a work experience in Canada. Besides, you can come to Canada on a special work permit as a caregiver, business person, or agricultural worker.
If you are not sure about the visa type suitable for you or don't know how to proceed with your application for a Canadian visa, contact our immigration professionals today. You can also fill out our evaluation form to find out which immigration programs could fit you best.