For those from other nations seeking immigration, Canada has many excellent programs available. This comprises the hundreds of programs under the Provincial Nominee Programs and the three Federal programs included in the Express Entry system.
Many prospective immigrants are astonished to hear how competitive the immigration system is when they wish to start a new life in Canada. For instance, hundreds of thousands of people submit applications each year for federal immigration programs.
However, only a small number of applicants were chosen by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and sent an invitation to apply (ITA).
The good news is that having a legitimate employment offer from a reputable Canadian firm will increase applicants’ chances of getting chosen.
Though more complex, it is manageable.
A Canadian business’s likelihood of extending you a job offer depends on several criteria. For example, your niche market, outstanding capabilities, the frequency with which you apply for open positions, your networking abilities, etc.
If you live outside of Canada, you might be curious about your options for getting a job offer there. This article will look at seven practical suggestions to help you land a job offer outside Canada.
Obtaining a Job Offer from Outside of Canada: Challenges
Before acquiring a job offer from Canada, one must be aware of some of the difficulties involved.
The truth is that when there are employment openings, companies typically prefer to hire Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents. This is a result of the following factors:
Positivity LMIA Completion
Employers in Canada must conduct a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and show that only Canadian citizens or permanent residents can fill the post after hiring foreign workers to fill open positions.
Employers typically prefer to hire local Canadian citizens or permanent residents because the LMIA procedure can be time-consuming. However, the foreign applicant has remarkable skills that make them a far better alternative than local Canadian candidates. In that case, some Canadian businesses may be ready to go through the LMIA procedure.
Familiarity with the business environment in Canada
If they feel foreign workers need to be more familiar with Canadian business environments, some businesses may decide not to hire them. This problem is more likely to arise for positions in human resources departments that call for strong interpersonal skills and familiarity with Canadian corporate practices.
Support in Obtaining a Work Permit
Foreign workers must obtain a work permit with the assistance of their employer to work within Canada lawfully.
Some firms might hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident instead of aiding potential employees with this procedure to save time.
Confirmation that the employee will stay in Canada
Due to their assurance of future tenancy in Canada, some employers in Canada may choose to hire Canadians and permanent residents over foreigners.
Foreign workers who enter Canada on a temporary work permit typically have to depart the country when their status expires. They may not be able to continue working for their employer in the long run; therefore, this is not guaranteed. Many firms are deterred from hiring foreign staff by this uncertainty.
By using the following advice, prospective foreign employees can get beyond some of the difficulties listed above:
Utilize LinkedIn to connect with employers
Most Canadians use websites like Indeed and Glassdoor to submit their employment applications online. Foreign workers can post their resumes on these websites to apply for jobs. However, if a position has attracted a large number of applicants, their application is less likely to be taken into account.
Directly contacting the company’s recruiting manager through LinkedIn may be one solution to the problem with job searching.
It would help if you studied the business to find out which employee is in charge of hiring. Then you may find this recruiting manager on LinkedIn, engage with them, and immediately communicate your qualifications for the position.
Since it spares them the work of having to sort through dozens of resumes to find a suitable candidate, some hiring managers are more open to this strategy.
When employing this strategy, foreign workers must ensure their CV adheres to Canadian standards and persuade the recruiting manager of their qualifications.
Prepare Your Resume in Canadian Style
In the abovementioned tip, we spoke about how to modify your CV for Canadian usage. Because it provides your information in a format that Canadian employers are accustomed to seeing, this strategy helps you stand out to them.
Before contacting Canadian businesses, ensure Canadian standards format your existing CV.
What to Put on Your Resume
Include the following pertinent information in your Canadian resume:
- Your professional background is reverse chronological (oldest to newest).
- Details about your previous volunteer experience.
- Links to any relevant LinkedIn or other professional social media profiles.
- Specialized keywords for each job application.
Length of Resume
Most resumes in Canada are up to two pages long. Unless you have several years of professional expertise and are applying for a senior-level position, you should not make your CV lengthier than this.
Most of the time, keeping a “master” resume that details your whole employment history is beneficial. Then, you can make shorter versions of this resume that highlight pertinent aspects of your work experience for the position you’re looking for.
Use online provincial job banks.
On the Government of Canada Job Bank website, foreign workers can search for opportunities in the province of their choice. You can search for jobs on this website based on the type of job, location, working circumstances, workplace language, length of employment, and compensation.
For instance, if you are looking for a full-time sales position in Vancouver and have two years of work experience, good English skills, and a university degree, you can go to the Advanced search page and type “Sales” into the Job Title section. Next, you can choose from the following:
- “1 year to less than three years” under Years of experience
- “Day” under Employment Conditions
- “University” under Education or training
- “English” under Language at Work
- “Sales and service occupations” under Job categories
- “British Columbia” and “Vancouver Island and Coast Region” under Princes and territories
- “Full Time” under Hours of Work
- “1 year to less than three years” under Years of experience
Job hunt outside of major cities
Major Canadian cities, including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal, are in high demand for foreign labourers looking for employment. Jobs in these cities, however, also draw Canadians from other regions of the nation.
Hundreds of applications are likely to be submitted to a single job posting in Toronto from interested job seekers. Naturally, this lowers your likelihood of ever being invited for an interview for such a position. The good news is less competition for jobs advertised outside of large cities.
For instance, a job posting in Hamilton, Ontario, would attract a few dozen people. However, job applicants who submit applications for opportunities in smaller cities are far more likely to be called in for an interview. For example, Toronto is only one hour’s drive from Hamilton. As a result, it is feasible to work in a smaller, more cheap city yet live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Apply for Available Jobs Now
As was previously said, job listings are common to receive dozens or even hundreds of applications from interested candidates. This is because there are far more job seekers than workers needing employment. When there are several open opportunities for “in-demand” jobs, such scenarios are less likely to happen.
These “in-demand” jobs differ from province to province; it should be noted. For instance, British Columbia will experience a significant need for plumbers in 2022. Similarly, Saskatchewan will have a substantial demand for transport truck drivers in 2022.
Before applying for positions, prospective foreign employees should research the “in-demand” professions in their selected regions.
English and French are the two main official languages of Canada. However, the bulk of the population speaks English nonetheless. The only province in the nation where French is extensively spoken in Quebec.
French proficiency is a requirement for many job ads in Quebec. Most international employees and Canadians from other provinces refrain from applying for jobs in Quebec due to this. Additionally, this gives French-speaking overseas workers an advantage when applying for regional positions.
If they have the time and money, foreign employees who want to increase their chances of receiving a job offer from Canada may consider studying French. You can learn French for free online with various tools like Duolingo and Mondly, and within a year, you’ll be able to read, speak, and write it fluently.
Obtain a tourist visa to go to Canada
Prospective overseas job searchers experiencing trouble submitting their applications online can have better success by travelling to Canada on a guest visa and submitting their applications there.
Once you have obtained your guest visa, you can travel to Canada and hunt for employment there. If you already have a list of potential companies, you could contact their recruiting managers by going to their offices.
This way of applying for jobs gives you an edge over other international applicants because you can physically demonstrate your language proficiency and comprehension of the Canadian corporate climate.
Additionally, foreign workers can use their time in the nation to attend job fairs. Throughout the year, general employment and industry-specific job fairs are hosted. You can better understand the jobs in demand and network with business personnel who can assist you in finding employment by attending these job fairs.
Your ability to physically exhibit your language ability and understanding of Canadian corporate culture gives you an advantage over other international jobs.