April 7, 2021

9 Tips to Applying to Jobs in Canada

Are you considering applying for jobs in Canada?

Or perhaps you’ve already been applying for jobs and you haven’t gotten any favorable response? Fret not. This is for you.

This is one of the best seasons to apply for work in Canada as jobs are trickling back into the economy, as well as businesses affected by the Coronavirus in 2020, such as in the hospitality and tourism sectors, are opening back up. Other industries that are booming include telecommunications, e-commerce, healthcare, and of course, the tech industry.

Businesses are surely going to be more productive this year in order to ensure that they make up for losses they faced in 2020 and they will definitely be looking to employ more staff.

How can you secure lucrative employment for yourself in Canadian’s booming economy?

Read on as we share some of our tips for applying and getting a job in Canada.

Applying to jobs in Canada from Nigeria may seem like a daunting task, but you have to keep going so that you can accomplish your immigration goals.

Did you know: you have a better chance of getting a job in Canada if it’s in a field that you have experience in?

You must have it at the back of your mind that you are not the only one applying for the jobs available. To have a better chance, you must ensure that you have certain skills required by Canadian employers.

Here are 9 tips to applying for jobs in Canada;

Sign up with a Recruitment Agency

Generally, one of the fastest ways to move to Canada is if you already have a job offer lined up. Having a job offer speeds up the process for several immigration options such as the Express Entry program, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) among others.

Finding a job position in Canada can be a daunting task. For this reason, it is important to find a recruitment agency that specializes
recruiting international talents.

The table below has a list of recruitment agencies that specializes in recruiting international talents and the industries they service.

Agency Industries
Airswift Infrastructure, process, and energy
Triplebyte Engineering
International staffing Consultants Engineering, sales, marketing, safety, information technology, architecture, project controls, construction, planning, STEM, human resources, training, R & D, process controls, cost engineering, medical doctors, finance and accounting, etc
Renard International Engineering, food and beverage, executive-level management, and sales and marketing
Hire Immigrants All industries

Search for jobs on the Canadian job websites

You can also visit various job-hunting websites in Canada and apply for jobs that interest you after you’ve created your profile. To ensure that you’ve made the best use of your time and the resources available to you, ensure that you carefully study what each job requires and ensure that you can meet the requirements needed for each job.

Of course, you don’t need to be told to tailor each application to a specific job.

Ensure that your resume meets the Canadian standard

Do not follow the Nigerian standard to prepare your resume for Canadian job opportunities. Take the time out to look at Canadian resume templates.

If you can’t edit your resume yourselves, there are various online tools you can use to create the best resumes for your job application process

What will your references say about you?

Even in Nigeria, it’s important that you let your references know that you are adding their contact details to your resume so that when employers call, they will be able to improve your chances of getting the job in Canada.

Ensure that your references are people with positive images. Some of the businesses in Canada will check them out and what they find will also affect your application.

Do you have a LinkedIn account?

When employers search your name online, what will they find? Is your LinkedIn profile going to be one of the things that show up in the search? How active are you on LinkedIn (this is a social networking platform used for making connections with people in one’s professional industry)? The platform can be used to manage your professional profile and identity. It is a resume of sorts. It showcases your recommendations, gives insights into your skills, experiences, and what it is like to work with you.

To make things easier, ensure you include a link to your LinkedIn profile to your resume.

Look for jobs in smaller cities in Canada.

Of course, many of us would like to live in the big cities in order to get the full experience of what it is like to live and get a job in Canada. However, you have to be practical. What are your chances of getting a job in a province like Toronto as opposed to getting a job offer from a province like Saskatchewan?

Smaller cities in Canada are more prone to jobs and skills shortages due to the aging population of the country and the relocation of young Canadians to larger cities.

This of course means that there is less competition for jobs in smaller cities and counties with much higher demand.

Did you know: The Canadian government works with smaller cities with job market shortages to help them attract foreign workers through special immigration pilot programs?

Pilot Program Description
The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) The Atlantic Immigration Pilot program is aimed at foreign workers who want to permanently live in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces, namely Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is aimed at foreign workers who want to permanently live in participating small cities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia

Research the Companies you are applying to

This will help you find the companies and/or businesses that meet specifications as well as let you know if you fit in with the company’s goals, objectives, and brand image.

You can then go ahead to tailor your resume and cover letter to improve your chances of getting the job.

Are you available for international video calls?

Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020, video job interviews are now becoming a common part of the hiring process. In order to make a great first impression, it would be best if you prepare for future interviews beforehand. You’ll need a strong internet connection, a desktop or laptop with a webcam, headphones, microphone, a well lit room where you won’t be interrupted.

Before the interview, you can have a mock interview to test the sound and video quality to avoid any unexpected problems.

Did you know: 93% of recent graduates find a job in their chosen field of study two years after they’ve completed their studies?

Getting a Canadian Work Permit

After getting a job offer, you can then apply for a work permit which will allow you to work in Canada for a period of time. With a work permit, you can rack up points towards applying for a permanent residency. On the other hand, you can apply for permanent residency through the Express entry or Provincial Nominee programs to become a citizen of Canada right away.

Take our Free Assessment to find out which option may be better for you. We wish you success in your plans to relocate to Canada and look forward to aiding you on your journey towards becoming a Canadian citizen.


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