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Getting a job.

So now that you have got your Sin and health card sorted out it’s time to get a job.

First things first, format your CV (or resume!) to Canadian specs here is a good place to start: http://www.cvtips.com/resumes-and-cvs/canada-resumes.html Try to keep the resume to the guidelines in this webpage. I also tried to tailor my resume based on the type of job I was applying for. If you are on a one year holiday visa try to not mention the fact that you are on this type of visa. I always called mine a 12 month work permit and recruiters seemed happy enough with that. There is no point lying about your status as the first digit of your Socian Insurance number will tell the employer how long it is valid for.

Some of the most popular job hunting websites are www.monster.ca , www.workopolis.com and www.kijiji.ca. http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/ is also quite good it aggregates jobs from a lot of other sites.  I would suggest setting up RSS feeds in Google Reader or the like from the jobs sites so that you can see all suitable jobs in one place and fairly easily scan through them.

http://www.informationmarchetravail.ca/standard.aspx?ppid=43&lcode=eng is a good resource to check out what you can expect to earn in your profession in different areas of the country.

I would estimate about 90% of the jobs I applied for I never heard from again, maybe 5 replies from a total of about 40 applications.. Some of those replies arrived months after I applied
The HR departments here are big into checking qualifications and references so it’s good to have supporting documentation for degrees\diplomas etc and arrange with your references beforehand so that they can expect the call. Its best to get an email and phone number for your references. that way the HR department can email and set up a time to call.

I also had to have a background check done when I started my job.  I was only in the country for 6 weeks at the time so it wasn’t a major deal but worth bearing in mind. The cost of this check was taken from my first paycheck. It was approximately 50 dollars, just to make you aware the company MAY make you pay fir it.

It took me six weeks from starting to look for a job to my first day. My wife however had more luck she got a job within our first week in Canada, this was in a finance customer service role. She did this for a couple of weeks but wasn’t enjoying ti so she left that and got a job with a major bank here (comes in handy for free fees and whatnot!)

One thing I found when doing interviews, don’t bother with the false modesty and the “I’m alright at that” kind of thing. They will expect you to big yourself up in the interview. Don’t be afraid to discuss your achievements and strengths to the max. I have noticed that with my colleagues here in the office none of them are afraid to tell you what you are good at!

Canadians are big into networking so make sure to get your Linked-in and Monster profiles updated and upload your resumes there also.Another note on networking, you can’t beat talking to people. I was talking to a guy in a supermarket queue who offered me an interview for his company based on a ten minute conversation. Just goes to show opportunities can be anywhere!