Every year, millions of people around the world are seeking permanent residence or a career in Canada not only because of its incomparable beauty but also because of its better living and business conditions. Among the superior advantages that await each aspirant in the “Great White North”, let us quote:
· Excellent health system
First-class education system
· Safe cities and neighbourhoods
· Recognition of international travel (the Canadian passport is one of the most popular passports for international travel)
· Well maintained environment with strict environmental controls
Although the country actively accepts new immigrants with desirable skills and qualifications, newcomers face considerable barriers to obtaining employment and permanent residences. Here are the most common barriers applicants face in finding employment in Canada:
· Difficulty obtaining Canadian skills and the education accreditation
· Lack of work experience
· Insufficient knowledge of the new workplace culture
· Poor command of English or French
· Hidden labour market information
· Insufficient moral support
· Confidence and degraded self-esteem
· Age discrimination
· Job mismatch (struggle to find a good job)
Despite the above obstacles, however, people can still overcome the complications and achieve the professional career they dreamed of in Canada. In fact, with great determination, persistence, and creative solutions, these challenges can certainly be overcome. Here are some tips that can help you overcome anxiety and difficulties related to the job:
Social Insurance Number (SIN). It is a nine-digit number assigned to a Canadian citizen, a newcomer or a temporary resident that serves as an employment requirement and as a tool to manage or receive government services and benefits.
Working license. This permit is issued to non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents who wish to work temporarily in the country. Only people with documented job offers are qualified to apply for a work permit.
Language training. Since poor language proficiency can be a major barrier for immigrants, especially those looking for a career, applicants must have essential training in these languages before applying.
Powerful and convincing curriculum vitae. Considered an important personal marketing tool when looking for a job in Canada, the resume presents potential employers with your professional experience and qualifications, as well as your potential contributions to the position for which you are applying. It should be:
· Sales oriented
· Visual appeal
Concise and quickly absorbed cover letter. Write a tailor-made cover letter for each job opportunity as this could be an effective tool to market your skills and competencies to any potential employer.
Interviews. Preparing for an interview is essential, so planning and repeating answers to potential interview questions would be an advantage. It is also helpful to memorize the important details of your resume, including your education, skills, and experiences, to equip yourself with the most applicable answers to the most crucial questions.
Jobs. Potential jobs can be found in several avenues in the job market such as the Internet, community bulletin boards, classified ads in newspapers and magazines, and job fairs.
Networking. Most jobs in Canada are not advertised. As such, using networks can be an effective tool for letting people know that you are looking for a job. Start with the people closest to you like family and friends, then your acquaintances, who include:
· Community leaders
· Employers and colleagues
· Club members
Call. Find out the status of your request by making a follow-up call. However, please allow them a reasonable period of time to review your request. Avoid bombarding them with too many follow-ups or forcing them to get immediate answers, especially if not too much time has passed since the time you applied.
Frustrations. The job market is a difficult world and there is no easy way to find a job. Remember that no one is free from disappointment and disillusionment, but you have to persist in order to succeed.