Are you planning to move to the Greater Toronto Area? One of the first things you will have to think about is finding a job. How is it possible to start your job search from overseas? This article offers you few tips for the best possible start to your job search to get a qualified job!
How can you adapt your job search to Canadian culture?
First of all, you need a legal document or a visa to live and work in Canada, head out to the Government of Canada’s website for more information. Finding a qualified job can take time because you need to convince a potential employer you have the required skills to fit into the local work culture. The first step: adapt and “Canadianize” your resume and cover letter and pay attention to your job titles!
A certain level of English (ability to understand and talk about essential work topics) is required to have a better chance to find a qualified job, except if you are looking for francophone companies. In any case, keep in mind that being bilingual in Toronto and Ontario is an asset since the province is working closely with Quebec, the neighboring French-speaking region.
If you don’t speak English very well, you can also find language schools, teachers, or you can plan to find a temporary job to improve your language and get your first experience in Canada. However, this kind of situation is easier to find once you have arrived in the country. Multiculturalism is one of the main features of the city; firms are used to working with people from overseas and different cultures.
Networking is essential to get a job in Canada. Instead of sending applications from your country, it is more efficient to target companies and develop a reach-out strategy.
How to find opportunities in your professional field
It is possible to start a networking strategy from Europe, for example, by participating in the “Destination Canada” fair that takes place every year in Paris and Brussels. This event will allow you to find potential recruiters from Canada!
You can also get information about the labor market. The most crucial point is to target companies that might interest you! Create and translate your profile on LinkedIn, network, and build connections. Visit job search engines such as Glassdoor or Indeed and find the next job fairs you can attend once you arrive in Toronto. GTA Talents organizes a CONNECTWorking event every month to enable networking between francophones. You could meet your future colleagues there!
What about the underground market?
Networking is an essential tool to find a job in Canada. Find offers before they are supposed to be published, create your profile, enhance your value. Most job offers are not published. It is up to job-seekers to find companies they would like to work for. Be proactive, do not hesitate to get in contact to get information about upcoming vacancies.
Find networking groups, don’t forget that volunteering is one other way to make contacts. You can find offers and projects to work on at:
Volunteering could help you improve your English and get useful references for your job search. GTA Talents is often looking for new volunteers to join our community: improve your skills, access the hidden job market, be a part of a great team!
Your job search can start overseas, allowing you to be ready when you arrive. The most important thing is understanding the Canadian job market. To get more information about what you need to know before moving to Canada, you can have a look at our French guide: “Objectif Toronto : Tout ce que vous devez savoir avant de partir”.