Finding work in Canada

Discussion of the process and requirements of finding an offer of employment in Canada.

Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby laidback87 on Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:07 am

Sir

Recently, I have been on holiday in Calgary and have been really impressed with the city. I am aware that demand for jobs in Alberta is up I was hoping to tap this opportunity.

I am a British citizen and have just recently graduated with an Economics degree. Currently, the labour market in UK is drying up, with a high amount of graduates this year being produced relative to the amount of jobs available. Here in UK, the norm for graduates is to apply for Graduate Schemes which offer structured training but are extremely competitive. On the other hand, I believe that Canadian employers focus more on functionality rather than offering such formal training routes. This is what I want to tap - to offer my skills and work my way up. However, I feel that my limited work experience may work against me. Thus, I was hoping to ask what are the conventional (or the most popular route) which foreign graduates (with limited experience) take when applying for jobs in Canada.

I do realise that with limited experience, employers may reluctant to sponsor me, let alone for my application to pass through Service Canada. My last resort is to probably apply for the Alberta Family Stream - as I have relatives in Alberta.

Thank you.
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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby AbleBodiedAmerican on Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:22 pm

Hi, I live in the state of Georgia in the USA and I want to work in Vancouver. I need some serious help. I am unemployed and been that way for 2 1/2 years. I am not picky about a job, I'm not afraid to do jobs that are "dirty". I'll even work at McDonalds. Botton line is....I would like to live and work in Vancouver, with a prospect of migrating there and becoming a citizen. I need help from getting from "point A to point b". I am basically looking to live there and have a "fresh start". Any help would be appericiated. Thank you.
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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby naushad on Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:22 am

Hi Sir,
I'm Naushad from Mauritius am a diesel mechanic and also a heavy truck driver.I own a lorry of 40 feet as well and I'm self employed..I would like to get a work permit
in canada.I have more than 10 years experience in this field.Could you please tell me where can I find a job offer and if there is any way you can help me..thanks
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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby Andrew on Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:37 pm

There are disadvantages to not having work experience, but somebody always has to start somewhere. The fact you have a degree bodes well for you anywhere, so i would not discouraged just yet.
Alberta like most provinces in Canada has suffered job losses a year or so ago. But job creation is quite active now. There has been a slight slump lately, but I think it is just a blip.

The best an most obvious answer to your question is to have a job offer. If i were you I would put all my energy into securing employment in Alberta and come in on a work permit. It is possible, but requires diligence. I would be happy to offer you some suggestions other than job boards if you email me here at this forum.

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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby Andrew on Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:39 pm

To the Gentleman from Georgia:

It will be difficult to find work in Vancouver under the circumstances you are in. I would need to know what your skill sets are, employment experience etc... Please forward your CV to me at this forum and i can advise more.

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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby Andrew on Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:43 pm

There are a number of ways to find work in Canada as a truck driver or mechanic. Email me with your CV at this forum and I can advise to your specific case.

The standard job boards may help. There appears to be a need for drivers right now. Your English skills must be very good in any job where there is a need for high communication. Recent reports from Immigration Canada have stressed the need for good English skills. It goes in your favour for sure.

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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby fvanw on Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:40 pm

Andrew,

I have a British friend who is looking to come to Canada for temporary work. Now I understand that to apply for temporary work permit he needs to have a job offer. Can he come to Canada to seek temporary work, then when he is offered the job apply for the permit or must he seek employment from outside the country?

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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby Andrew on Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:27 pm

I don't really know the rules on that. I do know with a job offer that Service Canada approves, he can come in on a TWP. That is how most of my clients come into Canada. The key is to get the job offer. Can you get him to send his CV to me here at this forum. I can look at it and advise more.

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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby KatyO on Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:44 am

Dear Andrew,

I am an accountant working for Thomson Reuters in London. Would the fact that I am currently working for a Canadian company, increase my chances of finding work in Canada?

Also does having a English accent help?

Many thanks & regards

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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby Andrew on Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:51 am

hi Katyo:

It may increase your chances of finding work. Have you tried an inter company transfer? They may be open to that.

The accent does not mater, but good English skills do matter. So that will be an advantage for you. If you email me here at the forum i can make some other suggestions specific to your case. Please attach your CV as well.

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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby vipulvirani on Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:15 pm

Hi,

What about computer hardware jobs in Toronto.?

How can I find technical jobs in Toronto?

Many Thanks
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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby Andrew on Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:05 pm

For any jobs you need to refer to the standard job boards in Canada. But Indeed.ca is the best, and really the only one you need to use. Indeed.ca collects all the jobs that have been posted on every job board, so it works well.

Technical jobs will be listed on their as well.

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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby vas on Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:25 pm

Hi Andrew,

I am Vas from INDIA. I have 3years of exp in Software Testing in Aerospace. I am looking forward to explore the opportunities in Canada. Till date, I was under the mis-conception of having a Work-Permit before searching for a relevant Job! Now that it is cleared by reading your posts, I want to know how good the Software Testing market is in Canada.
As per your suggestion, I have checked few of the Recruitment sites.
Shall I send in my Resume' to the ID in your signature for further communication?

Regards,
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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby Andrew on Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:59 pm

Hi Vas:

I am not sure on the specifics of your question on aerospace jobs, but please do send your CV and I can advise.

The best site for searching job in Canada is: indeed.ca It brings up all jobs outstanding on all job boards throughout Canada.

And yes, please send your CV to this email.

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Re: Finding work in Canada

Postby Pauline on Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:20 pm

Hi Andrew,

Just found your board today and finding it very interesting.

I took too long in filling in my paperwork for 'skilled worker' immigration and on 26th June the changes made to the key occupations means that I no longer fit the criteria!!! I've been applying for jobs in Southwestern Ontario for over a year now and to date have only had three responses (other than Automatic email responses). I am serious about moving there as I have family whom I miss very much and just never want to come home when i visit.

I've had my CV checked by an organisation here in the UK but perhaps I should consider using a Canadian one????

I use the Service Canada job site in the main but have recently used other local sites including Monster.

Any help/suggestions will be really appreciated.
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