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Finding Your Career in Canada

Written by CNN Team

How do you plan on finding your career in Canada? This guide aims to prepare you for the job hunt!

Do you need to find a job? There are job vacancy sites that can help with that. However, finding your career in Canada should go beyond whatever is simply available. You should have a passion for the position and the work that you do. So make sure to keep that in mind as you browse the best job boards in Canada. 

Whether you are interested in a job that you can work from home or in an office, these tips can help you on your way to finding your career in Canada.

Resume Format

It is important to begin on the right foot. Start by creating a resume with the Canadian format. Using a resume builder can be a huge advantage when it comes to this part of the job hunt. Why? Because a resume can do the following:

  • Stand out 
  • Highlight your education and professional experience
  • Pass through the bots and gates that are used to weed out applicants on online application portals

There are three types of Canadian resume formats to consider:

  1. Traditional Reverse Chronological
  2. Strategic Functional Resume
  3. Balanced Hybrid Resume

All three options retain the same basic information. The only difference is their layouts

Canadian Job Market

Navigate the job market by accessing networking and job search websites. For a list of these websites, read How to Find a Job in Canada next. If you are not sure which jobs are popular in the region you are moving to, then explore Canada’s job trends. This is especially important to consider in relation to the pandemic as well as Canada’s economic growth. For example, Canada has been seeing a surge in administrative assistant positions in companies that are busier than normal. These sectors include legal firms, HR, and health and safety departments. As always, drivers are also in high demand. 

When you settle on a career, research its respective salary band — the high and low end of your job’s pay scale. This will help you to develop salary expectations that you can reasonably ask a prospective employer for. However, do not be demanding. A company may have financial constraints and may not be able to budge on their salary offer, but there may be flexibility in terms of paid travel and work hours instead. 

Interview Preparation

Preparing for your job interview is essential. There are a number of things to consider when you are getting ready to interview for your dream job. For example, the employer will expect you to have:

  • Confidence: Do not be cocky or desperate. Be confident in yourself and your expertise. 
  • Good Nonverbal Communication: Stand straight, make eye contact, have a firm handshake, etc. 
  • Appropriate Interview Attire: Your interviewer may be wearing casual clothes, but this is a job interview. Dress professionally for the job you are seeking.
  • Knowledge: Research the company beforehand and brush up on your skillset.
  • Ability to Listen: Let the person know that you are listening to what they are saying. 
  • Appropriate Language: Avoid inappropriate slang, swears, and references to controversial topics such as age, religion, race, politics, etc. 
  • Answers: Respond to their questions and provide examples to back up your claims. 
  • Questions: Prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview to demonstrate an interest in the position and the company. Keep in mind that these questions should not be connected to the salary. They should be about the job, work environment, etc.

For a more detailed explanation of these expectations, click here

Post-Interview Etiquette

After the interview, follow up and send a thank you letter via email. Express your thanks for the interviewer’s time and for the chance to learn more about the company. This is an opportunity to connect one last time before a decision is made. However, do not bombard the interviewer with a long email or sound desperate. A short and sweet message is appropriate and appreciated.

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