I often get messages from immigrants asking this question.
Most of them have attended Prepare For Canada’s webinars and they seek inputs on the next steps. Here they are:
- Get ready to leave your comfort zone! Trust me, you will need to do things you never thought possible, like striking up a conversation with a perfect stranger. Remember this: what worked in your home country probably won’t work here. Get ready to do things the Canadian way.
- Understand the Canadian job market. 80% of jobs are not advertised (this is called the hidden job market) and can only be accessed through networking. There are several networking organisations that are career specific (referred to as PINS or Professional Immigrant Networks). They will connect you with peers who will help you understand your career in Canada as well as how to go about your job search. Also start looking out for other networking opportunities like on Meetup. This will help you create your social network.
- Connect with a settlement agency, as they are truly the best qualified to help you in your job search including helping you with mock interviews. All their services are free to you and you should take advantage of this.
- Find a mentor. Now people always come back to me saying “I tried at all the agencies and no one could find me a mentor” and my answer is, you go find yourself a mentor! Research and find the company you believe is at the top of their game in your profession and start dialling!
- Volunteer! This is the best way to get Canadian experience! Check this article.
I am not saying these are the only steps to take, but they will certainly be the top five when you land here. So go for it and let me know how it works!