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Getting the Job - Interviewing Process - SpeedometerThe Canadian job market is very competitive, so prepare and understand  the steps to gain employment.  As well, finding a job in Canada may be different than in your home country.

You have to be registered to work as a chiropractor in the province or territory where you intend to settle. You must look for jobs in the region where you will be registered. Therefore, take your time to research job requirements in that region and develop a plan to find work.

There are many ways to search for chiropractic jobs.

  • Broaden your search and include alternative careers.
  • Seek out a mentor in the chiropractic sector – for example, a retired chiropractor – who would give you valuable insight and advice and probably introduce you to their professional network.
  • Join chiropractic or healthcare related job-finding or networking clubs through immigrant-serving agencies.
  • Attend chiropractic or healthcare related job fairs and regularly check the employment sections of your local newspapers.
  • Search job banks at chiropractic colleges or associations. As well, hospitals and other health institutions generally post vacancies on their websites.

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Immigrant settlement agencies

Most settlement agencies and other immigrant-serving organizations offer help with finding job vacancies, updating your resume, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews and understanding what Canadian employers are looking for.

To find immigrant services in your area, click here.

Resume writing

When you apply for a Chiropractor job you will be required to submit an impressive resume. A resume plays an important role in getting you a job.

Consider the following aspects to prepare your resume for chiropractic jobs.

  • List only relevant job experiences, or which were of a similar nature, such as worked as a Chiropractor for ABC Healthcare clinic, or Assistant Chiropractor with ABC Hospital.
  • Describe the nature of job which you were required to do in your previous occupation. Mention only those jobs related to the job of a Chiropractor.
  • You may have had to do a number of odd jobs; you should remain specific, such as maintaining records of the case history of the patient, conducting physical diagnosis, interpreting medical images like X-rays and scans, make adjustment to the spinal cord of the patient, making adjustment to the spinal column, conducting sports chiropractic activities, or providing advice on general health.
  • List your license and educational qualifications. Here too, mention only those qualifications, related to the job of Chiropractor, such as BS in Chiropractic Medicine from ABC University.

Interview techniques

To prepare for your Chiropractor job interview:

• Think of interview questions and answers that are relevant to the field and position that you have applied for.

• Visit specialized Chiropractic or healthcare related forums or blogs to ask for interview help and advice.

• Understand Chiropractic industry trends in Canada and how to face or solve them.

• Identify attributes/traits/abilities for Chiropractors that are related to this job and how to get them.

• Research the employer profile thoroughly for Chiropractor vacancy such as: What does the company sell? What is the company’s value proposition? What sets it apart? Why do their customers buy from them? How do your experiences and talents make you an ideal candidate for the role? Etc.

• During the interview take school certificates, resumes, recommendations, work samples, etc. with you.

Below are a few sample interview questions that you may hear during Chiropractor job interviews:

• What made you choose to apply to Chiropractor?

• What have you learned from your past jobs?

• Tell me about your last position and what you did?

• What do you know about the position of Chiropractor?

• What are key tasks for Chiropractor?

• What are top 3 knowledge/top 3 skills for Chiropractor?

• How to measure/appraise your position: Chiropractor?

• What is the most recent skill you have learned that related to Chiropractor?

Informational interviews

While the job outlook looks positive for chiropractors, landing that next opportunity – especially for newcomers like you – requires extra effort and outreach.

Informational interviewing can be a way to demonstrate your professional communication skills,  research skills and time management skills.

An informational interview is a brief (20–30-minute) meeting that you schedule with a person who is currently working in an industry to learn more about that particular industry.

You should not try to get a job during an informational interview but rather find out whether or not a particular position or industry might be a good fit for your interests and personality.

An informational interview with a contact from your network can be an excellent source of career information. In addition to basic information about a particular type of industry (such as you might find on a company website), it also offers you the benefit of a professional’s first-hand experiences and impressions.

  • Make a list of the hospitals, chiropractic practices, public health agencies, and others, as desired, that operate in your area.
  • Use your resources including professional organizations, LinkedIn, and other networking tools to identify organization insiders, health unit coordinators, etc.
  • Create 5 – 10 open-ended questions that will yield full and immediately usable information.

Networking

Networking is an essential tool that may give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular firm or industry, and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network. As many job vacancies are not advertised, you must make connections with practicing chiropractors and others in your field.

Good places to network are gatherings such as conferences, association luncheons, and industry get-togethers to meet people, build relationships, and share information.

LinkedIn is another important professional tool for networking. It is great for reconnecting with your ex-colleagues and employers, search by company or jobs, and get introductions and recommendations.

You can also mingle with people in the healthcare sector and join some related professional groups.

But remember, that you have to allow time to cultivate and grow the ties you establish through networking. Nothing will happen overnight and you need to be patient.

For more information on networking, click here.