The Canadian job market is very competitive, so be prepared and understand each of the steps needed to gain employment. As well, finding a job in Canada may be very different than in your home country.
There are many ways through which you can search for jobs as an ICT professional:
- Broaden your search and include other geographical areas, alternative careers and companies outside the sector, as a lot of them have IT departments or positions.
- Join job-finding or networking groups in the ICT sector through the immigrant-serving agencies.
- Attend career/job fairs, info sessions and conferences related to the ICT sector.
- Most community agencies need volunteers. Look for volunteering opportunities with social agencies and centres in your community.
- Seek out a mentor in the ICT sector who would give you valuable insight and advice and probably introduce you to their professional network.
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.
Click the link to find immigrant services in your area.
You should write your resume with prospective employers and hiring managers in mind. Your resume should show that you are able to participate in project planning activities with your team and as a group and be able to peer review your team members to help each other reach the end goal. If you are a Software Developer, for example, your resume should demonstrate your experience and ability to contribute to the design, development and release of software updates to a product that’s used by thousands of customers.
The below tips should help you to write a resume specific for the ICT sector:
- You may have the habit of including a lot of technical acronyms on the projects or technology you have worked on. While some of them may be essential to mention, but it is important to avoid including too many acronyms in your resume or at least include a brief description for those who may not be familiar with these acronyms.
- Have a portfolio and include samples of your work.
- Distinguish yourself by highlighting your technical skills and your professional, teamwork, leadership, communications and business skills.
- Demonstrate your experience in non-technical skills such as team work, ability to adapt to changes, presentations, communications, etc.
- Have your resume reviewed by your ICT mentor or an employment specialist who is familiar with the sector and its companies.
Below are some examples of common phrases that your resume should include:
- Develop and analyze technical designs and requirements that meet a project’s functional specifications
- Review programming code to ensure development standards are respected and compatible with the software
- Adapt to changing technology, learning and applying new methods for achieving the goals of the organization
- Provide technical support to ensure the stability of networks and applications; diligently respond to reported issues from users.
Success Story: When he moved to Canada in 2006, Vikram Kewalramani did not face the tough struggle most immigrants face in searching for a job. His experience in living and working in the United States, his research on the Canadian job market and his in-demand profession helped him find a job quickly. Read more.
ICT professionals work in dozens of fields; therefore, how you prepare for an ICT job interview will depend in part on what type of position you are pursuing.
One way you can separate yourself from the pack is by creating a work portfolio. It expresses what you may not be able to put into words. In addition to taking it to the interview, send the portfolio or a link to an online portfolio to the interviewer ahead of time. This way, they can review the portfolio and you can discuss it during the interview.
Reach out to people you might know who work in ICT companies or other organizations that use technology extensively. Ask them if they will be willing to connect you with someone in the company who works in your related field of expertise. Contact the suggested name(s) and ask them for a meeting at a convenient time to them.
Connecting with such people will expand your professional network, give you an insight about their company and provide you with tips on finding the job you want.
You should not try to get a job during an information interview but rather find out whether or not a particular position or industry might be a good fit for your interests and your personality.
An information interview with a contact from your network can be an excellent source of career information because, in addition to basic information about a particular type of industry (such as you might find on an organization’s website), it also offers you the benefit of a professional’s first-hand experiences and impressions.
Networking is an essential tool that may give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular company or industry that can strengthen your resume, cover letter, and interview skills. As many job vacancies are not advertised, you must make connections with working social workers and others within your field.
Good places to network are gatherings such as conferences, association luncheons, and social mixers for their convenience in meeting people, building relationships, and sharing 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 social sector and join some related professional groups.
Note that it’s not appropriate to ask a networking contact for a job, but if they know of any job leads, they may share them.
Remember, that you have to allow time to cultivate and grow the ties you establish through networking. Nothing will happen overnight and therefore, you need to be patient.