Newcomers to Canada often find that it can be a real challenge to find meaningful work in Canada that is in line with their qualifications and experience. The process of having your credentials assessed can be long and frustrating. Having a plan B can make a world of difference. Having a plan B allows you to take control of your job search as you look for an alternative career that uses your skills without the need for having any credentials assessed.
So, how do you create a plan B that will work for you? Below I have outlined the steps you’ll need to take to ensure that you get your career in Canada off to the best possible start.
Step 1: Research
You need to know what sort of unregulated positions there are out there in your chosen field in order to know what you should be applying for as you wait for your credentials to be assessed. For example, if you are an engineer then you could look towards project management and coordinator roles within that field. If you are in healthcare then an admin position can be a great way to get your foot in the door so that when you are able to continue your career, you have a solid network that you can leverage to find the job you are trained for.
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Step 2: Get your resume ready for Canada
You will probably find like many newcomers before you that you need to make some significant changes to your resume when looking for work in Canada. You can download Prepare for Canada’s Free Canadian Style Resume Templates to get some help on how to do this. You will also need to tailor your resume in such a way that it aligns with the alternative career that you are looking to pursue.
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Step 3: Take advantage of the many Government funded training programs that are available
There are many government funded training programs that are available to newcomers to Canada. These programs offer an invaluable resource that can make it possible to find well-paid work in Canada as you arrive. Not only will you receive valuable training that will make employers all across Canada stand up and take notice, you will also gain a valuable professional network. Learn More…
Step 4: Strengthen your communication skills
Good communication skills are very important to the vast majority of Canadian employers. For this reason, it is vital that you are able to speak English well and with confidence. As a newcomer to Canada, it may be advisable to look to some occupation-specific language training as they can help you to:
- Develop strong interviewing, networking and career-building communication skills
- Understand and function effectively in the Technology and Project Management workplaces
- Interact effectively with supervisors, colleagues, and clients
- Competently give and receive information by email and telephone
- Position yourself to get a job, through career assistance and job connections
- And much more…
Good luck with the next stage of settling in Canada!
Check out what Nick Noorani has to say about the importance of having a Plan B for your career in Nick’s Corner.
Finding work in Canada before and after you arrive can be a challenging experience. You will need to spend some time understanding what you need to do and how to get settled in Canada. With a little patience and a strong positive attitude, you will be able to get the job that you have always wanted in Canada. There is a lot of noise out there when it comes to searching around on the internet for the right answer to this question so you may need a little help to find what you need.