Like most places in the world, finding a well-paying job takes effort, but with creative strategies around networking, personal branding, and effective utilization of job sites, you can make your search more efficient and successful.
Here are 20 of the most popular job sites available to job seekers in Canada:
- LinkedIn ProFinder
- Job Bank
- Service Canada Job Bank
Proven strategies to land your dream career
Using these job sites effectively can be an important step in securing a job in Canada. On average, immigrants who use the following tips secure a job in the first 2 months upon arrival in Canada:
1. Create a strong profile and build your online presence
Make sure your profile on job sites, particularly LinkedIn and Indeed, accurately represents your skills, qualifications and professional experience. Add a professional headshot and a detailed summary of your background.
Include your most important accomplishments and tell a short success job story. Stories are powerful and they stick.
2. Customize and automate your job search
Use search filters on job sites to narrow down job postings based on your preferred location, industry, and salary range. If available, select the option to receive job recommendations that match your preferences.
You should also opt-in for your resume to be automatically sent to recruiters that post jobs that match your skills. This process helps you find the most relevant job opportunities.
3. Don’t waste time chasing unrealistic roles
Read the job postings carefully and only apply for jobs that you are truly qualified for. This will increase your chances of being called for an interview and avoid wasting your time and effort.
4. Tailor your resume and cover letter
Create a great first impression and customize your resume and, if applicable, your cover letter for each job application. You don’t need to fill your resume with every task or job you’ve ever done.
Make sure to only highlight the skills and experience that are most relevant to the position you’re applying for.
5. Network with relevant people
Network can never be overemphasized. Only about 10% of jobs in the market are posted on job sites. Companies prefer to hire based on recommendations.
So, as an immigrant, a good strategy would be using job sites like LinkedIn to network with people in your industry, including recruiters and hiring managers, attending professional and community events, and keeping an eye on job fairs.
Remember the saying, “Your Network is Your Net-Worth. Never underestimate the power of networking.
6. Stay up to date
Set up job alerts on job sites to receive notifications of new job postings that match your search criteria. Regularly check the job sites for new opportunities, and be proactive in your job search.
7. Follow up
When you meet professionals in your industry through networking events etc., follow up and put your best foot forward. It could be something as simple as checking on them to see how they are doing.
Find creative ways to provide value to people in your network, especially those who might be able to help. You can be sure they will remember and recommend you if they come across a job opportunity that matches your qualifications.
Also, after applying for a job, follow up with a polite email or phone call to inquire about the status of your application. This shows your interest and can make a positive impression on the hiring manager.
8. Be persistent
Finding a job can take time, so be patient and persistent in your job search. Don’t get tired or frustrated.
Keep applying for job opportunities that match your qualifications, and keep networking and building relationships in your field.
9. Keep your skills up to date
The world is rapidly changing. Technology advancements, inventions, and the need to cut corporate costs all make the job market even more competitive. The least you can do is stay current on the skills and technologies in your industry.
Know your strengths and weaknesses, and continue to equip yourself with knowledge daily. This will make you a more attractive candidate and increase your chances of landing your next job.
Remember, a successful job search requires a combination of using job sites, networking, and personal branding. Immigration is a journey and you best believe you will thrive and become successful if you continue to work smart and hard.