How To Land A Job In Canada As A Temporary Worker
Updated: Aug 23, 2021
The global good-standing reputation that Canada built over the years has made it one of the most desirable countries immigration aspirants want to settle in. Every year, Canada welcomes hundreds of thousands of immigrants who aspire to come to Canada in search of better opportunities and quality of life. Although the Canadian government designed several programs to immigrate to this country, the most common and increasingly popular way is to come here as a Temporary Worker. In the past couple of years, the number of Temporary Workers who entered Canada under Temporary Work Permit has surged significantly — 340,000 for 2017, 390,000 in 2018, and 470,000 last 2019. However, like the rest of the world, the Canadian labour market has taken a blow because of the recent pandemic, and the availability of opportunities in most works has halted for Temporary Workers. Still, the Canadian government has managed to divert its effects to a minimum, and it is expected that the opportunities for Temporary Workers will bloom again once we overcome this global crisis.
Perhaps the most common reason why coming to Canada as a Temporary Worker is popular among those who wish to immigrate is that it opens up many opportunities that could lead to permanent immigration. There are over 50,000 job postings in Canada that go unfilled every day; though many qualified foreign workers are taking advantage of these job openings, it is still not enough to accommodate the job demands. Here are some tips if you want to work in Canada but don’t know where to begin.
Language Readiness. To work in Canada, you must prove that you are capable of communicating using the major languages of the country: English and French. For English, your understanding of the language is assessed by a designated third party called IELTS. It is important that you get the required IELTS score for language evaluation in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in order to proceed with the application. If you need assistance to pass your English readiness evaluation, click here.
Credentials. To work for any employer in Canada, you must have the proper credentials for your specific field of work. Diploma, educational background, certificates, licenses – you must have this ready so that the processing of your application will go smoothly.
Work Experience. Employers in Canada need to know that they are hiring the correct people for the job. They need to know if you are qualified for the position by having the appropriate training, skills, and experience. It is recommended to have at least two years of work experience before applying for work in Canada.
How to Find an Employer in Canada
In order for any employers to hire a temporary foreign worker, they must first prove that there are no available Canadians to fill the position. Employers need to get a positive LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) from ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada) to prove that a foreign worker is needed to fill the position. For employers who want to apply for LMIA, click here so we can help you with the process.
Hire a Qualified Recruitment Agency. There are plenty of employers that need to hire a temporary foreign worker. However, a large portion of them does not post their job offer online. Instead, they would connect to a recruitment agency that has access to networks of talents overseas. Hiring a recruitment agency can increase your chance of finding a job in Canada as they act as an intermediary between applicants and potential employees. They can also help you with the legal process because they are qualified to do so. If you want to use our services with this process, click here.
Proper Planning and Research. Though Canada is teeming with job opportunities, finding a job here from another country can be pretty daunting. The application process, as well as the job description, can be different from the one you’re used to. That is why it is crucial to research what skills, qualifications, experience, and credentials you need for the job; this can also help you with the interview process with your employer. The more you know about the workplace culture in Canada, the better your chances of getting a job. There are plenty of job search websites you can visit to see the opportunities offered to foreign workers; an example of these are Indeed.ca and Jobbank.gc.ca, where you can also find the employers’ contact information so you can communicate with them.
Write an Effective Resume and Cover Letter. You have to understand that you are competing with other qualified job applicants worldwide when you are applying for a job in Canada. It is important that you write an effective resume and cover letter that will distinguish you from other employees. Write your resume in a way that is clear, concise, and descriptive. It is also more effective if you tailor your writing to the job ad.
Remember that these documents may serve as an alternative for a face-to-face interview, so your cover letter and resume must tell a complete story about you and your qualifications, make convincing arguments, and use proper grammar.