Work

Finding work in a new country can be a confusing experience. Many things will be different from your previous experience. Use our links to learn more about working in Canada, finding a job and your rights and responsibilities at work place.

Applying for a Job

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How do I look for a job in Canada?

You can look at job postings in the employment section of your local newspaper. You can also search online. Lots of people find jobs this way. While this is the easiest way of looking for a job, it is not always the most effective.

There are more helpful ways of looking for a job, especially for anyone who does not have a lot of Canadian work experience. These are:

  • Networking;
  • Conducting information interviews;
  • Making cold calls;
  • Volunteering.

Networking

Networking means talking to people you know and getting to know new people. By talking to others you can find out about jobs that are coming up. You can even find out about jobs that are not advertised anywhere.

To make contact with people, you can:

  • Join an association;
  • Join a conversation club;
  • Get involved in your community;
  • Attend a job fair;
  • Join a job-finding program.

Doing information interviews

An information interview is an interview that you do to find out more information about a job, career or company. It consists of visiting places that you may want to work and preparing a list of questions that you want answered to move forward your application at a company or company. It is a great way to learn about Canadian work culture or a specific job.In an information interview, you are the one in control and can ask questions that you feel will give you information to have more success in finding a job.

Making cold calls

A cold call is a telephone call you make to a company to find out if there are any jobs available.It is called cold calling because the person receiving the call is not expecting a call or has not specifically asked to be contacted by someone at the company.

Volunteering

Volunteering means working without pay. It is a great way to gain Canadian work experience. It is also an effective way of making new contacts and learning about jobs that are not advertised.

Employment Resource Centres

In Ontario you can use free Employment Resource Centres (ERCs) (1) in your community to help you find a job. ERCs are funded by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), which also runs the Job Bank, a listing of jobs available across Canada, which is run by the provincial government, and help you organize you job search. At Employment Resource Centres you can access:

  • Help from staff who know the Canadian job market;
  • Computers for your résumé and cover letters;
  • Photocopiers and fax machines;
  • Newspapers and job postings.

Looking for Jobs Online

There are a number of websites that show recent job listings. Usually you can search by the type of work you want, by the number of hours you are looking for and by the location. Some examples of good websites include Canada’s Job Bank (2), Ontario Jobs (3), and Charity Village (4).

For More Information:

(1) Employment Resource Centres (ERCs) near you:
http://findlink.at/ERC

(2) Canada’s Job Bank:
http://findlink.at/jobbank

(3) Ontario Jobs:
http://findlink.at/onjobs

(4) Charity Village:
http://findlink.at/cvillage