Searching for business opportunities requires using a number of freely available sources of information, as well as another important element: design. The intent is critical to your success – don’t be one of the many people who receive some negative responses from potential employers and give up on their search. Here are six tips on how to find work opportunities before applying for a work permit.
Decide if you want a work permit for a short-term or long-term stay
Canada’s immigration system is perhaps the only system in the world that incorporates work permits into their permanent residence applications. A long-term work residence permit may lead to Canadian citizenship 3-4 years earlier than a short-term work residence permit. Aim for a short-term work permit if you do not intend to become a Canadian citizen.
Narrow your search to the county level, because it’s easy to identify employers
Canada is the only country in the world that mandates the nomination of immigrants to provinces. To narrow your search by province, use the Canadian government’s labor market information and foreign worker statistics to find out which province is most likely to need your skills. Statistics reveal foreign workers in the country of origin and their industry. The print media in your country of origin often publishes job advertisements, and you can apply for a job prior to immigration.
Learn about regional immigration requirements for foreign workers
You can search for information about immigration requirements for foreign workers for free on provincial websites. For example, use your favorite search engine to search for the word immigration followed by the name of the province you want to search (an example search is an immigration to Ontario). The sites in the search results will allow you to download application forms, get information about passport requirements, download other documents, and get details of who is completing the forms and where to submit the applications.
Create a list of potential employers by following Canadian trade publications
Read interviews with industry leaders, job reviews, and keep your own notes on how to do the work better. Pay special attention to the industry terms used in Canada and build your own Canadian industry dictionary, this will greatly help you in your job interviews.
Visit potential employers’ websites, see their jobs section, and try to apply for a job.
If the prerequisites to apply for the job include the “right to work in Canada,” drop the employer from your list and move on to the next employer.
Visit Canada events and annual international recruitment events are great places to meet potential employers.
Unlike other countries, visiting Canada for job interviews is not a reason to refuse entry. Annual recruitment events are golden opportunities, they are uniquely Canadian and for the purpose of completing the Canadian workforce only. Employers in these types of events have prior approval from the government to hire foreign workers. You can also check your local Canadian Embassy website for registration and dates.
Finding a job before immigration requires a different approach than finding a local job. There is a lot of outdated information. Spend time researching your industry in Canada using the freely available resources listed in this article. Think county-wide, make sure you’re ready to immigrate, and use these tips to spot gaps in the market and cities where you’re most likely to find a job and to find labor-starved employers. From these tips, come up with a strategy and start digging. Looking for a job Good luck everyone.