How to find an employer in Canada

To put it simple, successful employment is an agreement between an employer and an employee, where the employer finds a good specialist to do the job, and the employee actually sells his or her skills and experience to an employer.

Hence the very first rule of becoming a successful candidate: be prepared. You must know what employers in Canada expect from candidates, and present yourself from the most beneficial perspective to as many potential employers as possible.

Also there are certain conditions for both parties in securing the employment agreement. Both the employer and the candidate must meet a number of requirements for the employment to become legit and long-lasting.

Obviously, in Canada employers expect candidates to be proficient in English or French. To succeed you must speak English and understand spoken and written English without any difficulty, and in many cases writing skills are also required. So the very first thing you can do to increase your value in the eyes of employers is to master your English. It’s totally Ok if you have an accent given that it does not affect your ability to understand and to express yourself.

Any employer’s dream is to hire a candidate who will just do the job right. Despite the fact that the labor market in Canada is well saturated and very active, it’s usually hard to find one.

Professionalism is another key factor of success. It does not necessarily mean rocket science, degree in philosophy or an MBA diploma.

If you know how to do your job well, and you’re actually doing it for your current employer, you can consider yourself a professional.

Also it is very important to remember, that in Canada you are not expected to be an all-in-one specialist, able to fill positions in different fields. Instead, you will look much more professional-like in the eyes of an employer, if you have just one primary occupation and a good deal of active experience in it. A resume of a carpenter-drywaller-bookkeeper-cook will not be taken seriously, while a resume of a professional carpenter, for example, will receive be carefully examined.

Your goal as a jobseeker is to present this fact in full light by building a good resume that emphasizes whatever skills you wish to demonstrate in order to be invited.


Proactive Position

Now we’ll briefly touch upon what’s called a proactive position. In a nutshell, you must be active in all efforts that may lead to an employment. No waiting, just acting. If you think that uploading a resume to Workopolis or Monster is sufficient, you’re terribly wrong. You’ll have to research employment websites first thing in the morning on a daily basis, send out resumes fine-tuned to fit advertised positions, follow up with potential employers, subscribe for newsletters and updates, polish your resume from time to time to update it online and keep it fresh in the web search portals and so on and so on.

People often complain that they have no luck after sending as many as forty resumes… well, that’s nothing. The labor market is saturated and very active. Vacant positions come and go, online job ads and resumes are being posted, expired and renewed, and what you have to do is to keep up with this fast paced environment to be noticed. Just take it as given that you must spend at least couple of hours per day to look for job. As we say in Canada, job search is a full-time job itself, and it’s just so.

Employment in Canada is in high demand for a reason, since the job in this case is not only the source of family income, but also a condition for fast-track immigration to Canada for entire family.

Therefore you need to know some important things when looking for employment in Canada with the view to immigration.

Foreign nationals are not allowed to work in Canada whenever they want. Instead, a special authorization, called a work permit, must be received in advance. Immigration legislation provides for various ways of receiving a work permit.

NOC stands for the National Occupational Classification. It is a database containing descriptions of all possible jobs, structured and categorized. You will often hear about NOC when it comes to formalities of obtaining a work permit.

Employer must also go through a certain formal process to hire you.

When looking for an employment in Canada, consider this smart search method: try looking for positions with the keyword “LMIA”, which stands for the Labour Market Impact Assessment.

This is actually the authorization an employer receives from the government, that allows to hire a worker from abroad .

LMIA is important for you, but your skills are important for the employer. Always begin your dialog with something that will benefit your potential employer, and then come to other points of importance, including LMIA. As a rule of thumb, first offer, then ask. As soon as you understand that the employer is satisfied with your candidacy, it’s time to discuss other aspects of employment, including authorization the employer will need to hire you. It’s not the most pleasant topic for any employer, but given that many of them still suffer from lack of workforce, the negotiations have chances for success.


Hidden Job Market

It is estimated that up to 80% of all labor market in Canada is virtually hidden. Those positions are never publicly advertised, but at the same time they are real. Instead we’d like you to understand how to get into this hidden labor market.

The cornerstone here is social networking. It is a kind of using Facebook-like connections not for posting pictures, but to looking for job. It is of course not about just Facebook – when we talk about social networking, we do not mean online networks only. In real world it works similarly and often very effective: just ask each and every one about possible employment. Everyone you contact with must know that you’re looking for job in Canada. This may include your friends and relatives in Canada, newcomers sharing their experience on the web forums (they often know a lot about job search just because that’s what they are have been doing recently).

People often underestimate hidden labor market, concentrating efforts on classic ways of job hunting, which is not a very good idea; given that many job positions go unadvertised.



One special website for job search is If you are not on jobbank yet, you should be there immediately after finishing reading this article.

As you probably know, any website ending with is the official website of the government of Canada. Jobbank is the portal where Canadian employers find employees both in Canada and from abroad.

One very important thing about Jobbank is that it is integrated with the Express Entry system from beginning of 2015. It means that if you have a profile in Express Entry (showing your interest in immigration to Canada) and a profile in Jobbank, chances are that you will find both employment and way to immigrate to Canada at once. Jobbank has been actively promoted and advertised in Canada; more features are rolled out every month that allow employers and employees to find each other faster.


Other immigration ways

Indeed, employment in Canada makes immigration possible. However, it is not the only way of immigration. There are over sixty immigration programs and streams in Canada – enough to choose from. Not all of them require arranged employment in Canada.

Just feel free to ask our immigration team, and we’ll do our best to help you out.


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