Applying for a job as a newcomer to Canada can be a challenge. There will be a lot of differences between how you should approach this process in Canada compared to what you are used to. To ensure that you get the most out of your job search, we’ve put together some essential job application tips that every newcomer to Canada should know.
1. Gather your documents
As a newcomer to Canada, you will need to be organized. You should have a draft of your resume, permanent resident card (if you have it already), professional qualifications, certifications and anything else that shows off your skills and eligibility to apply.
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2. Read the job posting carefully
The job description may also come with some instructions on how they would like you to submit your application. It is essential that you read every one of these instructions and follow them to the letter. Even submitting your resume in the wrong format can make the difference between getting a callback and being ignored.
3. Improve your online presence
In recent years this has become more and more important for anyone looking to apply for work in Canada. If you are hoping to apply for work in Canada in 2019, you will need to ensure that you have the perfect LinkedIn profile. You should check and double check it for errors. The audit of your digital resume doesn’t end with LinkedIn. It is now very common for employers to look into everything that they can find about you online. This includes facebook and twitter activity. So, be sure to make sure that you have nothing on those sites that you don’t want a potential employer to see.
4. Always double check your spelling and grammar
Complete the application neatly and legibly. Check that you have written down the right contact numbers and email address. Use correct spacing and capitalization. As a newcomer to Canada, you may find that your English language ability is put under a microscope. You don’t want to give your employer any reason to think that you have difficulty communicating well in English.
5. Don’t be shy
Your resume is your chance to show off. Don’t be shy about telling the potential employer all about your skills and experience. You will be competing against others who are very vocal about their skills so you should be too.