How easy is it to get a survival job in Canada as a newcomer?

Posted by David Singh on May 10, 2017 2:02:00 AM

how to get a survival job in CanadaThere are many challenges that newcomers to Canada face, one of the most difficult can be finding work in Canada that they enjoy.  Not only do they have the normal difficulties that are associated with finding a job, you also have to adapt to a different culture, language and working environment. Unless you have enough savings to survive until you can find a job in your profession, you may need to consider working at an entry level job or “survival job”.

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You will not have the luxury of time to figure out all of the differences and adapt, you will need to pay rent and bills from the moment you arrive in Canada. What does this mean?  It means that you need to start earning money to cover your costs in Canada.  This is true even if you have enough savings, you will not want to exhaust your savings as you look for work so it may be a good idea to look for a survival job in Canada.

It may seem like a step down in terms of your career to take a survival job in Canada, however there are many other benefits other than just the income one of these jobs will provide.  

Survival Job Tips and benefits


Language skills

You’ll will be able to improve your language skills at a very rapid rate in one of these working environments and you will also meet new people and make friends.

Get your foot in the door

If you are able to get a job in an entry level position in the field that you are interested in, or even one that you have experience in back in your home country this may involve a step down career wise, but a valuable opportunity to network and meet people in your industry.

Soft Skills improvement

Soft skills are defined as any skill that helps you communicate well with others.  These are vital for any Canadian workplace.  If you are likable and friendly you will make yourself more likely to receive promotions and raises.  By choosing a survival job in a sales role, you can really help polish this skill set.

Survival jobs should be considered an opportunity to start a long process to where you want to be. It will be a temporary solution until you find a career that you enjoy.  The entry level jobs that you are looking at now should be looked at with optimism and a positive attitude.  You should do your best to keep focused on your original goal and career aspirations.  Try to avoid getting too comfortable in your survival job.  It will take resilience and perseverance to get your dream job, but that is what the immigrant spirit is made of.  Good luck in your job search!

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