In the first part of this blog series, we went through some of the things you need to know about immigrating and working in Canada. In this part we will delve further and tell you some of the other things you ought to know about the subject at hand. Immigration is a huge undertaking, even in an immigrant-friendly culture like Canada.
You are giving up a lifetime to settle in a place with different customs and perhaps even a different language than you are used to. The more help you can get with this transition, the easier and smoother the process will be. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things that everyone who is considering immigrating to Canada or who has recently moved here should know.
1. The Canadian government has tons of useful resources for new immigrants
The Canadian government website is an excellent resource for foreign nationals hoping to immigrate to Canada and new immigrants looking to settle or find work in Canada. You will find a wealth of information on Express Entry and other immigration programs, how to become a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, links to organizations that can provide support.
Everything else you may want to know about immigrating to Canada and settling in once you arrive. The Department of Employment and Social Services Canada also operates a job bank, a government jobs site, to help new and established Canadians find work.
2. Prepare a Canadian-looking resume
If you plan to find a job in Canada, updating your resume to reflect the regional style is important. This will improve your chances of finding a great job. Canadian-style resumes (called “CVs” in Quebec) are usually presented in reverse chronological order, which means that your most recent experience comes first.
The main sections you should include (in order) are your name and contact information, a summary of your professional qualifications, your work history, and details about your education and professional training. You can also add a skills section, but this is not required on most resumes. Would you like more tips on how to prepare a resume for the Canadian job market?
3. Prepare for the usual interview questions
Need help preparing for interviews? If you are new to the Canadian job market, you may need to become more familiar with the questions that are commonly asked of Canadian job seekers during job interviews. To ensure that you come out on top in your Canadian job interviews, practice your interview skills in English or French and practice answering these questions to become familiar with the job interview process.
4. Know the salary you will be asking for
It is important to know your salary expectations if you are new to Canada. Do your research ahead of time regarding the salary for your type of job and experience. If you are already a skilled worker when you arrive in Canada, your work experience and education level will be assessed to determine the Canadian equivalent. Use this information to determine the salary you deserve.
If you work in a wage-based industry, find out what the minimum wage is in your province and make sure you are paid fairly. The minimum wage in Canada ranges from $11 to $14, depending on where you live. If you’re not sure what to ask for, Randstad has resources to help you, including our salary guides and salary calculator. If in doubt, contact a Randstad recruiter who will be happy to help you determine what your skills and experience are worth in the Canadian job market.
Expatriation certainly transforms the way you look at your own country, but integrating is not synonymous with abandoning your culture of origin. Rather, the challenge is to build a kind of dual culture. Therefore, it is best to maintain contact with friends and family that you have often temporarily left behind. Chatting via social networks, exchanging emails, returning to your country of origin from time to time… These are all steps that can also help reduce the shock of returning from expatriation.
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