Newcomer Job Search Tips

How to Get Yourself Job-Ready for Canada

Understandably, you are already keen on applying for a job when you arrive in Canada (or even before you’ve set foot in the country). However, as a new immigrant in the country, it is essential that you also determine if you are prepared to join the Canadian workforce, even if you are still in the job-hunting stage. Therefore, we’ve put together some tips on how to get yourself job-ready for Canada and to help increase your chances of getting hired.

1. Improve your communication skills

Are you confident of your English proficiency in writing, speaking, and listening? If yes, then you are ready to join the Canadian workforce. Otherwise, seriously consider ways to improve them. English is one of the country’s official languages (French being the other), so you will be conversing and using the language daily.

Try to write every day and have someone monitor your progress. Additionally, converse with your friends or relatives in English daily until your speaking and listening skills have improved. Or, you may enroll in an English language class.

2. Feel positive and confident

If you are nervous and anxious when you appear for an interview, the hiring manager will notice it in your body language and speech. Approaching your interview confidently and positively will leave an excellent first impression on the hiring manager. You will be able to demonstrate your abilities and experiences effectively, and you will be able to communicate your motivation and eagerness to land your first job in Canada without issue.

3. Prepare yourself for the interview

Preparation is not only about bringing your Canadian-style resume; it’s also about learning how to answer questions and look professional. More importantly, getting ready for a job interview means researching the company, so you have something to respond to when the hiring manager asks you what you know about them.

4. Familiarize yourself with the Canadian workplace culture

Another tip on how to get yourself job-ready in Canada is to become familiar with the workplace culture. Of course, it may differ from what you are accustomed to in your home country. But you have nothing to worry about. As long as you are good at speaking, listening and being friendly, you can quickly adapt to the Canadian workplace culture.

When talking to a co-worker, make direct eye contact to show interest. Don’t be too close when talking; maintain at least a two-foot distance. Shaking hands is typical when you are introduced to the employer or co-workers. To be safe, stay professional until you know what the standard in your place of work is.

Follow these tips on how to get yourself job-ready for Canada, and you will be off to a good start!

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