New to Canada? Then you might face different challenges from the beginning. One of the very common challenge is “lack of Canadian experience.” You will be surprised how many people face the same problem! This includes not only immigrants but also fresh graduates or career changers.
What does the Canadian experience mean to employers?
For many Canadian employers, hiring someone new represents a challenge. Firstly, employers are not familiar with your culture, universities or workplace practices. Firstly, they might be concerned how you might fit in new environment. Secondly, many employers don’t understand your credentials. They may make assumptions. Do not forget, they need to spend time and money training you. In other words, they may also be concerned that you would use them to get Canadian experience and then leave.
So how to crash the Canadian experience?
- Explore the Canadian environment! So try to interact with people from different backgrounds. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.
- Demonstrate value! It is important to get your credentials evaluated and recognized by the appropriate providers. Check out where.
- Improve your English. Try to focus on professional English related to your industry. In addition to that check out the community centers nearby. Many of them offer ESL courses for free.
- Learn about the Canadian job market. Try to become familiar with your industry, profession or occupation. It’s sometimes hard but try to be patient. According to Workopolis, it usually takes 4-6 months to get a job you want. Workshops and meetups work great too. Check well-known platforms like Eventbrite or Meetup to stay on track.
And what to do next?
- Network, Network, Network! Connect with people from different backgrounds and industries. For example attend community and industry events, workshops, or job fairs/expos. Sign up for our newsletter and check online platforms such as Eventbrite, Meetup, or MaRS to stay up to date.
- Take some strategic courses. Canadian employers will recognize the names of well-known colleges. Even if you just take one course! Therefore, check Youtube, LinkedIn, or Khan Academy for thousands of free online courses.
- Consider to Volunteer. Many Canadians are volunteering. It has become part of the Canadian identity.
- Find a part-time job. In the end we all need to pay bills. So try to find a job that might help you network. Spread the word and you might find valuable contacts. Usually, you make the easiest money in Hospitality, Retail, Construction or Cleaning industry.