It goes without saying that searching for jobs can be daunting, especially with the current situation of the world.
As a newcomer in Canada, you are faced with several questions like Are there really jobs in this Country? Can I integrate it into the system? Will my previous experience be good enough? How do I convince an employer to hire or at least take a chance on me? And the list goes on…
However, we will be sharing tips to help you achieve success in this seemingly endless chase.
- Positive Attitude
“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” Approaching your search with a positive attitude will help you have a better reaction to rejections (especially the rejection emails). Shake off all forms of negativity and be open-minded. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day but with consistent hard work and dedication Rome became what it is today.
- Set Realistic Goals
Often, people get frustrated with job applications and the entire job search process because they have goals that do not match their realities. This does not in any way negate the desire to be optimistic, but the key here is to have realistic goals. Do not set out to apply for 50 jobs in a day. Doing this would only mean one thing, – you get to send out a one-size-fits-all resume! In Canada today, it is important to tailor your resume to job postings especially when it is an online application. If it is not an online application, recruiters also need to see keywords that match the job posting within the first few seconds of reading through your resume or else they would drop it! Your goal should be to apply for fewer jobs in a day based on your abilities but most importantly to tailor your resume with dexterity. It is better to have 2 solid applications than 100 shabby applications.
I bet every newcomer in Canada has heard this word a thousand times already but no matter how cliche it sounds, it is the reality of the Labour market in Canada. Your professional network goes a long way in determining the course of your career. Networking helps you advance your career, expand your knowledge, build confidence and develop long-lasting relationships (to mention a few). With the current situation of the world, physical networking events may take a while to come back but there are several networking events happening around you which would certainly be beneficial to your career growth. LinkedIn is an amazing networking tool which needs to be explored by a lot more people, networking events around you can be found on eventbrite and you can also join groups on meetup as well as Linkedin.
- Trust your Process
Avoid comparison and run your own race. It is very easy to get jealous especially with social media and all that happens on it. Everyone has an innate need to be loved and feel important and that mostly informs the kind of things they post on social media. However, letting that affect you will set you up for a gruelling journey of trying to become someone else. The best thing to do is draw inspiration from someone’s story or journey and trust that in due time, your flowers will bloom. Put in the work, time, efforts and be consistent. Again I say, do not compare yourself with others.
- Ask for help
Don’t be shy to ask for help or receive help when it is offered to you. Remember, we rise by lifting each other up. Take advantage of available resources, settlement and employment programs and trainings funded by the Government. These programs help prepare you to get a job as well as to keep the job. Also, as you build your network, both personal and professional, ensure to build a support structure which you can lean on. A support structure being a couple of people you can rely on for help and support.
- Build Resilience
Finally, resilience! If you need to take a break to refuel, by all means do so. Do not give up on your search. Create an achievement journal if you can, this would help you celebrate small victories and be thankful. Remember, every rejection email brings you closer to an acceptance email.
Remember, at Indus Community Services, we are available to help you through your settlement in Canada and job search. Feel free to reach out to us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.induscs.ca or call us at 905-275-2369