Tips on finding a job in B.C.
Finding a job in Canada does not work the same as it does in the UK . The whole process is much slower and seems to be dependent on networking to a large degree. (And having a degree is important too). I hope these tips help you change your job search to match what is expected in Canada.
Here are some tips on job searching:
- review the job description and highlight in your résumé and covering letter the aspects of your background that best fit.
- research the company before the interview. Prepare some questions to ask that demonstrate your knowledge.
- don't just mention your work related skills. Make sure that you refer to other activities, hobbies and volunteer work (a big thing here), and the skills you use in them.
- at the interview you can improve the impression you give by taking notes. This shows you are interested and considering the job seriously.
- send an e-mail or card to the interviewing manager immediately after the interview.
- network in industry related groups. Join any professional bodies or associations. Participation will help get you known. It is said that most jobs are never advertised but are filled by personal contacts.
You will need to write your résumé (rather than a CV) in the style that Canadians expect. See our tips on résumé writing.
One “fact” often quoted is that most jobs are not advertised. Assuming this to be true, your skills at networking become important. For tips on networking read on...