International students face a variety of challenges when looking for work in Canada—during and after their studies. However, many of these obstacles can be solved with the correct knowledge and preparation before looking for work. Here are five tips for solving challenges that international students often encounter when looking for jobs in Canada.
Be an expert in Canadian immigration laws
The complexity of Canada’s immigration laws is often a barrier to international students finding employment. Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) applications can take months to process, and the permit may not be granted until after the student’s study permit has expired. Knowing the processing times and eligibility criteria well before graduating is an essential step.
Paperwork for the PGWP application can be difficult to fill out and students eligible for the permit may have their application denied if submitted incorrectly. Also, if you want to become a Permanent Resident of Canada after your PGWP expires, you may have limited time to arrange it. If you are unsure about the application process, please contact us for a preliminary consultation.
Know what work opportunities your program offers
Not all colleges and universities in Canada will offer an internship or work placement in your program, meaning it is the students’ responsibility to find relevant work experience. When choosing an institution, be sure to research whether it offers assistance in finding a job. Work placements are a great opportunity to have an advantage over competitors in the work force.
Prepare yourself for employment
In most situations, job applicants submit a resume and cover letter and may meet with the employer for an interview. It is recommended to send a letter thanking the employer for the opportunity following the interview.
Learning to market yourself well on your resume and during interviews is an important skill. Unlike other countries, Canadian employers expect to see the qualities, capabilities and career highlights that you feel place yourself above your competitors. Visit your institution’s career centre for advice and examples of a professional resume.
Be a smart job seeker
In today’s work force, networking is a significant source of discovering employment opportunities. University professors and internship supervisors can be great resources in finding work. It is also a good idea to create a LinkedIn account to network with other professionals online.
Online job banks usually list current opportunities and work recruitment agencies can also be successful in matching job seekers to available employment. Program internships may also transitions into permanent employment.
Be aware of labour markets
The Canadian labour market is constantly shifting and employment opportunities often depend on market needs. Researching market trends and mapping labour shortages is a great way to gauge your career prospects.
Whether you are a current student looking for work or a recent graduate seeking a career, our lawyers can provide immigration advice which may influence your employment in Canada. We look forward to your questions and comments and invite you to contact us today!