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Five Tips for International Students to Enter the Canadian Job Market

International graduates, with their Canadian education, relative youth, and exposure to Canadian culture, can fill the lack of skilled workers to fuel Canada’s growing economy. But, finding employment is a significant issue. Whether for a part-time job or full-time work, you will face competition from Canadian permanent residents, citizens, and other graduates.

Crispin Aranda

Five Tips for International Students to Enter the Canadian Job Market

Now that you're applying to study in Canada, you might be interested in working part-time as a student. Remember, the conditions of your visa allow you to to do so while school is in session.

Depending on your study program and the post-secondary institution you apply to, you may even qualify to apply for a postgraduate work permit.

Whether you remain in Canada or return to your home country life in Canada will be easier if you have already gained cross-cultural experience. And, one way to  accomplish this is to work while studying.

If you stay in Canada and prepare to enter the Canada workforce, you may come up against one unexpected roadblock: employers prioritize hiring applicants with Canadian skilled work experience relevant to the position and your education.

Being immigration advocates, we want nothing more than for you to succeed in your career in Canada. We've therefore compiled five hot tips we hope will help you in your job quest as a skilled international student or graduate.

If you stay in Canada and prepare to enter the Canada workforce, you may come up against one unexpected roadblock: employers prioritize hiring applicants with Canadian skilled work experience relevant to the position and your education.

Being immigration advocates, we want nothing more than for you to succeed in your career in Canada. We've therefore compiled five hot tips we hope will help you in your job quest as a skilled international student or graduate.

Submit an updated resumé always.

Ever heard about the saying first impressions last? Your resumé is your introduction to a potential employer. Therefore, ensure it is professionally presented and easy to read. Customize it to the job to which you are applying, but ensure to include your most relevant skills. It helps as well to add your achievements in your previous employment, education, and both paid and unpaid work experience.

Attempt to improve your language skills.

Employers cite inadequate language skills and a lack of intercultural awareness as reasons for not hiring a skilled international graduate. Try making friends outside your usual circle and discover the nuances of English or French.

Moreover, most post-secondary institutions offer “English as an Additional Language” courses and programs to develop intercultural competencies. Ask your international student coordinator, where and how you can enroll in these additional classes.

Use social media.

If you haven’t used LinkedIn before, now is the time to do so. Or if you already have a profile, update it with your new skills because HR professionals and employers search for employees using the platform. If you enjoy chatting with people online, join social media groups or forums geared toward supporting international students in Canada. Discussions center on concerns they have and provide moral support, if not outright help, to group members.

Get out and apply.

Arriving in a strange country alone can be overwhelming. It is, therefore, natural to seek fellow countrymen and family members living in Canada. Remember, however, that you create your opportunities. While it is tempting to use job boards solely to get leads on open positions, get your resumé in front of recruiters and employers, and network. Join professional networking groups on campus and job fairs your college hosts. By the law of averages, the more industry contacts you have, the better chances you have to get the job you want.

Choose a study program offering co-op work experience.

International students and their families invest considerable sums to ensure they enroll in a course that offers the best opportunity for career success. If you haven’t chosen what to study yet, why not pick a co-operative program that alternates classroom studies with periods of work experience appropriate to the program? If there are no co-op programs available in your college, you may take an internship or applied research project instead. These types of work count since employers prefer candidates who have work-ready skills such as problem-solving, and a track record of applying their education, skills, and knowledge to a real workplace.

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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