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Looking for job after landing as PR

Discussion in 'Finding Work in Canada' started by newly_settled_in_Canada, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Hi. I landed as PR exactly one year ago. I was told the job market was bad due to an oil recession that had hit Canada badly.
    For two months, I had no job and winter hits you especially if you are moving from the tropics or the sub-tropics.
    Got a part time gig in a cafe by late November, and that was good to get me through the initial spells of snow and pay for my rent and other bills. By December, the job pool really dries up - so aim to land after mid January. It benefits on two ways - at least half the winter is gone by and days start getting longer, and office activity definitely gets a boost after the lull of Christmas and New Year.
    January 15 I got a job and by March there were other offers lined up too.
    Getting a Canadian experience - even customer service in a cafe helps as employers tend to think that you have a knowledge of the 'Canadian culture'.
    Second, got in touch with a lot of recruitment agencies since all kinds of labour is regulated in Canada - so recruitment agencies are big here. It took time but these agencies definitely help if you have patience and you end up with a right one.
    My current gig is with a staffing agency itself (who would've believed!), so I'll be happy to promote bits and nuggets of information to help you prepare better for your job search in Canada.
    Mostly, it'll be via some well written articles that really help in the Canadian style of job hunt. And updates on the Canadian industry and job bank.

    For example, check out this link to get a hold on resume writing techniques in Canada:

    By default, daily visit the Stats Canada page even if you don't understand anything at all at the
    start. It'll start making sense in a while and by the time you'll be ready for a job search, you'll have stats to streamline the process.

    Good luck to everyone.
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  2. This is awesome! I was thinking of landing in Jan myself. Thanks for the tip :)
  3. Great Info. Planning to land in February as well. I have family(wife, 6 month old). how much does it cost me if i get my family(wife, 6 month old) to live in suburbs of toronto such as (missisauga,north york or some nearby toronto suburb) ?
  4. Winter is still very much going on (in Newfoundland anyway) mid January. If you don't like winter, I would suggest you go later than that.
  5. I am moving from Boston to mostly Toronto. I'm hoping it is not all that different haha
  6. Personal living costs are pretty subjective to the kind of living standards you want to maintain. That said, Mississauga, and other suburbs near Toronto are a great place to be courtesy the amazing connectivity they offer.
    Rent, grocery and transit (if you don't own a car yet) should be the three major expenses at the start.
    For rent, you may refer to www.torontorentals.com, www.kijiji.com and rentfaster.com

    I always prefer checking cost of living from either numbeo.com or expatistan.com. Really helpful.

    Good luck with your moving.
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  7. Thanks a lot !!
  8. Wow and Wow!!!

    Kind of you to share.
    Any idea regarding job opporturnites and rent in London, Ontario area?
    I will stay with a relative in London briefly and then build from there.
    I Will be landing this November.
    thanks again.

  9. If anyone know about good recruitment agencies in toronto please let me know
  10. Great tips. Planning to land Toronto in mid 2019. Any prior advices for networking and preparation for job hunt?
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  11. Hi.

    Many congrats on you landing in Canada.
    Since you have a place to move in to, London is good. But I would suggest move to Toronto as soon as you get a job. London's unemployment rate is among the highest in Canada right now - when employment rate is the best in Canada it has ever been!
    Rent is a bit high in Toronto city centre, but then there's Brampton, Mississauga and other satellite towns with great connectivity to Toronto. If you are luck, you may find a job in one of these towns itself - so no need buying a transit pass too (close to $150/month).

    You'll find a lot of staffing agencies there, no doubt. It is the hub where all action takes place in Canada. Since you are landing in November, pretty much the same time I did last year, don't shy away from any part-time/contract jobs to see the winter through.

    Get in touch with staffing agencies - www.hays.ca, www.dg.ca are some of the good ones I recall. But there'll surely be many others too.

    First thing - get your resume streamlined as per Canadian expectations. You may refer this article to walk you through:


    or this one for step by step analysis:


    Keep trying. They say who gets through 6 months in Canada fine, gets through a lifetime in Canada fine!

    Good luck:)
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  12. Thanks for the good words
  13. Hi Anam Azhar. I would suggest you get in touch with recruitment agencies that offer specialized recruitment services connected to the job sector you have the skill set for. A friend of mine got into IT (he was a coder back in Bangalore) through inteqna.com - they offer IT recruitment services throughout Toronto.
    Similarly, a staffing agency specializing in engineering and technical recruitment was able to help me out get a couple of part-time gigs during my initial days in Canada. I have linked to both of them and you may check them for yourself.
    I have had my resume supplied to big staffing agencies such as Hays, Manpower and Adecco - but it has been one and a ha;f year now, I am in a permanent job for over a year - still no response. Guess big corporations have enough resources at hand to bother about new applicants.

    That said, it is must that you get to know how staffing agencies work in Canada.

    This article has been a great resource for me. I was a regular and devoted student of staffing websites and Statistics Canada - Govt's own website on economic trends and job vacancies even before landing in Canada. Once I got to know how recruiters from staffing agencies approached you and which are the kind of vacancies (in my field) that are likely to filled at the earliest, I started tweaking my resume accordingly, practised how to open a conversation with them, and tried to get their direct lines so I may follow up with them. This really helped me stay top of the recruiter's mind whenever they found a a job position relevant to my skill. This is also the reason you'll hear networking is so important in order to get a job in Canada.

    Wish you all the best for your career.
  14. Hi,

    Do you know if we are required to submit prior pay stubs from the previous employer in India when we join a new company in Canada?
    I just landed as a new pr and don't have the pay stubs with me. So it would be a hassle to contact the prior employer to get them and I am wondering if that is even needed as the employment would be verified as part of back ground check anyway- right? Thanks for any insight you can provide here.
  15. No..not needed. Why would you? New life, new job.
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