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When searching for employment in Canada, it is important for candidates to be prepared, not just to integrate into the Canadian workforce, but to organize a job search that is targeted specifically to the Canadian market.

New Canadians as well as those in the process of immigrating to Canada find that a focussed job search enables them to find work in their own field relatively quickly.

Before beginning a Canadian job search, some candidates in regulated professions must first determine what they need to do to get their foreign credentials recognised. The Canadian government recently announced a plan to speed up foreign credential recognition and make it more standardized throughout the provinces, which will simplify the process for many professionals.

Building a résumé tailored to the Canadian job market is the starting point of a Canadian job search. After creating their Canadian résumé, applicants often find they benefit from additional guidance on how to effectively present their international background and skill set to a Canadian employer.

In addition, it is important for applicants to research the job outlook in their profession throughout Canada to decide where they should focus their job hunting efforts, and become familiar with Canadian employer expectations.

Above all, it is important to keep in mind that Canada’s economic needs are the driving force behind its immigration programs. The aging workforce and labour market shortages in the country mean that there are opportunities for new Canadians across the country—candidates just need to know where and how to look.

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