How to move to Canada without a job?

Are you thinking of moving to Canada but you don't know where to start? You don't have a job or a potential employer who wants to hire you?

Looking for a job in another country can be daunting...

So here’s the deal. Finding a job in another country isn’t necessarily easy or difficult, it’s just different. It requires introspection, research, and the ability to brush off passive expressions of doubt from friends and family. Ignore all the “what ifs” and start simple... Canada is an expensive country, unless you have tons of money in your bank account - you will not survive without a job! So you better start looking for one. Here are some simple tips on how to do it:

Step 1: Decide what you want to do in Canada

We live in a world where you can do just about anything, anywhere! Sure, this step is way easier said than done, but chances are you know where your passions lay or what professions you can see yourself enjoying.

Nanny, hospitality or teaching are some of the most popular jobs abroad and for good reason; They’re structured, well-paying, and often require native english skills which may ease the guilt from dropping out of your second language course back in high school. French of course always comes in handy in Canada. Muy bien.

Consider your age and skills.

Step 2: Figure out where you’re gonna do it

Next you’ll need some throwing darts, a wall map, and a blindfold. Just kidding. Consider regions and cultures that you’re interested in exploring first and leave the spontaneity for when you get there. I chose Tofino because I wanted to learn how to surf, so don’t be afraid to keep it simple. You know what to do.

Step 3: Consider Visa for that Province

Each Province has variety of visa you can apply for. (Of course you'd have to meet the requirements) Your option is to apply for Federal programs too. Your location will depend on the programs available. There are of course those programs that do not require you to have a job prior to your arrival. For those you can apply and secure your job once you arrive in Canada. To find out various option contact Immigration Advice Bureau can help to navigate this process for you.

Step 4: It’s time to start finding a job in Canada

Finding a job in another country takes a bit of research and a whole lot of grit. It took a few months of back and forth before I landed my first in Canada. Persistence is key and committing to a few jobs that really interest you will reap better results. But, there are jobs out there! Keep searchin’.

Want to save yourself from opening a few hundred tabs in your browser? Check out these jobs hiring NOW:

  1. Indeed

  2. Jobbank

  3. Monster

Step 5: Give your CV (in Canada - 'Resume') a little sparkle

A little extra effort makes all the difference. This is especially true regarding resumes. You could tweak a few things and blast it out like a Fast and Furious movie but jobs abroad will be competitive; be sure to go the extra quarter mile.Remember this ancient proverb: “Work a lil’, ball a lot.” Canadian companies prefer 'Canadian experience" so it won't be easy, you'll have to stand out.

Your resume should be bold and closely related to the desired job. Highlight relevant experiences and include any stand-out talking points. Also note that different countries have different resume/CV expectations. One page or two pages? Should you include a photo? Try to tailor your resume to the employer and local culture while conveying your uniqueness at the same time.

Keep in mind… different country have different resume requirements

For instance, when it comes to putting your photo on your resume. Different countries have different approaches. In Canada, it is not recommended or encouraged.

Point being: research best practices for your work abroad country in advance. Part of finding jobs in another country is playing by their rules. the more research you do now, the more prepared you are going to be.

Step 6: Apply for the Visa and your job!

Start applying for your Canadian Visa. The process is long so you want to have the application in the process when you start contacting potential employers. Once you’ve nailed down that resume, show it to your parents, friends and everyone who cases (because they love that stuff) then get ready to apply. Those years of Facebook stalking can be modified to create contacts within the company or country. This network will provide additional insights about the role, application process, and life abroad.

Fine-tune your application materials according to your network then go ahead and hit send. The sooner the better! If you don’t hear back right away, don’t lose hope. Remember that grit thing we talked about earlier? Use any updates as an excuse to open up communication and try to secure some screen time through informational interviews. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, right?

Finding a job in another country can take multiple attempts. Don’t get discouraged if you have to jump back a few times before you finally get that interview. Once you do rock the socks off that hiring manager.

Step 7: Pack Your Bags!

If you commit to finding a job abroad, this last step is inevitable. Give your two weeks’ notice, send your regards to your friends and family, and be proud that your hard work has lead to a golden ticket of unimaginable adventure. Pack only the bare essentials and be on your way!

Oddly, packing might just be the hardest step yet. I suggest setting everything you think you need aside then packing approximately half of that.

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