Job searching is more than just
looking at a newspaper ad.
There are different ways to find work in Canada. Job search tips, help with your résumé, and a listing of jobs available across Canada can be found on the Job Bank website.

People will help you in your job search at an Employment Resource Centre (ERC), immigrant-serving organization or a Service Canada Centre. These places have resources, information and contacts in the community to help you find a rewarding job. Below are some tips to help you find work:

Take advantage of the free online services for newcomers that include learning to use Canadian labour market information, writing a résumé and marketing yourself to potential employers. The Government of Canada has tips on job search techniques to help you find the career you want.

Use your personal network to get a job. Most available jobs are not advertised. Tell relatives, friends and new acquaintances that you are interested in finding work in your field.

Volunteering is an excellent way of gaining valuable Canadian work experience. It will expand your network, and the people you work with can serve as references in your job search. Look in the Yellow Pages of your local telephone directory under “volunteer.” Most communities in Canada have volunteer organizations that can connect you to opportunities for volunteer work.

Formal training in a field you are interested in will help you find work. Consider going back to school to obtain a diploma or certificate, to upgrade your education, or to complete training programs. Canadian citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for a student loan or grant. Eligibility depends on the type of program you want to take and in what province or territory you are living.

Research before you apply
If you're interested in a job posting, read it thoroughly. Take notes. Make a printout and use a highlighter. Look around the organization's website, including the "About" or "Organization" sections. Do a quick Internet search on the organization, sector, issue or role. If you have time, go to the library or a bookstore. What you learn could prove invaluable even if you don't get hired for the particular position.

Improve, improve, and improve your résumé
Remember that the employer knows nothing about you except what s/he can deduce from your application. There is an art and science behind writing a résumé. It's all about effective communication – and is not as obvious as it might seem. Your cover letter and résumé should demonstrate your purpose, clarity of mind and more. By improving your written materials, you're also improving your self- awareness and communication skills. Helpful articles and books are available at your local library, bookstore or career centre.

Write great cover letters and correspondence
Try to anticipate the employer's questions. Why are you interested in this job? Why do you think you'd do well in this position? How would you overcome any missing skills or roadblocks? What have you done in the past – paid, volunteer or at school – that demonstrated your interest, ability and commitment? Spend time on your cover letter and make a great first impression!