Canada is a dream immigration destination for many and therefore the competition for each job opening is also very stiff. As it stands, it is quite difficult to receive a job offer without actually living in Canada. Unless you have a strong network of working professionals to connect with, you are not even likely to come across an opening. The most efficient way of securing a future in Canada is through the Express Entry program.
Frankly, the below three factors will surcharge your efforts to secure a job in Canada from your home country
- Do you have relatives or friends in Canada?
- Does anyone you know well have relatives or friends in Canada?
- Can you make use of your fellow countrymen in Canada to get your foot in the door?
Knowing the right people is, unfortunately, the easiest way of securing that job offer. Whether or not that job offer is any good depends on whether or not your future employer can get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA, formerly LMO). An LMIA is permission from Canada’s Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada to hire a foreign worker for a job for which no Canadian citizen or permanent resident can be found.
And that’s where knowing the right people will not help. LMIAs are issued based on the needs of the Canadian economy. So if your friend knows a guy who needs a new admin assistant, but there are tons of unemployed admin assistants in that area of Canada, you are likely out of luck.
One of the best bets is to contact multiple recruiting agencies, particularly if you can find one or more focused on your profession. Employers are increasingly relying on external hiring companies to find talent. Usually, these headhunters are paid by the employer so avoid companies that ask you to pay them for their services. The Live-in Caregiver program is mostly driven by employment agencies.
There are three Easiest ways to secure a job in Canada from your home country:
OPTION 1: The easiest and most expensive way – Take the education route
If you can afford it, you can continue your education by applying for a Canadian degree at one of the local colleges or universities.
Towards the end of your course, the college or university will put you in an internship program or even better, a co-op program. This will reliably get you into the workforce with Canadian experience.
If you’ve taken a 16-month Co-Op program, or if the company you intern with likes you and decides to retain you, after one to two years of working experience, you should be able to apply for permanent residency in the CEC program or the PNP program.
Make sure the college or university you select has a promising intern or co-op program because a lot will depend on it.
But as stated, this is an expensive option. Depending on the college or university you can check their program fees to find the cost. Also, you won’t have a full-time job while you’re studying, so your savings from your home country will have to sustain you. You can do a part-time job like 20 hours per week and full-time during holidays.
OPTION 2: The cheaper and reliable way – Apply for permanent residency and network network network!
When you’re a permanent resident (PR) in Canada you don’t have to worry about the deadline of a work permit expiry date. The less stress during a job search the better.
To be eligible for Canadian citizenship, you have to live in Canada as a PR for 4 out of 6 years. (Bill C-6 received Royal Assent on Jun 19 2017, which will change that to 3 out of 5 years. Yay!)
Here are the key benefits you get after becoming a permanent resident of Canada.
OPTION 3: The useless, time-wasting way – Apply for jobs online.
Imagine you are an Engineering Manager working for some company in your home country. You have a job available and you receive 20 resumes. 19 candidates with great experience and fit the requirements, and they all live in their home country. One is an experienced engineer with great experience and fits the requirements, and he lives in Canada. Would you hire a Canadian?
Please don’t waste your time applying for jobs on the online boards. Your resume is either not being looked at all, or is being tossed aside. Unless your skills on paper are so rare and exceptional and no one else living in Canada applying for the same job has it, you have no chance of securing a job in Canada this way.
There is only one use for the job boards online. You can review the job descriptions of what is being asked in your line of work, and notice if there are any gaps that you can fill from now till you land. If for example, you are seeing experience and certification, get it done now while you have the time.
So what’s the best choice?
Most people should fall in the Option 2 category but they make the mistake of relying on option 3. The reason I stress on networking is that in Canada, it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know. There are 300K immigrants per year + 1 million college students + 6.5% unemployment rate in Canada – lots of competition! The job is awarded to the person the hiring manager trusts, and trust is most likely given to the person they know first hand.
Networking is not just a one-time activity, it’s a way of life. Regardless of which choice you pick, get into this habit while in India, while you still have time before the big move, so you can leverage this network after you land.
The following is a step-by-step guide to how to get a Canadian job and a PR visa:
· Firstly, get an ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) report.
· Second, find your job in the NOC (National Occupations Classification)
· Third, create an Express Entry Job Profile
· Fourth, register with the job bank. This is going to help you find a job by connecting you with thousands of prospective employers across Canada.
· Fifth, calculate your CRS score and find out ways to improve it. The higher your ranking, the better your chances of being selected for a PR visa.
· Sixth, wait for the Express Entry draw and see if you qualify.