1. Tailor your cover letter and resume to the job you’re applying forA one-page Canadian-style resume and cover letter alone are insufficient. Adapt your work
1. Tailor your cover letter and resume to the job you’re applying for
A one-page Canadian-style resume and cover letter alone are insufficient. Adapt your work history, skills, and any other information to the position. Include the job description’s keywords. Begin every sentence with a pertinent action verb, such as “spearheaded,” “achieved,” “managed,” “trained,” etc.
Quantified achievements are preferred by hiring managers and recruiters. You can organize individual sentences using the “CAR” approach. C stands for “what was the Challenge,” A for “what Action did you take,” and R for “what the Result was.”
2. Make use of referrals from your network
The hidden job market can be tapped into, and getting useful referrals is just one of the many advantages of professional networking. Positions that are filled without the employer making them publicly visible are referred to as having a hidden job market. Around 40% of positions are filled through a referral, 65 and 85% of jobs are not advertised online. Building your network in Canada can be very beneficial for finding a job because of this. Start making connections as soon as possible. You’ll have a powerful network you can use for your job search.
3. Enhance your LinkedIn profile and get references.
The majority of recruiters and employers in Canada use LinkedIn to share job openings and identify talent. As a result, keep your profile current, treat it differently from your resume, and tailor it to the role or position you’re seeking. Gathering recommendations from former managers, colleagues, mentors, advisors, and clients is a great way to build a strong profile and show potential employers your abilities. This is in addition to highlighting your certifications, education, and experiences on your profile.
4. Research the interviewers and the company
An essential part of getting ready for a job interview is researching the company for which you are applying. Along with assisting you in developing pertinent questions, it will also educate you about the business and give context for your interview discussions.
You might want to look up the company’s website, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor pages while conducting research to learn more about its product and service offerings, key executives, their career paths, any recent news articles about the business or the executives, company culture, company size, and market competition. Read up on the hottest topics and current trends in your industry to stay current.
5. Following the interview, send “thank you” notes.
Spend some time writing thank you notes to each of your interviewers after the interview. This not only demonstrates your enthusiasm for the job but also guarantees that the interviewer will keep you in mind when making the hiring decision. You can also demonstrate that you were paying attention and participating in the interview by bringing up specific instances from your conversation.
In Canada, it may take a few weeks to a few months to find a meaningful job. Starting your career planning prior to arrival will give you an advantage when it comes to beginning your job search in Canada.