How to Apply for a Job in Canada

  • To apply for a job in Canada, usually you have to send a cover letter and a résumé to the employer.
  • Depending on the job, the employer might ask you for a portfolio or sample of your work, too.
  • Your cover letter and résumé are very important, because they create the employer’s first impression of you.
  • Everything matters, including spelling and formatting.
  • Most résumés look similar, so the cover letter is a good opportunity for the employer to get a feel for who you are.
  • The main purpose of your résumé and cover letter is to get you a job interview.
  • Usually, job postings have instructions about how to apply, or include information about the different ways to apply – by email, by fax, by mail, and so on. It is a good idea to follow these instructions.
  • Often, job postings will also have a deadline to apply. If so, you know when you need to submit your cover letter and résumé. But sometimes they do not have a deadline. This can mean different things.
  • A job posting might say that the company is doing “ongoing recruitment,” which means they are always looking for people to fill those positions. Or, they might say “immediate opening” or “ASAP” (as soon as possible), which means they might hire as soon as they find the right person. These kinds of words can help you decide when to apply.
  • It is a good idea to have someone look over your résumé and cover letter before you apply. Many community agencies can help you with your résumé and cover letter.

The topic of “Approaching Canadian Employers” and “Getting a Job Offer Validated by HRSDC” is one of the most asked questions on Immigration Forums and one that will be thoroughly discussed in this guide, in the following chapter!

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