3. Develop your career
Canadian companies are keen on hiring confident and optimistic employees. Therefore, you need to have a sales pitch that advertises your skills, strengths, and qualifications that match the prospective position.
Usually, recruiters bombard job applicants with the “What are your strengths?” question. You need to equip yourself with three to five strengths that make you the best selection for the job.
4. Know Your Professional Environment
This means researching Canada’s job market. Doing your homework helps you to know the external and internal forces shaping your industry in the country. You also discover the skills, knowledge, and experience required for the job. When researching, focus on:
- Business trends taking place in Canada; and
- The emerging trends in your specific field (e.g., finance, IT, marketing, law, human resource, etc.)
Having this information tells your employers that you know what’s happening in your industry. Social media, business journals, and government publications are examples of resources with information regarding Canadian industries and job markets.
5. Know Your Job Requirements
To advance in your career in Canada, you also need to know what skills, academic qualifications, and experience needed for the job. Therefore, know your current skills, and the ones you need to develop to for job fitness.
To have a better understanding of the job, consult with people who are currently serving in the same position. During the one-on-one interview with your mentor, ask him/her about:
- The responsibilities of the job position
- The challenges they encounter in the job
- Their schedule and how they spend time during a typical day at work
- What analytical, technical, and interpersonal skills are right for the job
Mostly, Canadian employers are unfamiliar with the academic qualifications you attained back home, for example, degrees, diplomas, and certificates. That can be a drawback because you’ll have to develop the skills for the job. Alternatively, it may mean taking up a lower position in your field of specialization. The benefits of starting t a lower level will help you to:
- Get employment opportunities in your industry
- Gain the Canadian experience you need to excel in your career
- Know Canada’s working environment
- By starting at a lower job position, you can easily take your profession to the next level.