How are you? Well, I hope you are doing well. Today, I am going to talk about something that interest to many people and especially the potential expatriates in CANADA: how find a job in Toronto.
1. The Resume Canadian
Yes, this is the basis, the Resume (called in French CV). It must be done with Canadian requirements (without photo, on two pages..). I helped myself with examples of abstracts on Indeed or Monster. There are also centres that help Francophones in Ontario: The Centre francophone de Toronto: the IDE Gateway (integration and economic development). Personally, I contacted the IDE Center and I was well advised by phone. I even signed up for an information session but I couldn’t go. However, I received very good testimonies from expat friends on their workshops.
2. Apply with a Canadian telephone number
I noticed that when I was applying from France with my French telephone number, I had no calls. As soon as I updated my summary with my Canadian number, I had direct calls. Which brings me to my other advice, be prepared to take interviews by phone as soon as you apply.
3. Where to look?
I applied to a lot of sites like indeed, Kijiji, Workopolis, Craigslist or even Monster. Not to mention Linkedin that works very well here.
As everywhere the network is important and especially here. We have to go out, meet people. For the little anecdote, I accompanied a friend to visit an apartment. I was very sympathetic to the girl who was leaving her apartment. And from there I told her I was looking for a job, she took my Cv and Bim I got an interview thanks to her. Besides, if you read this post, thank you S…… All this to tell you that the network is super important because many jobs are not published. Attention the “networking” does not work only in one direction that means if you can also help another person; If you hear a job offer, do it. The networking is an exchange. There are also forums like immigrer.com, pvtistes or even Facebook groups. I also got an interview thanks to an ad on a Facebook group, a French girl who was leaving her job… There are also the “Meet up”, ideal for creating your network. You meet people around common passions. It’s very nice, I’m a follower of “meet-up”, I recommend;)
There are quite a few… Personally, they did not really help me. But when you come in a new country and you look for work, you knock on every door.
4. What to look for at the beginning?
It all depends on what you want. Personally, I searched the Customer Service jobs in the banks or call centers since I have a lot of experience in customer advice.
5. The difficulties that I have encountered for myself, the difficulties encountered have been at the level of the Canadian experience. At every interview or almost, I was asked if I had ever worked in Canada. So I had to justify that I had just arrived. The second difficulty, the temporary work permit. Some employers may be reluctant to have a temporary work permit. You have to reassure them and explain to them the work permit.
6. My strength
My first asset was my experience in London. Oh yes, this experience was a real asset since I already had bases in English and the employers felt reassured. My second strength is, I speak French. Speaking French in an Anglophone province is a real advantage because you can apply for all the jobs for bilinguals. So launch yourself…
7. How does it work?
I give you an example of maintenance that I spent:
9h: I apply
10h: I have a phone call and a very short telephone interview, 15 min in general. WOW Super! I got a call. Oh, yes! Do not be surprised, they call very very quickly, the same day even the next day. Once the first interview was successful, they offered me a second interview with the manager.
Two days later: Interview with the manager. It can be more or less long. For some positions, I had English tests. The interview ends. “Thank you, Sandra, we’ll call you back in two days for the answer.” Uh how to tell you, I’m still waiting….. They never called me back for the negative answers. I was waiting for reviews and feedbacks to understand why I did not get this position. Nothing…. Maybe, they are embarrassed to tell me no, LOL. First one, I was super disappointed and I understood after that it was common here. When I had no answers, I guessed it was a negative answer.
8. The last bonus: volunteering
As I said, it’s very difficult without first Canadian experience. Volunteering can be a solution. I volunteered at my nephews ‘ school. It may seem minimal, but they appreciate it here.
9. My advice
The advice I have to give you:-do not be afraid to start from the bottom, once the first expertise acquired, you can search in your branch.
– Be motivated and do not be discouraged.
– For some jobs, I advise you to take off your diplomas, recruiters may be frightened if you are on qualified for the job.
– Prepare your interviews, inquire about the companies.
10. How long did I get my first Canadian job?
I picked up my first Canadian job after more than 20 interviews, English tests and three weeks after I arrived. It is certainly not in my branch but it is a start.