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Can I Get a Job in Canada Before Arriving?


    The biggest hurdle for most adults trying to immigrate to Canada is the “job offer from a Canadian employer” requirement. Want to immigrate to Canada? Often the fastest way to get your application for permanent residency approved is to have an arranged job offer in Canada.

    The job gives you a reasonable platform to get your permanent residency faster.  Nothing is impossible and you should keep forging ahead. With determination and motivation, you should not be deterred from getting that job to help you in your permanent residency journey. However, for anyone who fails to plan plans to fail – it is important to plan thoroughly.  It is possible to have a job, although you will have to do some things so it will increase your chances.


    Getting the Job Offer

    There are a number of ways of getting a job offer from a Canadian employer;


    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.

    This has proved to help people get a job; you need to know the right people in order to succeed in getting the job. 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. 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. It’s easier to find jobs in Canada if you have strong references. Try to obtain employment references from previous employers, but only if relevant to the jobs you are applying for in Canada.

    Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    As an immigrant, you must have a pattern that is acceptable in your country when you are applying for a job. It is different in Canada, so you have to tailor your CV to the standard of the Canadian people so that you can easily stand out from the crowd. A Canadian-style CV is recommended to be no more than 2 pages. Resumes should include the most relevant work experience that relates to the job you are applying for those dates back no more than 10 years. Never list your salary, a picture, or other personal details like your marital status and family information.

    The human rights code in Canada protects employees from having to disclose any of those personal details so that they won’t be discriminated against based on those details.

    Poorly-written resumes — as well as resumes that list duties rather than personal or team achievements — will hinder you from making an impact and stop you from getting a job in Canada before even reaching the interview stage.

    Read these tips carefully, ensure you understand the objective, and apply these simple concepts to help your resume impress an employer. Your CV is the most important thing that says a lot about you in your absence so do well to do a lot of research and thoroughly work on your CV.

    Online Search

    This is the unlikeliest of ways to get a job but you may be lucky to get one while surfing the net.


    If you have successfully moved to Canada then you will need to update your account and put the location you are currently in. Employers of labor are bound to favor locals and if you have in your account that you are in your country then your chances of getting a job soon are low.

    Also, make sure your LinkedIn account is up to date with the most current information, and that your grammar is perfect. Poor grammar or careless mistakes can make you appear like your English level is not up to standard. Recruiters need to see that you have a professional level of communication before they can consider you for a job. Recruiters and employers are using this tool every day to source candidates for jobs in Canada.


    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, or “headhunters”, to find talent. Usually, these headhunters are paid by the employer so avoid companies that ask you to pay them for their services.

    Build Yourself

    Canada has a labor force from all over the world with different types of qualifications making the labor market very competitive. You need to start considering the fact that you will have to take up some courses that are relevant to you and start working. Having a higher degree than what you have now will be an added advantage.

    Do not let unrecognized international credentials prevent you from attaining a job that matches your full experience and expertise. The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) helps you determine what credentials you will need to practice your occupation in Canada.

    Volunteer Work


    When you first get into Canada you will find it difficult to get a job, and also an employer of labor might not employ you when you do not have working experience in Canada. That is where the volunteering work comes in, this serves as a platform for getting the required experience and you can also network and get to know people who might help you in the future.

    You don’t need to dedicate the entire work week to doing volunteer work, as you will need to apply your time towards your job search. But dedicating a few hours a week of volunteer experience can help you understand the Canadian work culture, and practice your technical skills and communication skills (perfect your English).  It’s also a good opportunity to get Canadian references.