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Navigating the Canadian Labor Market

Job search a comprehensive guide


Moving to the Maple Leaf Country can be both exciting and stressful, and finding a job quickly is often the most important (and most difficult) goal. The Canadian job market is diverse and competitive, and understanding the nuances of job searching in a new environment is critical to success. In this guide, I will discuss key aspects of the job search that may determine whether and how quickly we will find employment overseas, including: market research, creating a Canadian CV (resume), job search strategy, building a network of contacts and preparing for job interviews. I will also talk about the most common mistakes and the benefits of working with a career advisor or career coach.


Before we move on, I would like to point out that this guide will not be for everyone. More specifically, we will focus on the office/corporate job search from the perspective of larger cities, so some of the tips discussed may not apply to your specific situation.


Does the following situation sound familiar?

After many months (or maybe years) of preparation, you are finally in Canada with a work permit or permanent residence. Hundreds of job applications have been sent, another few weeks are behind you, your savings are disappearing at an alarming rate, and the response from recruiters is almost zero.


There are many factors that can influence this. In this article, we will look at the 7 most common ones and discuss how to prepare to conquer the Canadian labor market so as not to waste time (and money) in the endless pursuit of a Canadian employer. Here they are:

  • Market research – the most often avoided, but at the same time one of the most important steps in looking for a job in a new country.
  • Preparing a Canadian resume – how does it differ from a standard CV and how to write it correctly?
  • Job search strategy – where to look for offers and the best way to do it.
  • Networking – why it is worth practicing and how to do it effectively.
  • The recruitment process in Canada – why finding a job can take up to several months.
  • Job interviews – how to prepare and make a good impression.
  • Using new technologies in a job search.


In the following parts of the article, I will also tell you how a career advisor or career coach can help you in each of these steps and why it is worth investing in such services.

My name is Malwina and I have been living in Toronto since 2016. I was a participant of the International Experience Canada program, and currently I am a career coach and HR Director with over 10 years of experience. Since 2020, I have been a mentor at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, helping newcomers find employment.
I cooperate with the eKanada Newcomers Assistance team on issues related to job search, personal development, career counseling and preparing new immigrants for the Canadian labor market.
I am the author of the comprehensive guide “Navigating the Canadian Labor Market.”
I invite you to read the introduction to my guide and its subsequent parts (coming soon).
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