30 Aug 2020

Sonia on Sundays: Finding your dream job in NL

As a new Permanent Resident in Canada, you might be wondering how to find a job that you enjoy and build your career. Let me start with saying that it is never an easy task to secure employment in a new country. From my personal experience I know how challenging it might be considering that English may not be your first language and you don’t know much about the employment market in your new community. On top of that, your educational credential are often not recognized by Canadian employers and it certainly adds to the struggle of securing a job.

onia Krajewska is the ANC’s Community Settlement and Integration Counsellor (Permanent Residents).

In today’s article I would like to make it a little easier for you to find employment in NL.

Start with writing a Resume
A resume is a document which lists your skills, previous employment, education, and any accomplishments you may have. There are plenty of ways you can write your resume, but if you find it hard to create one, feel free to contact our team at AXIS (employment division of the Association for New Canadians) at axis@nfld.net and they will help you with that.

Get creative; if you didn’t have many jobs in the past, try to tailor your resume to the job position that you are looking for. Write an interesting cover letter explaining what skills you have and what your interests are. Employers often give a chance to a person who has a potential to learn new things and to grow. So, don’t panic if a job advertisement calls for previous experience, just ensure to mention in your application why you would be a great candidate despite lacking certain experience.

What’s next?
Now you need to start searching! Here are some websites which regularly post job opportunities in our province.
     • Service Canada Job Bank
     • Career Beacon
     • Indeed
     • Workopolis Job Search
     • Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

You might need to create an online profile, or simply email your resume to the Hiring Manager.

Don’t forget to sign yourself up with AXIS as they provide a suite of employment assistance programs to newcomers who have recently immigrated to Newfoundland and Labrador. They can guide you when it comes to finding employment in the province.

It is also worth mentioning that you shouldn’t limit yourself to only online job search. If you are looking for a job in customer-facing industries (such as retail or hospitality) your best bet might be to print your resume and go to the local stores personally to speak to the manager on duty.

I got called for an interview. How do I prepare?
It is crucial to come prepared for a job interview. You need to get familiar with a job description for the position you are interviewing for. What would be expected from you and how could you apply your existing skills to this role?

Be sure to do a research about the company. You should know a little bit about its history and what the company does. In order to do that, visit their website and read through recently published news articles that mention this business. You don’t have to spend a whole day studying about the employer, but it’s good to know the main things that may come up during the interview.

You may also want to practice your speaking skills and body language. The more practice you will get, the less stressed you will feel during the actual interview. It is always very intimidating to attend a job interview, so the more you prepare the better!

What if my qualifications are not recognized in Canada?
This is a quite common issue. Newcomers to Canada often learn that their credentials from another country may not be fully recognized here. This often relates to the medical field and engineers, but it’s not limited to it.

In some cases, you might be able to use World Education Services to evaluate your credentials and see whether they are equivalent to Canadian schooling. In other instances, you might need to pass certain exams or even go back to school in Canada. The Atlantic Immigrant Career Loan Fund offers micro-loans to help immigrants overcome financial barriers to getting licensed and working in their field or related areas. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the ANC administers the AICLF; once again, our staff at AXIS can help you with that. You’ll also find that some employers value the job experience newcomers bring and, when possible, rely on your overall qualifications to determine a fit for a position.

Sometimes, it might be a good opportunity to start fresh and build a completely new career. If you find it challenging to find employment in your previous field, try to open yourself up for a new industries and opportunities. Volunteering in your community can also open up doors and provide networking opportunities leading to future employment.

Remember to not give up! It usually takes a while before you find the right employer for yourself. Do not get discouraged if you send number of resumes and don’t hear back for a while. Just give yourself some time and make sure to keep searching! With the right attitude you can secure the job that can grow into a great and prospering career.

If you have any questions or need support with settlement in NL, contact me at skrajewska@ancnl.ca


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