How to find work in BC
Finding a new job can be daunting, but there are steps you can take to keep you on the path to doing what you love.
First, as a newcomer to Canada, you need to ensure you understand what the requirements are for your career. The Vancouver Public Library’s Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre helps newcomers find the information about careers in Canada, explore alternatives, or start your own business. It’s a free resource for those who live in Metro Vancouver, and it’s easily accessible in-person or online.
Once you’ve chosen your career, it’s a good idea to connect to other people through networking. You never know where a connection can lead you, so it’s a good idea to keep yourself open to opportunity. This can be done in many ways:
- Volunteering can give you access to key people in your industry, or to the people who are connected to them. Volunteer commitments can be as little as a couple hours per week.
- Informational interviews allow you to reach out to people who are currently working in your industry and ask them questions about the job requirements, and steps you can take to get into your career of choice.
- Becoming a member of your professional association allows you a chance to connect with people in your industry through workshops, events, and industry updates.
Make sure you’ve written a good cover letter and resume that matches job expectations. You can get help with these documents at immigrant serving agencies or at WorkBC Centres. All libraries have great resources and tools to refer to help you build or improve your resume and cover letters. These are necessary tools for you to present your best self when applying for the jobs you want.
While you’re working towards your career of choice, recognize that getting that job takes time. It may be a good idea to take a temporary position while you continue applying for your desired positions. Right now, many industries are gearing up for the holiday season and looking for temporary workers. Be open to the experiences and options as they present themselves to you and you’ll be on your way before you know it.