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Helpful Tips for Newcomers Looking for a New Job or Career!

Posted on: January 6, 2022

Reports have been circulating that many Canadians are looking for a career or job change amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The data ranges to 1 in 4, all the way up to two-thirds of Canadians wanting to switch careers or jobs. The reasons cited include declining job satisfaction, overall well-being, compensation, and declining job satisfaction. If you’re considering a career or job change, your big decision can be helped along by taking advantage of the many career services available to you, as a newcomer to Canada. 

Discover FREE Employment Services in BC

There are different employment services available to help you look for a job, plan your career, or start your own business. They include self-service tools and resources, workshops and one-on-one counselling on various topics, sometimes in a variety of languages, depending on the geographic location. You can contact your local settlement agency or WorkBC Services Centre to find out what is available in your community to help you get started.

The Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre is Available to Newcomers Throughout the Lower Mainland! 

The Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre is based out of the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Library. This in-person, or online resource centre helps newcomers living in the Lower Mainland find information they need to get a job, explore careers, or start a business. They help you find the information you need to start working in British Columbia, including Employment Guides as well as free programs. If needed, they will recommend government agencies, professional associations, and other organizations to help with job search, resume writing or assessing your credentials.

There are many FREE Resources and Programs Available Through Your Local Public Library

Libraries throughout BC offer programs, workshops, and resources geared to helping people find employment. Some examples include: 

  • The Career Development page at the Surrey Libraries offers suggested books and online learning and research tools that you can access, free with your library card. 
  • The WorkBC Employment Services Drop In takes place on Wednesdays, from 1-4:30pm at the Whistler Public Library. You can access job search resources, personal career planning, job search workshops, or explore funding options or wage subsidies available to you. 
  • You can explore Labour Market Trends and Hot Jobs during Economic Recovery (presented in Mandarin) 经济复苏时期的就业市场和热门职业分析(国语) at the Richmond Public Library in partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 10am-11:30am. Learn more about current labour market, statistics during economic recovery, high demand occupations and re-training opportunities.




But Wait! There’s More! 

Of course, there are many more programs, services, and workshops. If you look through the Library and Events page on our website, you will find a listing of all libraries with a link directly to their events page.

Take the time you need to explore the options and services available to you. These programs, resources, services and events don’t cost anything other than the time you devote to researching your options. Let us know how it goes and tell us what was most useful for you. Happy New Year to you, and best of luck in your career and job search!