DIFFICULT WILL IT BE TO GET A JOB IN
It will depend on the type of job you
are looking for. Finding a low income job (in non qualified
activity) is quite easy. To explain the job situation in
in the best way, it is necessary to organize the sources of job into
three groups, based on a worker's hourly rates.
Salaries between 1 to 2 minimum hourly - ( between $10.25 and $20,50/hour in 2010)
These jobs are easy to find in Ontario.
There are many signs reading "NOW HIRING", "HELP WANTED", and similar.
general terms, there are permanent job offers in fast food restaurants like
Wendy’s, MacDonald’s, KFC, Tim Hortons, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc.,. Many of
those type of jobs are done by housewives, young people and students in
their spare time, or by mature people with a low education level. Also there are
many skilled workers newcomers (with good education) working in these business
too. They offer the minimum salary allowed by authorities, or just a few dollars
or cents higher if applicants already have some experience and some degree of
responsibility. According to statistics in
Canada, between 35 and 40% of Canadian workers
are working for minimum salaries or for salaries just slightly higher.
jobs offered in Internet newspaper sites, especially the ones offering cleaning,
hotel services, chain stores or supermarkets, restaurants, general stores,
shops, gas stations, production lines and industries, also offer low salaries.
some industrial or building companies a semi qualified worker can gat an hourly
rate of $15 or more, depending on the type of company, experience, etc.
Even for these types of jobs with low rates, it is
necessary to have a good level of English, especially if the
position is related to the area of customer service and people
MEDIUM SALARY JOBS
Salaries between 2 and 4 minimum hourly - ( between $20 and $40/hour en 2010)
Canadian job market for this range of wages is highly competitive and many
people apply for these posts. They are usually job positions requiring educated
people, excellent communications skills, some sort of especial training and
specific experience in the corresponding field. These are the type of people an
applicant will compete with:
Canadian in origin, with a Canadian education, unemployed or newly graduated.
Some of them are just looking for a change.
with several years in Canada,
well trained and/or who want a promotion in their field.
Immigrants (skilled workers):
newcomers form different countries ( especially from
the reader may suppose, finding a job with such a salary is quite difficult.,
especially because of the great number of candidates that apply via Internet, by
regular post, or face to face. It is estimated that for every ad seeking skilled
personnel in the Toronto Star or in Workopolis, companies receive between 200
and 400 applications.
Experts also state that just between 15 and 20% of job positions with that
salary level are advertised in mass media like The Toronto Star, The Sun, The
Globe & Mail, etc, or specialized Internet portals, such as Workopolis,
TheJobBank, Canada Jobs.
Most of these non
advertised jobs (80-85 %), are what councillors call
hidden job market.
Those positions are usually covered by, or created for candidates known by
employers by direct contact with the applicant or his/her friends, via
recommendations by other employees, recruitment agencies, or the employer’s
environment. This web of contacts is called NETWORKING, and it is the key to
get a job in Canada.
newcomers who lack of contacts or NETWORKING, getting a skilled worker job is
more difficult. However, if they set time aside and make the effort to follow
the advice given in this guide, overcoming that initial drawback will be
possible little by little.
As a newcomer, you must start creating your own
NETWORK as son as you arrive in
Canada. NETWORKING is the key to
find a job in the hidden job market, where most skilled worker jobs
belong to. In other words, you must know the contacts that would be
related to an employer’s contacts.
3. HIGH SALARY JOBS
Salaries Higher than 4 minimum (minimum hourly)
– ($41,00 / hourly and up)
Canadian job market with this range of wages is a little more demanding
regarding communication skills, technical training, academic education and
experience. To apply for such a job it is usually necessary to have a
professional license issued by a Canadian professional association, and several
years of experience in North America.
Contrary to what most people may suppose having a university degree isn’t
necessary to get that type of job. Some technical 3-year courses which need a
license to exert the profession are likely to allow applicants to get such job
position. For example electricians, Tool Makers, Chefs, Gas Technicians,
Plumbers, Food Technicians, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians,
Computer Programmers and Operators, Drivers, Building Carpenters, Home
Inspectors, etc. Many skilled workers in the building field reach these types of
salaries, such as concrete, roofers, landscapes, etc. In some cases they don’t
even need a license, but they need a great deal of experience instead.
the other hand, the great majority of those job positions (90 – 95%) are part of
the hidden job market. These are usually taken by candidates who are promoted by
domestic opposition company selections, or through people the employers know by
direct contact, other employees’ recommendations, recruiting agencies, etc.
The lack of NETWORKING, of Canadian
job experience, and poor communication skills are the great initial
disadvantages that may make getting a job a difficult task for
Among the candidates with whom an applicant may have to compete, we find:
Skilled Workers of Canadian origin
Skilled Veteran Immigrants,
Skilled newcomer Workers.
To apply for a job with
a high salary, most drawbacks for newcomers are the lack of NETWORKING, a poor
communication skills, lack of Canadian experience, and the lack of a
professional license or professional certification.
has shown that the best decision a professional or skilled worker
can make to get a good job position is to study a specialization in
his / her area of interest or a course of technical training in a
University or College. The benefits of such courses are various:
improvement of English command
diploma or certificate, easily recognized in the job market, which
will add credibility to your education or training.
will facilitate your
professional certification process related to your occupation
will count on the
College or University’s support to get a job, internships, etc.
will enhance your NETWORK considerably
AND GETTING A DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE IS THE
BEST WAY OF GETTING A
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