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WORKING IN CANADA

 

 HOW DIFFICULT WILL IT BE TO GET A JOB IN CANADA?

 

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 Canada in the best way, it is necessary to organize the sources of job into three groups, based on a worker's hourly rates.

  

  1. LOW SALARY JOBS

- 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.

 

In 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.

 

Most 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.

 

In 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 attention.

 

 

  1. MEDIUM SALARY JOBS

 

Salaries between 2 and 4 minimum hourly - ( between $20 and $40/hour en 2010)

 

The 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:

Skilled workers. Canadian in origin, with a Canadian education, unemployed or newly graduated. Some of them are just looking for a change.

-  Veteran Immigrants: with several years in Canada, well trained and/or who want a promotion in their  field.

- Qualified Immigrants (skilled workers): newcomers form different countries ( especially from India, China, Pakistan, Rumania, Russia, Iran, Korea, Colombia, etc.).

 

As 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. Etc.

 

 

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.

 

 For 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.

 

 

 IMPORTANT

 

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)

The 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.

 

On 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 Skilled Workers.

 

Among the candidates with whom an applicant may have to compete, we find: Skilled Workers of Canadian origin and experience, Skilled Veteran Immigrants, and  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.

 

RECOMMENDATION

Experience 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:

 

1.      Sound improvement of English command

2.      A cCanadian diploma or certificate, easily recognized in the job market, which will add credibility to your education or training.

3.      It will facilitate your professional certification process related to your occupation

4.      You will count  on the College or University’s support to get a job, internships, etc.

5.      You will enhance your NETWORK considerably

 

STUDYING IN CANADA AND GETTING A DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE IS THE BEST WAY OF GETTING A PROFESSIONAL JOB.

 

 

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