Thinking about getting a software job in Canada? If you’re committed, determined and willing to do what it takes, you will working in no time. Being new to Canada and looking for work can be daunting, but having our best foot forward will give you a leg up in the running. There are some things you want to make sure you have in order before even beginning your search for employment in the software industry.
If you’re new to the country, find a good immigration lawyer. They will be able to help you out with where to begin, how to start the search, and which jobs might be best for you. Not to mention that they will assist you with getting your work visa if that is something you need. Other than that, here are some good tips:
Update your resume
It’s simple, but it’s overlooked by many people looking for work in any field. The most important thing is to have it updated to include your most recent employment, any and all experience related to the field of work, and be sure to fill in any gaps. You don’t want a year unaccounted for; volunteer work, school and any courses you may have taken need to be in there to account for periods of unemployment.
Seeing that you’re a self-starter and are willing to do what it takes to get the job done will help you stick out among other applicants.
Also be sure to have references that your future employer may contact. Either put them on your resume directly, or state that references are available upon request. Whether they are former employees, volunteer supervisors, or past teachers/professors, it’s very important to be able to provide at least 3 to a potential employer.
Now that your resume is up to date, it’s time to get out there and start looking.
Finding Available Jobs
Online Job Sites
Take a look online on various classifieds websites for work in the software field.
and many more are there for you! Look in the areas around Toronto and Vancouver for high-paying software jobs, though they exist around the country. Places like Mississauga and Surrey are great places to move to that are growing rapidly with a lot of opportunity.
Talk to people you might know in the area, you never know who might be hiring!
Scout out some employment agencies. They are there to help you and generally will do all the hard work for you.
The Interview Process
The next step is to go on some interviews once you have some set up. Here’s a couple tips to help you stand out among other applicants:
- Show up on time!
- Dress professionally. Never under-dress, employers like to see someone who is professional, well put together, and who takes good care of themselves.
- Be confident. Hold your head high and project your voice properly (don’t yell, just don’t talk to the floor or mumble).
- Make eye contact. Interviewers will value your attentiveness and interest in the position.
- Ask questions about the company if you have not done any research prior to the interview.
Some other important things to keep in mind is how much you will get paid versus the cost of living. Be sure to do some very thorough budgeting based off of the cost of living for you (and your family) per year, taking into account taxes (both taken off of your income, yearly income tax, and standard GST/HST/PST that is paid in Canada). Once you have a good idea of how much money you need to live comfortably, you will be able to have an idea of what kind of job you might need, and which will be worth your time. Keep your options open!