Jobs: Finding Your Perfect Employer
By Sandra Fletcher
For many newcomers to Canada, finding work is a job in itself. Which employers are good? How much money will I get for the job that I do? Where will I be able to work? What is the right job for me and my family?
The Perfect Match
One of the most important parts of a successful job search is knowing how to research employers to find the best place to work for YOU. The more you know about a company and their goals, the better able you are to show your value as an employee. Begin your search by learning which employers in your area hire workers with your experiences and skills.
Hit the Internet
Research this information on the internet through the Labour Market websites such as: Canadian Occupational Information at www.jobfutures.ca. Here you will find information about career planning.
Labour Market Information and Careers at www.makingcareersense.org offers information and links to other sites about the Canadian labour market.
Industry Canada information is offered at www.ic.gc.ca where you can find information about their programs, services and company listings.
Don’t have access to the internet? Books such as Scott’s Directory, Canada 211 and the Yellow Pages can provide valuable information such as: location, contact information and business details. Your local library is a great place to find these books. Many libraries offer free internet access as well!
Magazines and Newspapers
Each year a listing of "Canada’s Top 100 Employers" is published in The Toronto Star based on research done by MediaCorp Canada Inc.
The same company also publishes the "10 Best Employers for New Canadians". Here’s why companies were voted the best!
- They offer services to help employees who are newcomers such as settlement information or special classes.
- They help recent immigrants by recognizing foreign education and experience.
- They assist new employees in getting foreign qualifications recognized in Canada through Accreditation Centres.
- They have programs to help newcomers understand the Canadian workplace.
- Their staff are trained in cross-cultural issues to help create a welcoming work place.
Edit Down Your List
Once you have found probable employers in your area, focus on details that will relate to your skills, knowledge, and abilities. You may want to set up a filing system to organize the information you find. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Where is the company located?
- How long has the company been in business?
- How many buildings do they have?
- What is the main industry of the company?
- How many employees do they have?
- What is the reputation of the company?
- What are the company’s mission and values?
- How can I best contact the employer (email, mail, fax, phone?)
- Can I talk to their Human Resources Department or employees?
Take notes and set up a system to organize the information you find.
Think outside the box – a job-finding club in your area, preferably just for recent immigrants to Canada, can help you with this process.
Be patient. Remember, it takes time and effort to find the RIGHT employer. It’s important you search for someone who you can help become more successful – and equally important to find someone who you feel can help you advance in your chosen employment goal.