Job Hunting Closure-Canada

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You're hired. Woo hoo!

Many congratulations. But, after you've drunk a toast to yourself, there still are some loose ends you need to tie up.

Monitor work permit process

  • If you need to get a work permit before moving to Canada and starting your job, do not assume your employer is thoroughly familiar with the work permit application process.
  • To be on the safe side, you should do independent research and figure out for youself what's involved in the work permit application process.
  • Keep in touch with your prospective employer and, if you notice that the company is messing up, be ready to provide tactful guidance.
  • You would be surprised at how ignorant some people in some human resources departments are about some details of the work permit application process. If a company already has applied for Labour Market Opinions many times, it is more likely to understand the process.
  • Although HR personnel sometimes understand what's involved in the primary applicant's work permit application process, they sometimes don't understand what the implications are for spouses and children of work permit holders. For example, they may not know that the spouses of individuals in the O, A and B Skill Levels of the National Occupational Classification are entitled to spousal open work permits. They also may not know that the child of a work permit holder (regardless of the work permit holder's skill level) to all intents and purposes is not entitled to a work permit.
  • It is recommended that, if your right to work in Canada is contingent on a work permit and if you are not already familiar with the application process, you read the BE Wiki on Work Permits as well as Citizenship and Immigration Canada's web page.

Inform contacts of new job

  • When you find a job, inform the friends and acquaintances who are looking out for opportunities for you. It's frustrating to be tracking down leads for an acquaintance, find a promising one, and phone him/her only to be told, "Oh thanks, but I've found a job."
  • Here are three samples of thank you letters to friends who have assisted in a job hunt.
  • Your communications need not be as formal as letters. E-mails and phone calls also would be welcome.

Networking is forever

  • Your network is something that you should maintain even after you have found a job.
  • You should devote at least some of your attention to the job that you'll have after this one.
  • You'll be in a much stronger position to manage your next move if you have maintained your network in the interim.
  • Meet people for lunch from time to time, and maintain membership of a professional or trade organization.

Other job hunting articles

  • This is only one of a series of BE Wiki articles about job hunting in Canada.
  • To find links to the other articles in the series, please go to Job Hunting in Canada.