Internationally Trained I.T. professionals most certainly have the skills to enter to Canadian I.T. sector. However, securing a job in your desired field is not always so simple; especially if you are in a new country. Continue reading to learn more about how skilled newcomers can get an I.T. job in Canada.
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The Myth About “Canadian Experience”
Many Canadian employers may value the importance of having Canadian work experience. In fact, a lack of Canadian experience is a common barrier preventing skilled newcomers from working in their desired career field. This is especially true in regulated industries such as healthcare. However, I.T. is generally unregulated (depending on the province or position). As an internationally trained I.T. professional, you already possess the skills for the job. While you may not have Canadian work experience, we definitely recommend you use the Canadian format for preparing your cover letter and resume when applying to jobs.
Getting the Interview
For many job seekers, getting an interview is one of the most challenging parts of the job search. As an internationally trained I.T. professional, you already possess the desired skills so you may not want to return to school. However, upgrading your skills by obtaining additional certifications can help strengthen your job application. Bonus tip: if you don’t want your resume to be too long, link to a GITHUB page which will allow you to showcase your I.T. work
At the same time, job seekers should also consider creating a LinkedIn profile. Your profile on LinkedIn will serve as your virtual resume and has the potential to reach many recruiters and employers. Keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date and feature your best work.
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Build your Network
We recommend job seekers publicly acknowledge the intention. You never know where your next job referral will come from, so don’t be shy about broadcasting your job search to your network. On the other hand, employers are much more interested in hiring someone based on recommendation than a stranger. LinkedIn is a great way to grow your professional network and let others know about your job search.
Show off your Soft Skills:
Soft skills generally refer to non-technical skills that are related to your working style. For example, your personality trait and communication abilities. Having soft skills can be the difference between getting hired or not. While your technical skills are important, you will also be competing with other candidates who have those same skills.
Canadian employers value the importance of your soft skills because they want to assess if you will be a great fit with the company. You will have a higher chance of getting hired and staying in the company if your employer thinks you can work well and get along with coworkers. Therefore, we recommend newcomers to develop their communication skills and deepen an understanding of Canadian work culture.
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New to I.T.?
Are you considering I.T. as a career change? Information Technology is a rapidly growing sector with plenty of opportunities. I.T. is important in every industry, and your previous expertise could be an asset. On the other hand, don’t be afraid to start with an entry-level position. With time and practice, you will be able to move to higher-paying positions. Search for software testing jobs because that is a great way to get your foot into the I.T. sector. On the other hand, getting certifications is a great way to get a “head start” on your I.T. career. Keep in mind that I.T. is a very specialized sector and that it is difficult to take a do-it-all approach. Work in the sector long enough and you will eventually find your specialization.
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Looking for more career support?
While the road to an I.T. career in Canada may seem difficult, keep in mind that you have already made it this far! You have successfully navigated the immigration process and you are now living in Canada. Remember that looking for a job is a full-time job in itself. You will only get results if you put in the work.
Career Loans is here to help skilled newcomers in Alberta and Saskatchewan jumpstart a Canadian career. We provide free career and financial counselling so that your career goals can become a reality. Eligible members can also receive a micro loan of up to $15,000 to pay for skill upgrading, certifications, and much more.
Learn more and sign up today by clicking here!