As a new immigrant, one of your immediate goals is to get a job or start a business. While some new immigrants achieve this within a few weeks, it might take some other people several months. This is where having a great support systems comes in. Your support system might come in form of your family, fiends or even settlement organizations. As you already know, moving to a new country requires you to start over. How fast you achieve your goals depends on having the right job search strategies. It also include having access to the great job search resources. In this article, you will learn about the job search resources for new immigrants in Saskatchewan.
Where to Look for Work
You can find about job openings in several places like job websites, newspapers, job fairs and community bulletin boards.
Job openings in Saskatchewan can be found on the several websites. If you are living in Saskatchewan, you should check the websites below often.
- Saskjobs.ca is the largest job site in Saskatchewan. It lists job postings in entry-level, trade, professional and management positions. Jobs are listed by occupation and region.
- Health Careers in Saskatchewan lists health care jobs with Saskatchewan Regional Health Authorities, as well as the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.
- Saskatchewan Government Careers features jobs available with the provincial government.
- The Job Bank is a Government of Canada website that helps you find jobs available across the country. It also includes information on licensing, training options, regulatory bodies, and wages.
- Other websites with Saskatchewan job listings can be found on saskjobs.ca.
Job Search Resources: Employment Services
Before You Arrive
It is important that you develop skills for your job search and improve your workplace communication skills before you arrive in Saskatchewan. We wrote two articles earlier on what you need to do before you arrive in Canada as a new immigrant. If you are yet to read them, see below
- Things to do before you arrive in Canada as a new immigrant
- Things to do before you arrive in Canada as a new immigrant 2
- Get help before you arrive in Canada
After You Arrive
Some organizations in Saskatchewan can assist you in finding a job. These organizations provide information on job opportunities and can help you prepare job applications. They also provide training, education and the resources to help you with your job search.
- Labour Market Services provide career and employment services to Saskatchewan people in need of information on career and job opportunities, as well as training and education at different locations throughout the province. The services focus on matching the skills of Saskatchewan workers with the skill needs of employers.
- Regional Newcomer Gateways are settlement organizations for newcomers arriving in Saskatchewan. They help you find the information, resources, and services you need to make your move to Saskatchewan a success.
Get Canadian Work Experience
Most employers in Canada expect you to have work experience in Canada. This is mainly because:
- They want to know that you are familiar with the way things are done in Canada;
- Some want to know that you can operate equipment that is commonly used in Canada, as well as interact with customers appropriately; or
- It becomes easier to assess your skills in Canada rather than experience gained outside of the country.
While it may be difficult to get Canadian work experience, there are several ways you can get this experience:
Part-time and Temporary Work
Part-time work refers to positions where you work less than 30 hours a week. It allows you to gain Canadian work experience and earn money. You can do part-time work while attending classes or caring for your family. You may also see jobs that are described as casual. Generally, this means that you do not work a regular schedule, but will be scheduled to work when you are needed.
Temporary work refers to a job that is available for a period of time, with a specific start and end date. Seasonal work means that the temporary job is available for a certain time of the year. Part-time, temporary, seasonal, and casual jobs are listed on a number of job websites.
Work Placement Programs
Work placement programs provide you with an opportunity to work for a short period in a workplace, sometimes without pay. This is an excellent way to get Canadian work experience and make contacts. You can learn more about work placement programs in your area by contacting your local Labour Market Service Office.
A transitional job is different from your usual work, but it allows you to earn money while you are looking for other opportunities or waiting for certification in your occupation. For example, as a lawyer, you may find work as a legal assistant in a law office or with the government doing research and policy development. Transitional jobs can help you get Canadian work experience and make yourself known to employers.
Job Opportunities for Health Care Professionals
Saskatchewan has opportunities for health care workers in certain professions. Some are in high demand; while others may not be.
If you are a health care professional, check the job sites listed below to see what positions are available.
- Health Careers in Saskatchewan is the provincial recruitment agency that helps job seekers find employment with the Saskatchewan regional health authorities and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.
- Saskatchewan Health Authority employs over 40,000 employees and physicians responsible for delivery of high-quality and timely health care services for the entire province.
- Saskjobs.ca is the largest job-posting site in Saskatchewan.
While these resources are good for when you are in Canada, you can start your job search before you come to Canada. The key thing is having the right plan and strategy. So, start early from the time you have your COPR approved especially after you decide on your destination province.