When starting out you may have to accept a job situation that is quite different from the one you are coming from. Many employers require good English skills and Canadian experience.

If you have no Canadian experience, you may find it difficult to find work in the same area as your previous qualifications and experience. In this case, you will need to decide what type and level of work you are willing to do. Employers may then consider you over-qualified, but stay confident in the skills and experience you bring to the community. It just takes one organization to see this, or it may be better to re-assess those skills and experience and use them in a new area. A great way to make contacts with locals and local businesses is to volunteer.

Online Resources

WelcomeBC Newcomers Guide.  Chapter 8: Employment and Business, gives details of the following topics:

  • Social Insurance Number
  • Finding a job
  • Applying for a job
  • Discrimination
  • Credentials
  • Working
  • Laws about working
  • Getting paid
  • Losing your job
  • If you get hurt at work
  • Harassment at work
  • Starting your own business

Welcome to Canada Guide – Chapter 8: Employment and Income covers many topics such as:

  • Foreign credential recognition,
  • Searching and applying for jobs,
  • Volunteering and mentoring
  • Employee rights, and much more.

Planning to Work in British Columbia Workbook.

This is a workbook for newcomers who are interested in working in British Columbia, it will tell you all the things you need to do to find a job in B.C., such as:

  • Living in British Columbia
  • Learning English
  • Finding a Job
  • Work-related documents
  • Education and Academic Credentials