Kari Karlsbjerg's "Canadian Employment Culture" column reports every Wednesday (local time) in the Korea IT Times. First, the four-part coverage of the serial column for 'Month Two' is as follows.
1. Finding Your Tribe: Professional IT Associations Source for Jobs
2. Linked-In is the Sure Way to Connect and Find Work
3. Self-Service to Full-Service Job Hunting
4. KOTRA and KMOVE Connect Jobseekers with Canadian Employers
Two different IT job search options in Canada
While it is exciting to think about fulfilling your dream of working overseas in Canada, the job search task itself can feel quite overwhelming.
In the last two articles in the series, we recommended looking into professional organizations to find valuable inside information about the IT job market and explained the many job hunting benefits of having a LinkedIn profile.
This week, we want to highlight two different job search options that you can use for finding a suitable IT position in Canada: job banks for the more independent job hunters and professional recruiters for those who would prefer more support and assistance.
There are many different job boards that post jobs from different provinces and from different occupation classes. However, Canada now has the Government of Canada Job Bank that collates all the positions listed on all the different job boards onto this one site, making it much easier and efficient to search for different positions and locations across Canada.
The Government of Canada Job Bank
The Job Bank is the leading source of jobs and labor market information in Canada. Over 80,000 jobs are advertised every month by 5 million registered employers. Anyone can apply to job postings found on the Job Bank by applying directly using the information provided on the job posting. However, please note that as a foreign job seeker, you may be required to have a work permit to work for an employer in Canada. The Job Bank site also offers plenty of information on job outlooks and wages for different occupations or locations in Canada.
For job hunters who want more support to find a job that best matches their skills and experience, working with a professional recruiter is the solution. Recruiters save you time because you don’t need to be searching the job boards and sending applications. They will find the postings that match your background and put your name forward for consideration. Also, recruiters have a far greater knowledge of the Canadian IT job market than you do, and you can benefit from their vast network of connections.
Kari Karlsbjerg and Elaine Chu are authors of the best-selling bilingual guidebook, Everyday Vancouver, which contains all the practical cultural information and resources Korean newcomers need for life in Vancouver, Canada.