Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail


by Thelma O’Connor
Before you leave for Canada, there are a number of things you can do to prepare yourself for your job search. Take time to consider your skills, your qualifications, your strengths and your work experience, as well as what you need to do to prepare for employment in Canada.

Carefully consider the following questions:

  • What is my occupation called and how is it described in Canada?
  • Is my occupation in demand in Canada?
  • Are my spoken and written English skills strong enough to get a job in my current occupation?
  • Do I possess the cross-cultural skills necessary to be successful in my Canadian job search and in a Canadian workplace?
  • Do I possess the soft-skills that are required by Canadian employers?
  • What are the employment opportunities for my occupation in different parts of Canada?
  • Is my occupation a regulated or non-regulated occupation?
  • What are the qualifications needed for my occupation in Canada?
  • Are my qualifications (education and training credentials) equivalent to the Canadian qualifications required for my occupation?
  • Is my resume suitable for Canadian employers?

Taking the time to research your occupation in Canada will help you to make informed choices. It will provide you with a realistic understanding of the opportunities available to you and the challenges you will face in securing employment. Regardless of the type of opportunity you strive for, the better you prepare, the better you’ll be able to compete!


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