Looking for work can be a daunting and challenging task, especially for newcomers. Finding work in your field may take some time. Where do you start, how should your resume look like, what happens if you have no Canadian work experience, etc. These are all common questions newcomers usually have. In this section, you can read about what to expect, resume tips, job search websites, employment resources, as well as about your rights at work.
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Labour Market Trends
· Understanding Canada’s labour market is a key in your job search, because this information will give you an idea as to where the opportunities are, where there is more demand for employees and for which sector. Labour market trends tell you what types of jobs and skills employers are looking for, which industries are hiring and where, what kind of education/training you may need, future prospects etc.
Statistics Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) are the major sources of government labour market information. ESDC runs a labour market information service. It has information on local labour markets across Canada.
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Ontario Job Futures – Has an overview of Ontario’s employment patterns, information on major trends in the economy and occupational profiles.
Job Bank – Use this to find the name of your occupation in Canada, find out if it is regulated and get labour market information.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – A very large and useful site that can be used as a research source for small businesses and people looking for labour market information. Includes industry profiles, and information on importing and exporting of products and much more.
Employability Skills 2000+ – Describes the critical skills that employers look for. Developed by the Conference Board of Canada.