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Tips for newcomers on how to navigate the Canadian job application process

This section contains information to help answer some of the specific challenges or questions that immigrants might face while looking for a job in Canada’s mining industry.

To get started, take a look at this video by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) which provides an excellent overview for immigrants on employment in Canada. 

Find Immigrant Services in your Area

Review this Government of Canada website to find free immigrant services in your area which include:

  • language assessments and classes
  • help finding a job
  • help with daily life such as finding a place to live and filling out forms and applications
  • information about community services such as mentoring

Preparing a Resume and Cover Letter

When applying to jobs in Canada, employers expect a resume and a cover letter, both of these documents combined are called your “application package,” in addition to any other documents that might be requested by the employer (e.g. writing samples). A list of tips on writing your application package is provided below. For a more in-depth guide, we’ve also included some links to expert resources that you may find helpful

Links

Settlement.org

Skilled Immigrant Infocentre

NCE Institute

Prepare for Canada

Applying Online

Visit the career pages of specific companies you’d like to work at, and focus on job banks such as Monster or Workopolis, or InfoMine. Local or provincial mining associations might also have current job postings for the area. Some might require the creation of an account in order to see all of the postings, but in many cases this is free.

When applying online, use a neutral email address, such as firstname.lastname@mail.com, for example, and avoid anything that reflects your individuality or personality (e.g. pug_lover500@mail.com or vegan26@mail.com) as these are viewed as unprofessional.

When you have found a job posting that is of interest, apply online through one of the job banks or by sending your resume and cover letter in an attachment by email. A best practice is to send it as a PDF to maintain formatting and layout, and to be sure the recipient is able to open the attachment successfully. Avoid sending the same, generic resume and cover letter to multiple companies as this is much less effective.

Interview Etiquette

The goal of submitting a strong application is to get a job interview. Depending on the company, there might be more than one interview, with the first being a telephone pre-interview, or all interviews could be in-person, with the same people, or a different person or group from the company. Be prepared for the interview by reviewing the job posting in detail, as well as coming up with examples of how your skills and experience relate to the position. In preparation, do some research about the company as well and bring some questions to the interview to demonstrate your interest. 

You can find more information on interviews in the full newcomers guide here.