lakshmi's story of finding a job in canada with no local experience

Lakshmi shares her story of growing up in a conservative Indian family and her experience looking for a job as a new immigrant in Canada. Her parents sacrificed to provide her with a solid educational foundation. She obtained her Bachelor of Computer Science degree, followed by her Masters. When she arrived in Canada, she was surprised how difficult it was to find a job in her field without local experience. Watch her full story below.

advice for immigrants arriving in canada

As Lakshmi discovered, finding a job in Canada when you have experience from another country can be an uphill battle. However, there are ways to talk about your experience that draw attention to all the qualities you possess that make you perfect for the job.

  • Perfect your resume. Have a local friend proofread it and ensure it's formatted in the local style. Consult with a professional (like us!) if you need to. Your resume is your ticket into local the job market, so it's essential to get it right!
  • Focus on skills over experience. If an employer wants to talk about your experience in a job interview, focus on the skills you've gained and how they can be applied in the future, rather than focusing on the details of roles you've held in the past.
  • Find a recruiter to help with your job search. You don't have to tackle your job search alone! a recruiter who's on your side can be an invaluable resource and support you with the tools and access you need to find a great job.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile. Your LinkedIn profile is often the first way a hiring manager is introduced to your work history. Make sure it's conveying the right impression and highlights your skills. Also don't forget to include a nice photo of yourself!
  • Get your credentials assessed. In some professions it's helpful to have your education assessed to determine what the Canadian equivalent is. You can include this on your resume to give employers a frame of reference for qualifications they're not familiar with.

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