As a new immigrant to a new country, the job market can be a scary and overwhelming place. You may have realized that you lack professional connections within your new community, and an understanding of Canadian corporate culture might be an obstacle you are trying to overcome. Luckily, there are different ways that you can build a network and learn how to find meaningful employment as a new immigrant. 

Earlier this year, Randstad’s employee resource group for immigrants and refugees met up to discuss ways that people and organizations can come together to build a more inclusive, welcoming and safe workplaces for immigrants. In those discussions, the importance of having a strong network and community to help you get settled into a new place and job came up repeatedly. This article will dive into some of the key insights that emerged. Building a network from scratch isn’t easy. Our recruiters, many of whom are immigrants themselves, explain their best tips and insights to get started.

learn from other immigrants 

The best way to learn something is to learn from those who have already done it. Search within your community to see if there are other immigrants that you can connect with. They’ve already been through the same situation you are currently in, so they can be a significant aid in helping to guide you. They know what it’s like to be a newcomer and understand the challenges you face. Try to find someone who came from the same country or region that you came from. This way, they’ll better know what to help you with and how the cultures differ from one another.

use linkedin to your advantage 

Creating a LinkedIn profile is a great and free way to help you network. With LinkedIn, you’re able to reach out to people in the field you work in within your new local community. If you’re moving into a new field, use LinkedIn to engage with others. This is the best way to learn what skills are required and the best way to enter the industry. These days having a LinkedIn profile is as necessary as your resume and cover letter. If you’re creating your profile, resume, and cover letter in a language that isn’t your native tongue, try to have someone proofread it for you who is a native speaker. Having help from someone will help make sure that you don’t have any spelling or grammatical issues and help to give you pointers on how to make it professional and ready for networking. 

social media is a great networking tool

LinkedIn is not the only place where you can improve your social media presence. You can also use other social media platforms to help build yourself a network of people within your industry. For example, use Facebook to join groups in your field. There are so many different Facebook groups that are tailored to various sectors and other job opportunities. Facebook is a great resource to help you connect with people who could eventually help you land a job. With Twitter, you can follow experts and professionals within your field. They tend to post about assisting tips, do’s and don’ts, and even recent job openings at their companies. Meetup is another great platform where you can connect with people to discuss specific topics, such as learning more about Canadian culture or practicing a language. Having a professional social media presence will help set you apart from others.

join webinars and networking meet-ups

There are now tons of webinars that are geared towards all different kinds of work situations. Whether you want to stay in the same industry or transition, there are webinars that teach you how to integrate yourself into a new job network. Check out LinkedIn for different webinars or networking events that you can join. You can check to see if they have different networking hours or get-togethers in your local community as well. See if your community center or public library has professional networking events. At these events, you’ll be able to gain valuable insights and great information from these people. 

work with a recruitment partner 

Randstad Canada has connections to help you get started. With Randstad’s services, there is no need for you to pay anything. It’s all completely free. Our recruiters work with you to find the perfect opportunity. Plus, Randstad Canada also offers resume and cover letter services to help you build your resume and cover letter and tips and tricks for your LinkedIn profile. Do not hesitate to book an appointment with a recruitment partner!

Coming into a new country with new values and a new job market can be a little stressful, but you can ease your tensions with the helpful advice above. Most importantly, make yourself visible. You are here and ready to start your new career. So put your best self out there. Don’t forget to make an effort and of course, you should ask lots of questions. Being curious and finding answers to questions you may have is the first step in understanding how to create a new career network in a new country.

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