How to look for work in Canada: Top Job Sites

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Looking for a new job is stressful, and doubly so when you’re searching in a new country. Where to begin when everything is so unfamiliar, including the language? To help you through the process, we’ve gathered below tips on the best job sites to use, as well as the benefits of boosting your job search by partnering with a staffing firm like ours!

Top job search platforms in Canada

In Canada, employers rely most often on the following platforms to find candidates:

To ensure your search is as broad as possible, raise your visibility and, ultimately, find work faster, we recommend creating a profile and uploading a resume on multiple platforms. We’d also highly recommend registering with two or three staffing firms—it’s free to do so and always in your best interest since recruiters often have access to job postings that aren’t publicized.

To start, let’s take a closer look at each of the sites listed above.

Searching for jobs on LinkedIn

LinkedIn currently houses 675 million candidate profiles and 30 million company profiles across the globe. As one of the most widely used tools for employers and job seekers in Canada, it’s a good idea for job seekers to create a profile and/or upload a resume to the LinkedIn database (it’s FREE!).

Already have a profile in a language other than English? Start by translating it into English. The more detail you include in your profile, the better (stay tuned for tips on LinkedIn profile best practices). And remember to MATCH your profile to your resume – employers will look for this. Your timeline (where you worked and when) should be the same on LinkedIn as it is on your resume.

Five tips to enhance your job search on LinkedIn:

  1. Look at Company Profiles:  Find out more about companies you’re interested in by reading about their mission, values and recent news items / posts and browsing current jobs.
  2. Follow Companies:  This will keep you connected to any NEW posts and/or job opportunities. You’ll receive notifications and see posts appear in your newsfeed.  
  3. Connection Requests:  When applying for jobs, look up key contacts at the company and connect with them personally on LinkedIn.
  4. Create Job Alerts:  Receive automated alerts about new postings that match your job search preferences. Alerts can be sent daily or weekly through email, app notifications, or both. Learn more here.
  5. Salary Trends:  Get an idea of what you could earn for certain roles within Canada. Learn more here.

Searching for jobs on Indeed

Like LinkedIn, Indeed enables job seekers to create or upload a resume and create a profile for FREE. You have the option of sharing your profile publicly or privately – we recommend publicly (only select private if you are confidentially looking for work).

Five ways to use Indeed for your job search:

  1. Look at Company Profiles:  Indeed company profiles feature reviews from job seekers and employees, along with information about interview processes and answers to common questions.
  2. Follow Companies:  Follow a company to receive notifications about new job postings and reviews. 
  3. Create Job Alerts:  Set up alerts to receive new job postings that match your job search preferences. You can update the search terms and frequency of your alerts on the Email Settings page. Learn more here.
  4. Salary Trends:  Get an idea of what you could earn for certain roles within Canada. Learn more here.
  5. Message Board:  Indeed offers job seekers the ability to personally message an employer after applying for a job. Alternatively, employers may reach out to you, so keep an eye on your Inbox.

Searching for jobs on Job Bank

Job Bank is an employment website that is operated by Employment and Social Development Canada (a Government of Canada department). It’s a great resource when searching for roles within the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

In March 2022, Job Bank launched a new initiative called Jobs for Ukraine, designed to pair Ukrainians arriving in Canada with Canadian businesses that have posted jobs for Ukrainians. To indicate your interest in applying for roles on the site, click here. The page also offers a great guide on how to use Job Bank in both English and Ukrainian.

Searching for jobs on Monster

Monsteris a commonly used job board both in Canada and around the globe. You can search for jobs using keywords and/or by location, and then add additional filters to further target your search. For example, you can filter on remote (home-based) jobs only and/or those based in the office. Monster also offers job alerts, which will send new jobs automatically to your inbox.

In addition to searching for opportunities, the site offers resume support, career advice and salary tools (be mindful of resources that are free and those with a cost associated).

Searching for jobs on ZipRecruiter

ZipRecruiteris a commonly used job board for entry- to intermediate-level opportunities across North America. Use the “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” symbol on ZipRecruiter’s job suggestions to have the platform automatically begin showing you similar roles.

Like the other sites, ZipRecruiter offers job alerts, a message board and salary trends. The site also features “Phil,” a digital Recruiter (powered by AI Technology) to support job seekers. Phil helps job seekers make the best use of the site based on their search activities.

Searching for jobs on Glassdoor

Glassdoor is another of the world’s largest job sites. It gives job seekers access to a large database of job listings, as well as company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview questions and more. All the information about companies has been provided anonymously by current and past employees or candidates who have interviewed with the company. Note that you will need to create an account to access any of these features.

Partnering with a Staffing Firm

Let’s start by clarifying that there is NO FEE to register as a candidate with a staffing firm. In fact, it’s against the law to charge a candidate a fee for staffing or job placement services in Canada. The employer (staffing firm clients) pays for the staffing company’s services.

So, what’s the benefit? There are many, but here are the top THREE:

  1. Staffing agencies become your job search partner and support you through every step of your career – from your search to the interview stage and eventually to placement (and over again if you land a contract position).
  2. You have access to a team of dedicated Recruiters (the human kind, not like Phil, the digital recruiter from ZipRecruiter) advocating for you. Plus, you can simultaneously apply to as many postings as you like on the company’s job board.
  3. They’re in the job market every day talking with employers. They know what jobs are out there – and sometimes have access to exclusive roles that are not posted publicly.

Ready to get started? Register with our firm today! Once you create a profile, you can immediately start searching for and applying to our jobs HERE.

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