Jobs in Canada
Back in April 2016 when I first entered the Express Entry pool, a positive Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) still got you an amazing 500 points! It was the equivalent of winning the lotto and by my past experience just as hard. Finding jobs in Canada has been the biggest hurdle that I have not managed to cross. In the recent months, the 500 points got reduced to 50, which I feel is fair in hindsight after lots of research. Even homegrown Canadians struggle to find jobs! Atleast the government is open with their statistics, but lagging behind in updating it.
According to the Express Entry Report 2015 year end report cooks and food service supervisors made up 16% of Express Entry invited applicants, for Temporary Federal Workers (TFW) the numbers are even higher, last I saw it was something close to 50% of LMIAs awarded to the food industry, i.e. servers, cooks and supervisors that got jobs in Canada.
Expres Entry was created to allow high skilled individuals to immigrate to Canada and better the economy. Part of registering your application is setting up a Job Bank profile, which I thought was brilliant as it is supposedly targeted to your NOC and was for companies that are willing to hire people from abroad.
But in practice this portal failed me, I have received the grand total of 1 matching job(s), and not even to my NOC. What was it? A position of cook at Tim Hortons.
So, just as I did to look for jobs in Germany, I turned to the job portals and registered and started sending off applications. I updated my LinkedIn profile to show that I am willing and eager to work in Canada. I setup Indeed.ca, Monster.ca, Glassdoor and a host of other job alerts to notify me as soon as suitable positions were posted. I contacted big recruitments companies (Hays and the like) to help me in my quest, just as I did for Germany.
For Germany, I applied to roughly:
- 50 positions
- 12 companies were interested
- 4 interviews (1 through a recruitment agency)
- 2 work contracts (oh the choices!)
- 60 positions till date
- 5 “Sorry we found another candidate” emails
- 0 interviews
- 0 interested emails via any job website
Why the stark contrast between the two 1st world countries? Was it because my resume was not up to Canadian Standards? Did I mess up in my cover letter? Do I not have the technical expertise? Is my education not up to standard? Wishfull thinking makes me think no, as in Europe my position is in high demand, I work in an area of global standards (finance), with international experience in global companies and fluent in more than 2 languages (unfortunately no French as of yet).
As in my costs post, just getting a foot in the door so far has been a costly exercise, with no light at the end of the tunnel yet. Making the big jump to another country without a prospect of a job there seems suicidal, when unemployment is on the rise. salaries are 20% less than in America and the housing crises is making it close to impossible to live “close” to city that has enough jobs.