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Mastering the art of the job search

(NC) Whether it’s your first job out of post-secondary or the next step up the corporate ladder, finding a new job is never easy. If you’ve recently arrived in Canada, the process can be even more daunting.

“Immigrating to a new country is a big decision and can be met with many challenges,” says Ivy Chiu, senior director of the newcomer segment at RBC. “If you have newly arrived in the country, your day-to-day life, as well as navigating the job market might be quite different from what you are familiar with. Understanding how it works in Canada will help set you on the path towards a fulfilling career.”

Here are a few tips to help you along with your job search:

Leverage social networks. There are many online platforms that are frequently updated for job seekers, and are available for free. LinkedIn is a popular example where professionals can network, learn more about different industries, search, and or apply for jobs. Having an up-to-date profile with relevant work experience, education and volunteer experience will be an asset when it comes time to applying on this social platform.

Find local resources. Look for free resources available in your neighbourhood. Organizations like can help you with your job search and so much more. Aside from just helping you search for jobs, community-based companies may also be able to offer skills training, language courses and resume help. Take advantage of networking opportunities at career fairs and networking events.

Make time to volunteer. While you settle in and get your job search underway, explore volunteer opportunities. While they may not lead to a full-time job, volunteering is a great way to expand your network and help you hone in on skills or develop your interests.

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