point. click. immigrate. London & Middlesex County

Work Life

1. Local job market
The local job market has good opportunities in many sectors. The London-Middlesex Immigrant Employment Council, London Economic Development Corporation and Middlesex County Planning and Economic Development provide details about the regional labour market.

Internationally-trained and educated workers are in high demand, but you may need to upgrade your skills or education to qualify to practice in Ontario. The Access Centre for Regulated Employment and Global Experience Ontario can help you understand the process.

2. Get a Social Insurance Number
You need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada. This nine-digit number is also used to access various Canadian government programs and benefits.

3. Write a resume, Canadian-style
Canadian employers prefer a short resume that presents a clear summary of your key work experience, skills and education. Links to Work, Monster.ca and Workopolis can help you write a resume. Six London Public Library branches and the Middlesex County Library all offer resume help, free Internet access and photocopying.

4. Your first job
Your first job in Canada may be outside of your chosen field or below your qualifications. Many people need this first job to pay living expenses while they are upgrading English skills or re-training to meet Canadian standards.

Links to Work lists local agencies that can help with your job search. WIL Employment Connections helps newcomers assess their skills, learn practical job search strategies and adapt to the Canadian work environment. The Middlesex County Library's Employment Resource Centres provides similar services in Middlesex County. The Ontario government's guide to finding a job has excellent information about working in Ontario and things you can do from your home country to prepare.

5. Interview tips
Preparation can take the pressure out of job interviews. The Canadian job posting site Workopolis talks about what to expect in an interview. "Winning Interviews", a workshop conducted by WIL Employment Connections will help you practise and prepare.

You can also contact companies that offer the type of job you want to ask about current job postings and find out about what skills they are looking for. This is called an information interview. Even if a company is not hiring, they might know someone who is.