Settling into a new home in a new country can be filled with exciting challenges, like finding that first job in Canada. Many newcomers grapple with understanding the Canadian corporate culture. They are also faced with finding an adequate support system, managing the differences in education and credentials, and also the ask of Canadian experience.

Here are 5 ways to start out with your best foot forward

1. Canadian Experience

Internships and workplace co-op placement programs can help you gain valuable Canadian work experience, showcase your qualifications and international work experience, and help you acquire new skills and contacts.

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2. Build The Bridge

There are over 30 career bridging programs for internationally trained professionals, that can help you get your Canadian license or certificate in your profession or trade.

3. Job Fairs

Attending job fairs can give you access to a number of hiring companies. There are several job fairs held year round in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Check our Events page for the most updated events.

4. Get A Mentor

Mentoring or coaching programs can help you meet people in your profession who offer job specific mentoring. Sign up with the Mentoring Partnership for mentors who can provide you with job insights and access to professional networks in your field of work.

5. Connect. Connect. Connect.

Seize every opportunity to build your professional and social network. Success in your job search can depend on the number of people you know. Professional Immigrant Networks (PINS) are organized, volunteer-run member-based associations created by and for immigrant professionals, for networking opportunities. Visit

Living in a new country is challenging. Believe in yourself. Believe that you have what it takes to succeed. This positive outlook with help you come across as confident and dependable. Everyone wants to work with a winner.

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