How to Find a Job in Vancouver
Our main goal at Cornerstone is to help students succeed and support you with how to find a job in Vancouver.
It is no secret that Vancouver is an amazing place to live and work. We enjoy mountains, beaches, and a relaxed west-coast lifestyle.
You can take the bus to the mountains after work for some evening skiing or snowboarding. Or grab your yoga mat and head to a class.
And with so many growing industries and large international companies based in this city, it is easy to see why so many people want to make a life and start working in Vancouver.
Technology, business, travel and tourism, and the hospitality industries are the biggest employers in Vancouver.
Companies such as Hootsuite, EA Gamescorp, Lululemon and Fairmont Hotels are amongst the best employers to work for in Vancouver and they are all in the mainland area! They offer part-time and full-time jobs and it is common that they employ foreign workers.
Also, did you know that these international companies all originated in Canada?
Is it easy to get job in Vancouver?
Of course, this makes the job market quite competitive. Finding work in Vancouver is easy, but finding your dream career will take a little more work.
But don’t worry! Cornerstone has a personal mission to help our students find a great job here in Vancouver. So don’t be afraid to dream big!
Cornerstone doesn’t put students in work placements, but we are very successful at helping students develop independent skills for the real world.
Our Co-op Diplomas are a great place to start.
Our professional diplomas are taught by instructors who have years of experience in their field. This means they have great contacts and insight in to the professional world of business, hospitality, digital marketing, web and mobile app development.
There are many well-paid co-op jobs in Vancouver and our instructors know what makes a great employee. They know which skills students need to have and develop, so they teach with the purpose of helping you find a job in Canada.
It is a big advantage and your resume is sure to stand out.
If you want to know more about why a co-op diploma at an international career college is a great place to start, then check out this post.
CICCC staff will work with you to build your resume and cover letter writing skills, prepare you for interviews and advise you on the job market in Vancouver.
We are very proud of our student success stories. We have watched students grow in their journeys from international students to multilingual professionals, living exciting lives in Canada.
The best way to find a job in Vancouver
The job market is competitive, fast-paced and always growing. So, you must stand out from the crowd. But how to find a job in Vancouver?
1. Attitude is everything
It probably seems obvious, but a positive and open-minded approach will really help. Employers are looking for someone that they can trust, who is not afraid to jump in to some hard work and a person who is open to learning.
Companies know the difference between someone who ‘talks the talk’ and someone who can ‘walk the walk’
Be adaptable – this will become your superpower.
2. Create a strong resume and cover letter
It may not be common in your country to send a cover letter, but in Canada, it is necessary.
Create a supporting statement that describes in detail all of your skills and experience. Then make it specific to the job you want. Some people have 4 or 5 resumes and cover letters for different types of jobs!
Important! If you would like to learn how to prepare an award-winning resume, click here!
3. Know where to search a Job
What did people do to search for a job in Vancouver before Google?! Some of our favourite websites are:
Craigslist part-time jobs in Vancouver: https://vancouver.craigslist.org/part-time
Craigslist full-time jobs in Vancouver: https://vancouver.craigslist.org/full-time
Or, walk around the city with your resume in hand. Often, companies have an advertisement in the window. If you show interest in a job face-to-face, it creates a memorable connection right away.
Oh, and it’s a great way to show your English skills!
Finding part-time or full-time jobs in Vancouver has never been extremely difficult!
4. Create a LinkedIn profile
Include a professional picture. Include details about your skills and experience. Like an online resume – sell yourself! If you are looking for your first job, then explain the skills and experience that you have developed at Cornerstone.
Tell employers about the amazing skills you have to offer!
Linkedin jobs in Vancouver is getting more popular as many employers sharing a lot of job post on this platform.
5. Follow up, follow up, follow up
Research the name of a manager, or the person who is responsible for recruitment. Contact them directly.
It can help to send an e-mail to check they received your application. It will help the employer remember your name!
If you follow this advice, you are sure to be headed in the right direction. But these tips are just the start! We have so much more we want to share with you!
If you want to know the best way to find a job in Vancouver and following your career in Canada, then contact us!!