Surefire ways of finding a job in Manitoba

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Take charge of your job search to succeed in a tough job market. Start with the following:

  1. Network

    Only 20% of the jobs are advertised and 80% are in the “hidden job market” in Canada. You need to build personal and professional relationships to see what’s inside the hidden job market. Start with family members and close friends. They can ask others within their networks for job opportunities for you. Another way is to grow your network by:

    • joining community activities
    • volunteering
    • joining professional associations
    • being active on LinkedIn.

    Be ready with your elevator pitch. It is a short introduction telling them who you are and what you do. For example:

    • “Hello, I’m ____. I’m a market specialist with more than 10 years of experience in franchise networks.”
    • “It’s nice to meet you! My name is ______. I’m a nurse who specializes in emergency room patients.”
    • You can add more details about your skills or say why you enjoy your work. For example “It’s a tough job, but I enjoy helping others/thinking on my feet/or watching people grow their business.”

    Go out there and make a positive impression on everyone you meet!

  2. Register with Settlement Service Providers

    Get help from topnotch career coaches and employment counsellors for free. Go to Manitoba Start, Success Skills Development, Opportunities for Employment and many others for help on resume creation to job matching. Talk to your Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement worker or Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS) to know more services in your area. They’ll be happy to help you with your settlement needs.

  3. The direct approach

    • Visit or call employers and ask if there are job openings.
    • Talk to store managers and ask if you can leave your resume.
    • Connect with professionals on LinkedIn and ask about job opportunities. Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is updated and polished.
    • Attend job fairs and apply to job openings. Bring your Canadian-style resume to the event. Read Maximizing your opportunities at a job fair for more tips.
  4. Informational interviews

    This is a way to gather information about a field or a job you’re interested in. It is effective because you get valuable information that is not available anywhere else.

    An informational interview is talking to a person who works in your field or in the company you’d like to work for. You ask to meet with them to answer career questions and ask for advice. By doing this, you gain confidence and build valuable contacts in the process. This will NOT get you a job but it will help you make good choices and gain job opportunities in the future. Read What is an informational interview and how can it help you? to know more.

  5. Strengthen your social media presence

    Share news and resources on Twitter, follow CEOs and leaders, and ask career related questions. Follow companies on Twitter to know job openings. Write a blog or make a vlog on YouTube to build your credibility. Make good content and have a polished online persona. This will help you attract followers, subscribers as well as recruiters and job offers.

Article updated October 14, 2020.

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Community Resources

Look for possible jobs in Manitoba Start’s Job Postings.

Get to know Manitoba’s Top Employers.

Read 5 ways newcomers can start building a professional network for more tips.

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