How to Get a Job in Canada from Nigeria? Do you think it’s possible to get a job offer in Canada from Nigeria? Ordinarily, I would have thought, neh, it’s impossible or say, tough, yet, a Nigerian had this to say. She said,
A Nigerian lady said,
“I got a job in Canada in Nigeria – that is when she was still in Nigeria.
The big question is, “is it possible to get a job in Canada from Nigeria?
Answer: The former and more is what we will answer as we see the Expectations vs. Reality of securing a job in Canada from Nigeria.
One of the mistakes you will always make is following and believing everything you see on the internet.
Facts about Getting as Job in Canada
Canadian employer prefers only those candidates who are sure to migrate to Canada. That is they need to have Canada PR OR applied for Canada express entry or PNP program. In these programs you can get a job offer before you get Canada PR and you are getting invited to migrate to Canada.
Ideally, this is how this should work out, but what if you are not in any of the categories? What if you are looking for an option to land a job offer in your country before relocation? If that’s you then this is for you.
People say a lot of things. At times just to be bad and other times to proof a vague point.
Perhaps you’ve heard someone say, you can never get a job in Canada. Now, see this.
If you try and get it = you did it anyways
If you don’t try it = you did it anyways (not doing something is inadvertently doing something)
I am saying this because a lot of people will tell you –
Unless your profession is a highly-in demand skilled job that some specific employer is looking to hire and was not able to find someone within Canada. Any employer willing to offer you a job has to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
The company willing to offer you a job has to prove the Government of Canada that they failed to find and hire a candidate with a similar skillset and experience within Canada, which as you might have rightly guessed, takes a very long time.
You might be able to get a few interviews before arriving in Canada but most employers will not consider your application if you are outside of the country.
Let’s be human. I had to highlight the above because there is no doubt that it can be valid. Nevertheless, you can’t generalize the vibe.
Here is my short job story with a foreign company.
I was in a foreign forum, the hosting company posted a job offer I had a skill on.
Normally, I would have neglected to apply because my other self would have said, there are millions of people in their country, so, and why should they forgo their citizens and choose you rather?
To cut the long story short, I applied, submitted my resume and was scheduled for an interview.
For those that might be wondering how the interview was conducted, it was through a zoom application.
To you now… cut the crab you hear and take charge of your affairs.
As a matter of fact, another Nigerian I know got a job interview with a Canadian company via Skype. Tell me, if she had to weigh her options with all the negativities we see on the internet, do you think she would have taken any step? I guess no.
That is just a little motivation to take charge of your life. #Hope you were motivated? Lol.
Confused with your Relocation Chances?
How To Get A Job In Canada From Nigeria Without Freakin‘ Out
“I’m still here in Nigeria but I have got a job in Canada as a Customer care Coordinator in Toronto, did job interview on Skype and I have been passed for Face to face chat with their CEO – Pecky.
How did she do it? You will soon see it.
How Pecky Got A Job Offer In Canada While In Nigeria
How did Pecky land a job while in Nigeria?
She positioned herself as someone who was in dire need of a Job in Canada, How? She was always on different Canadian websites playing around with their recruiter’s blog section. You should also see if you are super observant.
Upon the company receiving her application, because she was still in Nigeria, the company had to interview her through skype. Just as the rest is story, she got the job while still here in Nigeria.
The amazing thing about getting a job in Canada while still in Nigeria is that your relocation process is hastened. You can leave sooner than someone who has no job or migrating as an ordinary Permanent Resident.
However, note that not all cases are unique, you might need a work permit to go along if you succeed with landing a job.
The 3 Fundamental Ways To Get A Job Offer From Canada In Your Country
#1. Get your Permanent Resident
#2. Get a Canadian Work Permit
#3. Positioning yourself + Apply via Job Banks
#1. Get your Permanent Resident
Here Is How The Express Entry Program Process Works For Job Seekers:
Step 1. First you need to get info about Canada immigration programs, facilities, rules.
Step 2. Get the info about IELTS, study and give IELTS if you are from non-native English language country.
Step 3. Get your professional skills assessed from Canadian skills assessment bodies for migrants like you need to apply for CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System).
Step 4. Create Express Entry profile with job bank.
Step 5. Your profile gets ranked in Express Entry pool depend on your points.
Step 6. You can get a job from Canadian employer after you get an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canada.
Step 7. Submit Medical PCC and other Documents.
Step 8. Apply for Canada visa and migrate to Canada.
#2. Get a Canadian Work Permit
Here Is How The Canadian Work Permit Process Works For Job Seekers:
Step 1: Determine if you require a work permit to work in your desired job in Canada
Step 2: Determine if you are eligible to apply for a Canadian temporary work permit
Step 3: Determine if you will apply online or on paper
Step 4: Obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from your potential employer, if required
Step 5: Obtain a temporary job offer from your potential employer
Step 6: Gather All Required Documents and Forms
#3. Positioning yourself + Apply via Job Banks
Here Is How to Position Yourself + How the “Apply via Job Banks” Process Works For Job Seekers:
This involves having the necessary skill a Canadian company will be pleased to hire. That is, you have to present your skill in a way that you will be hirable. One of the best ways is being good at what you claim to know.
Another sure way is drafting a typical buzzing Canadian resume and Cover Letter. Let’s go on to see the steps.
Step 1. Have a skill the company will be happy to work with. I mean, be good in your field.
Step 2. Submit a typical Canadian Resume and Cover Letter.
Step 3. Get a LinkedIn account with your skills highlighted. Your blog or social media profile is an added advantage.
Step 4. Network with employers and companies on LinkedIn (after getting your LinkedIn account, resume and cover letter ready).
Step 5. Start Applying on Canadian Job Banks.
Step 6. Be ready for the nest step – interview in case you are called upon.
You can still relocate to Canada as a Nigerian without any of the above 3…You don’t need a Proof of FUNDS or an IELTS of 6+.
Now, don’t quote me wrong, here is how it works.
Youn can still relocate to Canada from Nigeria using Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot. With this method, no need of Proof of Funds.
It works as thus:
The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot are 5-year pilot programs that let qualified caregivers and their family members come to Canada with the goal of becoming permanent residents.
If you’ve been offered a job in Canada as a caregiver or have experience working in Canada as a caregiver, you may be able to apply for permanent residence through one of these pilots.
The application process will be different depending on your situation and how much qualifying work experience you have.
Qualifying work experience.
Qualifying work experience means you’ve worked full-time in Canada in 1 of these National Occupational Classification (NOC) jobs:
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While those are the top 4 ways, a bonus point is getting a job via PR Visit or as a student. That is, go to Canada to complete your education (get another bachelors, or a masters or a PhD or something) and it will increase your chances of staying, finding a job, working, and going through the immigration system exponentially.
14 Easiest Ways To Get A Job In Canada From Nigeria/Anywhere in the World
1. Meet Successful Immigrants and Get Their Firsthand Advice
One of the mistakes you will always make is following and believing everything you see on the internet until you’ve tried.
If I had to go with the internet noises then I wouldn’t have had my interview session to work with a foreign company. How does this relate to you?
A lot of aspirants or job seekers sound very concerned about the job market due to the humongous amount of negativity on the internet regarding Canadian job market for immigrants.
As per reports Toronto generated more tech jobs than the US cities in 2017. Toronto could not have done it if it relied solely on local population. Things are not so bad here as on writing this answer.
The rugged hack:
If you really want to become successful you have to heed the advice of those immigrants who were successful and ignore others. This is a life fact not just for immigration.
Ask for guidance on how to break into the industry and prioritize your network to professionals who are also immigrants. They will be more willing to help.
2. Study the Canadian job market
Study the job market. Seeking advice is just not enough. You have to assess how feasible it is for you, your skills and the present situations prevailing in Canada to get a job. One of such methods is by using a simple Linked account to search the appropriate job filters set.
#b, Go through the jobs posted in major cities of Canada via the job bank and get to know what the job description (JD) says. The employers mean if they say “an ideal candidate should possess ‘x’ skill”. (This is important t as you will need in your Resume | Cover Letter).
#c. Another best way to get a job is to check with your acquaintances if they have an open position in their team. But most of the new immigrants barely have any connections in Canada. So, do the job search the normal way – through LinkedIn, Indeed and other websites.
3. Prepare for the interview
There is absolutely no speech I don’t prepare for. What’s that?
You want to impress your potential employers if called upon for an interview.
It’s no joke because interviews may/are going to be tough, to the point and multiple rounds with each round having at least two interviewers.
If you’re in Nigeria, interviews will be done through phone, skype, zoom or similar medium.
For me, it was a round of discussion using a shared zoom app screen where I was face-to-face with them.
Also, there will be different rounds, behavioral and more either by the HR or the hiring manager. So, apart from technical skills, prepare for soft skills like how to handle a challenge, resolve a dispute in the team and so on.
Nevertheless, mine wasn’t intuitive per se. When you have what they need the other points are almost not too bent on. But prepare well for it cause it’s a different cup of tea for different people.
#4. Be ready to travel for the final face-to-face round.
In your unique case, the company might insist on at least one face-to-face round after all the remote interviews. So, be prepared to fly at the shortest notice.
#5. Dress Smart
When called upon, formal wear is highly recommended for interviews in Canada for both men and women.
You may get overwhelmed as you’re in nicely tucked in shirts and polished shoes but the interviewer is in shorts and t-shirts. That’s okay, once you join the company you too can wear the same but not for interviews.
#6. Timing Zone:
The Timing zone can really play an important rule here. When I was scheduled for a face mash interview, we had to choose a time zone that would be suitable for us.
For Canada, the best time to apply is Canadian time 9am to 2pm, Monday -Thursday.
7. Be Aware Of The Licensing Requirement.
Now if you are in a highly regulated field like in the health sector, you have to be aware of the licensing requirements before you relocate.
While is it good to be realistic in the sense that, you should not expect a Job overnight, on the other hand, knowing your coins will put you in front of others.
What to do? Be aware of the Licensing requirement in Canada as pertaining to your field – skill.
Professions such as teaching, physiotherapy, nursing, and social work, among others, usually require additional accreditation. This process can take up to six months which beckons why you need to do your research and plan ahead.
8. Be a Big Deal with SOFT SKILLS
Many at times, I have seen people with good “Resume” being denied the job they should have had. Why? Because they never possessed what is called Soft KILLS.
The challenge of securing jobs is understanding the Canadian culture! At interviews, employers are assessing more than your skills but also assessing if you are the right fit in terms of communication and interpersonal skills etc… These need to check off! – Soft Skills)
By definition, Soft skills are a combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, character or personality traits, attitudes, career attributes, social intelligence and emotional intelligence quotients.
Here is proof.
“Canadian experience” is basically soft skills and if you can exhibit that during your interview, you most likely get the job. It all boils down to research and more research – Aloha Kemi.
9. Be Good in Communication
How good do you need to be? As far as you can communicate to get the job at hand.
Communication skills are important in almost every job. You will likely need to communicate with people on the job, whether they are clients, customers, colleagues, employers, or vendors. You will also need to be able to speak clearly and politely with people in person, by phone, and in writing.
You will also likely need to be a good listener. Employers want employees who can not only communicate their ideas, but who also listen empathetically to others.
Other communication sub-skills you will need to secure a job in Canada.
- Listening – Listening is a particularly important skill in customer service jobs.
- Public speaking
- Verbal communication
- Visual communication
- Writing reports and proposals
- Writing skills
10. Critical Thinking
No matter the job, employers want candidates who can analyze situations and make informed decisions.
Again, whether you are working with data, teaching students, or fixing a home heating system, you need to be able to understand problems, think critically, and devise solutions. Skills related to critical thinking include creativity, flexibility, and curiosity.
Some of the best Critical thinking skills are as follows:
- Artistic aptitude
- Desire to learn
Soft Skills Source and more on theBalance.com
11. Possess the Basic Skills
…in Nigeria, you can easily hide your incompetence. Secretaries, office assistants, junior colleagues are there to help you cover your deficiencies. In Canada (or US or UK), it’s either you’re competent or you’re not…
Sorry, if you are a fan of Zlatan. How? He believes that “School Na Scam”.
In Canada, that scam is needed because you must show forth what you’ve got. I mean, you can’t just apply for a job in Canada when you cannot use simple stuffs like MS word, Excel, Google Sheets and the likes.
They may not teach all the above on the walls of the university, yet, a roadside computer school or business center will teach you how to use most of the basic skill tools.
To your advantage, you have YouTube.com to help out.
And just to add, you can use the skills to make extra income on freelance places like Fiverr, Freelancer, Design Hill and a lot more when you finally relocate.
13. Be a Gig, Guy in IT/Tech
Sorry, if you are not an IT guy. As ridiculous, maybe, as it may sound, these guys with IT/Tech skills get most of the jobs in Canada. If I want to put it in any way, I would say, those with Techie/IT skills get jobs faster.
L. Stephen said,
BTW if you are a “senior” tech pro (software/product engineering) your chances of getting jobs easily may increase significantly. I know guys invited by Spotify, Amazon for interview from here even without applying for EE. Please note the word “senior”, you’ve to be very good.
What if you’re not in IT? Be good as the IT guys in your field.
14. Possess A Strong Endorsement Gig
There is something called Social Proof (freelancers/bloggers understand it more)
Having a recommendation from your former employer will help boost your landing of a job in Canada.
So, however you want to do it, get a social proof or a reference letter from your former employer to fast track your job acquisition in Canada.
15. Create a Linkedin Account
Another way to quickly land a job is by being a user of LinkedIn. Unless this is your first time, you should know the power of LinkedIn in boosting a prospect’s profile for job.
What you want to do now? Go ahead and create a nice profile with your skill sets boldly stated out.
Why is this even important?
You might be surprised that some organizations would want your LinkedIn account to weigh you before accepting you into their organization as an employee. Pls note: some organizations.
15. Start Processing Your Accreditation
There is a possibility that your profession may require your foreign qualifications to be accredited in Canada. If yes, go ahead and get it done.
Note that professions such as teaching, physiotherapy, nursing, and social work, among others, usually require additional accreditation which might take up to 6 months. But don’t worry, the toughest part is starting…
16. Build a Bootstrapping Resume/CV
TAKE NOTHING AWAY FROM AN ATTRACTIVE, AUTHORITATIVE AND CONVINCING RESUME.
What can it do? Lands you the job swiftly.
Here is the thing about Canadian Resume,
You want to ensure you carefully KNOW the Type B Resume Format accepted in Canada before sending your resume to employers.
If you do it your own way, the result will not be farfetched. Why? Because a poorly written resume will NOT ONLY hinder you from making an impact, your search for a Canadian Job might get you frustrated – a long term vision of landing a job in Canada
Your resume is the all-important first impression, of course, you don’t want to fall short at this crucial first step when applying for jobs in Canada.
What Is Needed In Your Canadian Job Resume?
#1. Showcase Authority
By all means, you want to avoid using the first initials like, “I am technical”, “I worked at XYZ”, instead, apply wisdom and use authoritative short sentences like. “Increased sales/leads by 20%”.
#2. Concise and Elaborate Pages.
The more your years of experiences the more the pages. For instance, if you have 7+ years of experience, then 2-3 pages is acceptable.
I did say, concise, yes. You don’t want to waste valuable space by listing irrelevant stuffs. Hope you get the point? Good.
Do you know how to write an Accepted Canadian Resume? Here is it.
17. Apply At the Job Bank and Others
Another unpopular way to get a job offer in Canada from Nigeria is registering on different Job directories.
Have you ever heard of Jobbank.gc or Indeed.com?
Job Alert from Jobbank.gc, for instance, is a free email notification service that sends you job postings twice a day. This is a fast and easy job search tool that anyone can use. All you need is an email address!
From the notifications you get, their matching tool matches job openings to your job seeker profile. The good news is that Signing up with Job Match is free and only takes a few minutes. Learn more from here.
Also considering Indeed.com,
Indeed is the #1 job site in the world1 with over 250 million unique visitorsevery month.
The goal of Indeed is striving to put job seekers first, giving them free access to search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies.
18. Register on Google Job Search Engine
Apart from Jobbank.gc or Indeed.com, you can make use of Google Job Search Engine to get the latest jobs in Canada.
Apart from Jobbank.gc or Indeed.com, you can make use of Google Job Search Engine to get the latest jobs in Canada.
What do you need to do here? Just subscribe to alerts and get the notifications sent to your email address.
For example, there is a Job opening posted 7 days ago (as at the time of writing).
Toronto, ON, Canada
Job: Manager, Partner Training PMs – Canada
Job Description: Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world.
Job Type – Full Time
19. Join ISANS
The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia will help you if you need job offers in Canada. How?
ISANS recognizes the key role of immigrants in Canadian society by working with newcomers to help them build a future in Canada.
ISANS provides a wide range of services to immigrants, from refugee resettlement to professional programs, from family counselling to English in the Workplace.
So, ISANS will help you prepare for the job, give you materials and info needed free.
20. Start an Online Business
#a. Still haven’t found a job offer in Canada? See below.
#b. You don’t need to find any job in Canada if you don’t want to upon your relocation.
Before you misinterpret me, let’s say, maybe you need a part time job/haven’t found a job offer yet, you can start an online business.
The good thing about online business is that, when you’ve grabbed the skills you can apply it anywhere in the world.
What Online Business would I recommend?
Ecommerce | Blogging | Affiliate Marketing
One of the top online business guys in Canada is a Blogger + Affiliate Marketer. That is John Chow.
He makes thousands of dollars monthly from his blog. So, your reach is not limited to what you can do.
Where do you start?
If you’ve got time, spend months on Google.com to learn. By recommendation you can check out below if they sound great.
If it is a blog you are going into, this can act as social proof.
You know what?
Your employer will be glad with the experiences you would have gained from running your personal blog. Here is why…
A nice guy named Tim Soulo had been an SEO blogger for some time now. Because he built authority/audience via his blog (over the years), he is NOW with a great SEO company called Ahrefs. That is the power of social proofs.
So, building a social proof of what you have done is one of the best ways to bypassing hashtags interviews by potential employers.
Want to build a small blog for your journey? If yes, see below.
I have been doing this for 3 years now, by my recommendation, a good place to build a reputable blog if you are a beginner is with Kinsta Company. Check them out when you have the time.
Or, if you want a cheaper company, go with Hostgator.com as I have also used them with no issues.
Where were we? How to land in Job in Canada from Nigeria. We have seen the top 20 ways, let’s go on.
21. Upgrade Your Skills or Education
I know what you think. I am too old to start all over.
Think you are too old to upgrade your skills? Just wait as I introduce Kimani to you. Who’s that?
Kimani Maruge. Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge (c. 1920 – August 14, 2009) holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest person to start primary school—he enrolled in the first grade on January 12, 2004, aged 84.
Motivated already? If yes, then the sweet spot is that it might be easier to find work if you get more training in your field of interest.
You can simply:
- Go back to school to upgrade your education.
- Complete a training program.
- Train in a new field.
- Take an online course of more.
22. Apply For Related Jobs
Maybe you’ve tried all the above or it takes time to get licensed, you may need to work in a job related to, but not in, your profession while you wait.
Working in a related job will give you an opportunity to:
- earn money while your credentials are being assessed
- use your knowledge and skills
- learn work-related language
- get Canadian work experience
- connect and network with other professionals
Consider working in a job that is not related to your profession if:
- you are interested in changing careers
- job opportunities in your profession are not available
- You need to find any kind of job immediately.
- your credentials are not equivalent to Canadian standards or it would take to much time, effort and money for you to meet the standards
Top 7 Find-Jobs-in-Canada Websites to Visit
Their mission is to help you get jobs whoever you are.
This is where to match links current job openings to your job seeker profile.
At Job Bank, you also increase your visibility to employers as they can see your profile and invite you to apply to their jobs. Signing up with Job Match is free and only takes a few minutes.
Workopolis was founded in 1999 and provides job services to Canadians in both French and English. For over 15 years, Workopolis has toiled to connect millions of Canadians with their dream job.
As a job seeker, you want to be confident in the fact that Workopolis is committed to ensuring you find a job that suits your skills.
Here you can easily search over 200,000 jobs in Canada and apply as suitable.
- Google Job
What Other Nigerians Are Saying About Finding Job In Canada
#A…several of these people earning fat salaries in Nigeria really don’t have any skills at all. So-called big boys/girls earning 800k without a good command of MS Excel or MS Word. People who have never put together a simple PowerPoint presentation…
#B……instead of addressing their fundamental flaws, people migrate and rush to enroll in school, thinking more certificates will help cover their deficiencies. Sadly, the west does not work like Nigeria. No one cares about your degrees if you lack basic skills required for the job.
If you acquire the right skills, you will thrive wherever you are, be it Kano or Calgary. Don’t come here with 15 years’ experience counting cash in a bank or chasing deposits upandan and think you have a skill. No sir, you don’t. Develop yourself – Kunle Fakiyesi
I did. I got a job in my area of expertise within 1 month. I also have 2 friends who also got jobs within their 1st months at managerial levels. – El Jefe
Securing an Assured Job in Canada
To get a job in Canada, you must make sure your Resume and Cover letters are ready as accepted in Canada.
For instance, why should you care about the presentation of your cover letter? Here is it
As much as I know, Cover letter is like a guy trying to woo a lady. What does that mean?
Your cover letter is like a handshake—it’s how you introduce yourself to employers when you apply for a job. Like a good handshake, you want your cover letter to be sharp, concise, and make a great first impression so as to woo your employers.
Let’s talk about the interview session.
I know this might be held using Skype, nonetheless, we have been told for years that exhibiting good posture and maintaining eye contact during an interview will exude confidence and generate a favorable impression.
Here is one of the things you need to score high in your interview – Total honesty.
It might not sound enticing but the truth is, if you can back up what you say using facts or analysis then you can be sure to secure an assured job in Canada.
Lest I forget. The Free presentations.
Final Notes on Landing a Canadian Job
The points highlighted above are not just valid for those seeking how to get a job in Canada from Nigeria, it spans across all countries as related. So, if applied as stated, then the results is bound to come true.
I wanted to keep this till the end, and it is,
In Canada, they respect you individually so the need for Canadian work experience in line with your professional line.
I like being realistic so I would say,
Canadians have already done enough by embracing different cultures mostly Nigerians as the highest in Africa. So when coming, what you want to do is getting further education or starting with small-time jobs until you are well steeled for the real Canadian experience to work in big-time jobs.
Over to you
What is your special hack to landing a job in Canada?
I hope this adds value to you. If yes, thanks for sharing the article.