Finding a job in can be difficult in any country, but it can be even more challenging if you are an international student. However, by following the best job-searching tips, you can position yourself for successful employment opportunities. For starters, you want to ensure that you fully understand Canada’s specific work regulations. It is important to note that you must apply for a Social Insurance Number. With a Social Insurance Number, you can work a certain number of hours depending on your visa status. International students studying in Canada or online from abroad between November 15, 2022 and December 31, 2023 should inform themselves of temporary changes to off-campus work hour limits announced on October 7, 2022. You can receive a Post Graduate Work Permit for up to three years as an international student after receiving your degree, but the length of time you receive a Post Graduate Work Permit for will depend on how strictly you adhered to the criteria when you were a student. Visit the Post Graduate Work Permit Regulations for additional information.
Discover the Canadian job market as an international student and learn how to sell yourself to potential employers to secure a job during this informative webinar.
Now that you know what you legally require to obtain a job in Canada and how many hours you are eligible to work, it is time to begin your career planning. A successful job or internship search involves using a combination of strategies. Here are some tips for international students:
Explore the Labor Market: Studying the current labour market is an excellent strategy for career planning, in other words, learning about job trends, the skills employers are seeking, which industries are hiring, where jobs are located, and the areas of job growth or decline. Ultimately, researching labour market trends and positioning yourself to fill gaps in the labour market is a way for those who hold post-graduate work permits or permanent resident status to contribute to the Canadian economy.
Identify Your Skills: Knowing your strengths is essential for creating an effective cover letter and resume and filling out application forms. This could persuade potential employers that you are the ideal candidate. Your skills can come from prior employment, volunteer work, education, and even activities in your personal life. Make sure to tailor your skills based on each job you apply for.
Research International-Employee-Friendly Employers: Hiring international employees is an advantage for many organizations. Researching which companies have hired international students in the past will help you narrow down your options.
Choose a Resume Style That Fits You Best: Make sure to choose and create an appropriate resume style and write a powerful cover letter before applying. Choosing the right resume style will ensure that you highlight your most important attributes whether it be experience, education, and/or skills. Seek advice and feedback from the Career Services team on how to highlight your international experience in your Canadian resume.
Network: An essential part of job searching is networking. Building your professional network allows you to access the hidden job market – referring to the 80 percent of vacant positions that are not published openly. You have an advantage if you learn about opportunities through your network. Networking involves using a variety of personal and professional connections to gain information about the profession or industry you are looking to enter. These individuals might be classmates, professionals, senior alumni, or an employer of interest.
For this reason, it is essential to participate in job fairs, volunteer, make the most of your LinkedIn page, and maintain connections with current and former students. Making these connections can lead to you receiving referrals in the future. It may not come easy to some people to have these kinds of conversations; therefore, the more you practice and speak with people, the more comfortable you will become. Try to arrange informational interviews to help you prepare for formal interactions – and learn about the labour market and employers, and make connections – in the meantime!
Another key to networking and finding employment is using websites specifically geared to international students. Here are a few, and there are many more out there!
If you are an international student needing help with your career planning and job search, reach out to Career Services to request an appointment with one of our Career Advisors.
At Career Services, we recognize that international students face some unique challenges when it comes to finding work – whether it’s your first part-time job or your first professional job after graduation. For example,
In addition, you are no doubt so busy with your studies and student life that you might find it hard to find time to learn all these new skills. All of this uncertainty and newness can create a lot of anxiety for students! But remember – we are here to help with all of this, and that’s why Yorkville subscribed to a website called Devant!
Devant is a career planning platform for international students, designed by career professionals who were once international students themselves. The platform supplements the services offered by the Career Services team and the great thing about it is that you can access it 24/7. If you are not yet in Canada, this will really help you overcome the difficulties of being in a different time zone. Plus, even students who are in Canada often want to meet with a Career Advisor in the evenings or on weekends – because that’s the only time you have available – and our staff are not available to meet during these times.
The site features:
Of course, Career Services can support you in most of these areas as well. Some of the ways we can help you that are different from Devant include:
If you are a Yorkville University international student and you would like to register for Devant, Click here.
Snigdha Madhuri (she/her), Career Services Advisor, BC BBA, BBA Online, BBA Global
Hello, my name is Snigdha Madhuri. I am a Career Advisor at Yorkville University. My experience in the career development profession began in 2014. My purpose in life has always been to help people, more specifically clients/students in my work. Making an impact on job seekers’ lives motivates me to do my job every day. I pride myself on delivering high-quality client service, and nothing brings me more satisfaction than when my students land employment, which makes an enormous impact on their lives and families.
I am a Certified Résumé Strategist (CRS) from the Career Professionals of Canada and a Certified Career Development Practitioner candidate from BC Career Development Association. I hold a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, and have certificates and training in Personality Dimensions, Advanced Case Management, Career Development Ethics and Theories, Mental Health First Aid, Motivational Interviewing, Intercultural Communication, and FOIP. Outside of my work, I enjoy nature walks, watching movies, and spending time with son who turned 7 in 2022.
Akshay Arora (he/him), Career Services Advisor, BBA BC, BBA Global
Hello everyone, my name is Akshay Arora and I work as a Career Services Advisor at Yorkville University.
With over a year and a half of experience leading the Work Integrated Learning and Career Development department at a Canadian post-secondary institution, I have cultivated expertise in empowering students from diverse backgrounds to effectively navigate the job market. My focus has been on helping them identify and overcome employment barriers, develop essential skills, and secure positions within their chosen fields.
Guiding international students of various nationalities regarding the job search strategies, job applications; resume & cover letters, and interview skills through 1:1 sessions and workshops has been a rewarding journey. My vision is to empower international students to secure employment in the Canadian job market by supporting and remedying their fears by sharing coaching strategies.
In my personal life, I’m a passionate cricketer, a psychology enthusiast, and a lover of life-related literature, which further fuels my commitment to understanding the human psyche.
Together, we will guide you, the students of Yorkville University, through the realms of employment, cover letters, and interviews, all with the goal of empowerment and achievement.
Amanda Lecce (she/her), Employability Coach, Ontario BBA
Hello! My name is Amanda, and I am the Employability Coach at Yorkville University. My role is to support current undergraduate students and recent alumni with a range of career related services, including resume/cover letter preparations, navigating the Canadian labor market, researching job opportunities, preparing for interviews, and understanding employment rights and responsibilities.
With each student I support, I strive to adapt to their unique preferred learning style, increasing their self-confidence, and ultimately assisting them in finding employment related to their field of study. I am passionate about delivering exceptional client service and building and maintaining long lasting meaningful relationships with each student.
I am a committed community services professional with a background in Child & Youth from Seneca College. I have extensive experience as a career coach from my prior work in the non-profit and education management sectors. My areas of expertise include resume coaching, relationship building, workshop facilitation, and mock interviews. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing video games, and watching reality television!
Heather King-Andrews (she/her), Career Services Advisor, Yorkville University
Hello! My name is Heather, and I’m the Career Advisor for the New Brunswick campus of Yorkville University. My experience as a career practitioner began in 2019, spanning the post-secondary and non-profit sectors. My role consists of advising and helping students find work through a positive, strengths-based, and client-centered approach. My education includes an M. Ed. in Educational Counselling and a Career Development Practitioner Certificate. What motivates me most is supporting students in their career journeys, and I have coached hundreds of people with their resumes, cover letters, interview skills, self-esteem, confidence building, and securing meaningful employment!
I also have 14+ years’ research experience in psychiatry, public health, and medical sciences. My roles ranged from research analyst to program coordinator of a pan-Canadian cardiology research network. I have authored 4 scholarly publications and have presented at various conferences.
When I’m not at work, I am a certified RAD dance instructor in classical ballet, lyrical jazz and hip hop and have been teaching dance to children and youth for 14+ years on both sides of the country! I also enjoy hot yoga, traveling and musical theatre. Please feel free to reach out and connect, I would love to hear how I can help you in your career journey.
Alexandra Stancato (she/her), Career Services Advisor, Toronto Film School & Yorkville University
Hi there! My name is Alex, and I am a Career Advisor at Toronto Film School. It is my job to help students and alumni unlock their potential by providing them with the tools and education necessary to reach their career goals. Through a strength-based, solution-focused approach I assist students in career exploration, preparing for work, finding work, and managing their employment.
Throughout my professional history, I have successfully supported the career development of over 600 individuals. Prior to TFS, I worked with various populations such as adults, newcomers, and at-risk youth in 1:1 and group settings. In addition, I have led 140+ tech students through engaging Professional and Life Skills Development courses. I am passionate about education, and am currently working towards my Master of Education, Adult Education, with Yorkville University.
When I am not working or studying, I’m wandering around Toronto’s thrift stores with a cup of coffee in hand. I adore finding hidden gems to decorate my home with, or unique pieces to add to my wardrobe. In addition, I love spending time with my partner playing board games, or simply lounging at home with my black cat, Beau.
This includes a suite of job search support that provides you with the knowledge, tools, and connections to successfully showcase your skills and experiences in the Canadian job market.