Labour Source Job Ready Tips – Getting Started

8 Job Search Tips to get you job ready today.

Are you looking for work? The Labour Source Job Ready Tips are ideal for newcomers to Canada, first time job hunters or anyone looking for work. Get Job Ready Today.

Job Search Tip #1 – Set Up an email address. 

Why do you need an email? Potential employers and employment agencies will communicate with you by email. Job postings, employee information, health and safety information, important information on jobs, how to get to work, shift start and end times, and more. It is easy and free to get an email address. Likely if you are reading this you may already have an email. If you have a friend or family member who is looking for work and does not have an email, help them set one up. 

Job Search Tip #2 – Pick a Professional Email User Name. 

Make sure you pick an appropriate email user name. Your first and last name or some combination of initials, middle, last name and numbers are great! Email user names that are funny, rude, or inappropriate should be avoided. For example, user names such as “mewo-mewo” or “I-love-horror” are not the best choices. 

Job Search Tip #3 – Get a reliable phone with voice mail. 

You need a reliable phone with voice mail. Make sure you give potential employers a phone number where you can easily be contacted. Your cell phone number is the best choice. The next best choice is a home phone number that you check daily and where a message can be left. If you need to use a friend’s number, this is ok too – we understand that phone plans are expensive.

Job Search Tip #4 – You need a valid SIN to work.

You need a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada. If you are eligible, you can get a SIN from Service Canada. In order to get hired and start working you must show your employer your SIN and photo id. Make sure you bring a copy of your SIN with you when you apply for work. You can use your SIN card, a letter from Service Canada with your SIN or another government issued document that has your SIN.

Job Search Tip #5 – Some people need a work permit to work in Canada.

If your Social Insurance Number (SIN) starts with the number “9” you will need a valid work permit to work in Canada. The work permit will inform employers that you are eligible to work in Canada for a specific length of time. You must bring a copy of your valid work permit when you apply for work. Make sure you apply to extend your work permit before it expires. It is your responsibility to renew your work permit. If your work permit is expired, you cannot be considered for work.

Job Search Tip #6 – Student work permits limit the number of hours worked each week.

If you have a student work permit you are permitted to work in Canada for a limited number of hours each week while you attend school. During school breaks you may be permitted to work full time hours. Your work permit will have an expiry date. You must have a valid work permit to work. Make sure you apply to extend your work permit before it expires. It is your responsibility to renew your work permit. You must bring a copy of your valid work permit when you apply for work. If your work permit is expired, you cannot be considered for work.

Job Search Tip #7 – You need photo identification to work.

If you get hired, you will need to provide your new employer with photo identification (ID). You can use your driver’s license, passport or other government issued photo ID. You must bring a copy of your photo ID when you apply for work. You will also need to bring your Social Insurance Number (SIN). If you require a work permit to work in Canada, then you must also bring your valid work permit.

Job Search Tip #8 – Set up a bank account and get access to direct deposit.

If you don’t have a bank account, you should get one! It is easy to set up a bank account. Most employers prefer to have employees sign up for automatic deposit. Some employers require it. With the direct deposit option, your money goes straight into your bank account. There is no need to pick up and deposit a cheque. This option saves time and paper too!

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