Job Hunting Tips For New Immigrants

Finding a job in the twenty-first century has become increasingly difficult, with unemployment rates rising globally. For new immigrants, the situation is even more dire, as they try to compete with the locals for the limited jobs available.

It’s common knowledge that many new immigrants start off by volunteering, or working menial or odd jobs to survive, as getting good jobs in their chosen profession often poses a challenge, for obvious reasons, particularly if they were educated and trained abroad.

Although the labour laws of most countries require employers to give locals priority when they recruit candidates, employers generally prefer candidates who were educated within the country, and who also gained work experience in the country.

This poses a huge challenge for new immigrants who, in many cases, become constrained either to return to school to get re-educated, or undertake additional studies to upgrade their foreign qualifications, all in an attempt to find jobs in their chosen discipline.

New immigrants may find the following tips helpful, in their pursuit for good jobs within their chosen profession.

Credential Evaluation

A credential evaluation is an assessment of your academic qualifications obtained abroad, comparing them to standards in your new country.

New immigrants, who were educated abroad, are advised to obtain credential evaluation from approved organizations, as employers and other relevant organizations may request for them before hiring new immigrants. So it’s in your best interest to obtain one as soon as possible, if you hope to find work in your profession.

Professional Certification (Licensure)

In most developed countries, some jobs are considered to be skilled, requiring specialized training and education. Professional practice in such disciplines are essentially regulated by the government or by professional organizations approved by the government.

As regulated professions, anyone looking to practice or find a job must first obtain the relevant certification or licensure from the respective professional organization. To ensure public safety and protection, this rule is applicable to all professionals in such regulated disciplines, including new immigrants and locals alike. Therefore new immigrants are advised to obtain the relevant certification for their profession as soon as possible, and this will significantly enhance their chances of getting their desired job.

Alternative Careers

Studies show that many new immigrants resort to alternative careers, if they’re unable to find jobs in their primary profession. Finding work in alternative professions is a sure-fire way to become integrated and settled quickly while pursuing certification or licensure for your primary profession. In such cases, alternative careers serve as valuable transit professions.

Although some professionals working temporarily in alternative careers eventually obtain licensure for their primary (regulated) profession and move on to find work therein, others remain in their new (alternative) careers, as they eventually find satisfaction and fulfilment therein.

Selecting Your Dream Job

The term “dream job” is relative, as it means different things to different people. Your perception of this term will depend on several factors, including but not limited to your expectations for remuneration, working conditions, and fringe benefits.

In reality, however, many new immigrants are unable to land their dream job immediately, and possibly for a long time in their new country, and the reasons are not far-fetched, as mentioned earlier. Hence it is common practice for new immigrants to make compromises, such as accepting a low-paying position initially, as a strategy to get into the system and to gain experience.

The Actual Job Search

With the above considerations out of the way, the next step is to conduct the job search.

There is no one method of conducting a job search that will provide better results than another. However, it is important to keep in mind that the job market today is different than it was even ten years ago and many employers refuse to see applicants until they have seen a resume first. At the same time, very few employers will accept resumes unless they have a job opening available.

The other problem is that employers are also no longer accepting resumes without knowing specifically what a job applicant is seeking. It makes it easier for the employer but more difficult for the job applicant who is seeking to work his or her way into the perfect job.

Where is the best place to start? Since many employers today are utilizing online resources this may be your best bet. With so many job posting sites, it’s a good idea to look at several job posting boards rather than just one or two. Although some may be more popular than others, they are not the only ones employers utilize.

You want to exercise all of your options and you can only do that if you take the time to look at all of the job boards that her available online. Never assume that all employers use what you perceive to be the most popular site. That is the same as thinking that all employment agencies will have the same job listings—a serious mistake in judgment.

Since only 20% of available jobs are posted in the local newspaper, does that mean you should not use that as a source? Of course you should not eliminate using your local newspaper advertisements but you should not limit yourself to that source. If you are a serious job seeker, you want to make use of any and all resources that are available.

The more potential resources you utilize, the better your chances are
of finding the job that is perfect for you. In addition, the more sources of job advertisements you search, the quicker you will be able to find a job. When you limit yourself to only a few resources you will not have access to everything that is available and will limit your search. The more resources available to you, the more options you open and the quicker you will be able to find the job most appealing to you.


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