Online job boards are search engines designed to filter through job openings. They can be very useful to gather information about companies that are hiring, the roles they are seeking to fill, and the ideal attributes and qualifications of those who fill them.
Just like Google, job boards function by typing key words into a search bar and pressing the Enter key—or clicking the Search button—to populate a list of results containing the key words provided. Because very few job boards focus on refugees or newcomers exclusively, the number of applicants for each position may be considerable. This means the greater number of jobs you apply to, the greater the chances of obtaining an interview. Unlike applying for a job in person, where it’s easier for an employer to assess your personality, online applications carry the extra burden of having to stand out among potentially hundreds of people.
When faced with piles of resumes, it is quite probable that hiring managers won’t read or acknowledge every one they receive. This is why it’s important for newcomers to remain motivated as they search for work online, performing due diligence on promising companies to determine if they’re the right fit. If a newcomer identifies a posting of interest, one of their sponsors, or acquaintances fluent in English, may assist them by establishing a connection with the employer. For additional guidance, please refer to our articles on employment strategy and applying for a job.
A note of caution
Though it’s possible to get hired online, newcomers should be prepared for a frustrating process, especially if applying with a lack of Canadian work experience. It isn’t unheard of for newcomers or Canadian-born citizens to send out 50-100 applications without receiving a response. With this in mind, job postings tied to a newcomer’s line of work can be a research tool to learn about available opportunities and the employers behind them. When complemented with a full suite of strategies—networking, directly approaching employers of interest, enlisting the help of an employment service, attending job fairs and hiring events, and additional research, such as our articles about finding work in different professions—online job postings are a practical component of any job seeker’s journey.
Job boards with a newcomer focus
- New Canadian Jobs works with employers dedicated to welcoming new immigrants into the Canadian workforce. Candidates can use an intuitive dashboard to manage applications and upload their resumes for the benefit of potential employers.
- Newcomers Jobs was established in 2017 to facilitate the job search process for new immigrants in Canada based on their knowledge and expertise. Their blog, updated bi-weekly, contains a diverse array of advice geared toward newcomer employment.
- Newcomers Job Centre‘s mission is to improve the integration and job readiness of Canada’s immigrants by connecting them to local employers, recruiters, education providers, governments, immigration specialists, and settlement services.
- Newcomer Jobs Canada was founded on the notion that newcomers are key to overcoming Canadian skills shortages.
Job boards from employment services in the GTA
- Skills for Change runs programs that seek to respond to workplace trends and the shifting needs of internationally trained immigrants in Canada.
- Settlementatwork.org gathers knowledge about Ontario’s settlement sector. Their job postings are for anyone wishing to work with newcomers to the province.
- Job Skills is a nonprofit dedicated to the economic and social viability of Ontario communities by increasing labour market participation. Founded in 1988, they’ve established strong relationships with social service agencies, the business community, educational institutions, municipalities, and all levels of government.
- Based in Mississauga, The Centre for Education and Training delivers employment, settlement, and language services to empower people to reach their full potential.
- VPI Working Solutions has been matching jobs with skilled candidates for over 30 years. They run 17 locations across southern Ontario.
- Youth Employment Services develops programs for disadvantaged and vulnerable youth to become contributing members of society.
- Toronto Community Employment Services has been serving the employment and training needs of the Greater Toronto Area since 1978. They offer employment assistance, career counselling, job coaching workshops, and other services to find the right job for you.
- YWCA Toronto helps women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, and establish their voices through a range of programs centred on family, employment, and community support.
- The Career Foundation connects employers with job seekers through their 7 locations across Hamilton and the GTA. Their tailor their employment programs to meet the specific needs of communities they serve.
- ACCES Employment offers job postings only if you register with them. They connect over 30000 people per year with meaningful work opportunities.
- JVS Toronto doesn’t maintain their own job board, but their post on job boards is meticulously researched and a complement to the information shared here.
Broad-based job boards
- Indeed is the world’s most visited job board with 10 unfilled positions added to their database every second. Users can also upload their resumes for hiring employers.
- Monster is unique among competitors for their technological tools that nudge applicants in the right direction. Among them are job postings by video, where managers address potential employees directly, and the Job Fit Scoring tool, which helps you narrow down the jobs you’re best qualified for.
- Workopolis has been serving the needs of Canadian job seekers since 1999. Their career blog covers subjects crucial to both applying for jobs and getting hired in Canada.
- The Government of Canada Job Bank lists available positions across the country with information curated to efficiently sort through them. For example, each posting is paired with a forecast, or outlook, that speaks to the given profession’s demand over the next few years. There’s also a handy checklist for refugees preparing to enter Canada’s job market.
- Jobs.ca is distinctive for offering 21 separate job boards divided by skills and career paths. These include retail, engineering, hospitality, and information technology.
- Beyond job listings, Glass Door‘s main selling point is its employer reviews. Accessible through registration, they offer honest opinions on management and working conditions to ensure you make the best decisions possible.
- Since it was bought by Microsoft in December, 2016, LinkedIn has become a go-to resource for job postings the world over. While you have to sign up for an account to access the job board, the quality and quantity of positions on offer more than make up for the effort.
- Apply to Education allows professionals in education to create personal profiles searchable by over 5500 schools in 49 countries. As of August, 2019, their job board has a strong Canadian presence with 600 or so positions available in schools across Ontario.
- Founded in 1995, Charity Village is a popular online resource for jobs, news, and e-learning in Canada’s nonprofit sector.
- Eluta gathers job postings directly from employers’ websites, many of which aren’t advertised on job boards at all. The service is exclusive to Canada’s Top 100 Employers, a yearly contest to determine the best workplaces in the country.
- Toronto Jobs was developed to connect local employers to skilled candidates throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Candidates can attend the companies’ proprietary career fairs to continue their search in person.
- LocalWork.ca is operated by Metroland Media Group Ltd and Black Press Media Group Ltd, two of Canada’s largest newspaper publishers. The job board features postings focused on local Canadian communities drawn from a network of over 200 newspapers.
- Wow Jobs is a sparsely designed job board that aggregates postings from other websites, including many of those mentioned in this list. It should not be your first choice when beginning your job search, but a thorough strategy should not ignore it.
- Work in Culture posts jobs in Canada’s arts and culture industries.
- Work Cabin lists jobs in Canada’s environmental, wildlife, and conservation industries.
- Neuvoo is another aggregator site with the ability to calculate and deduct taxes from salaries mentioned in their posts.
- JobGurus‘ layout is very similar to Indeed’s, except for being ad-free, which leads to a refreshingly decluttered user experience.
- Ontario Public Service lists jobs for those interested in working for the Government of Ontario.
- Landscape.jobs focuses on Canadian jobs in the landscaping and horticulture industry.
- Jobillico complements its job board by letting users create free accounts, fill out profiles, and have the company contact relevant employers on their behalf.
- Magnet uses intelligent skills-matching technology to connect job seekers to meaningful employment opportunities.
Facebook groups in the GTA
Facebook groups are online locations for like-minded individuals to meet and share their thoughts. Those centred on newcomers are good sources of leads for job opportunities.
- Helping Newcomers Work is our very own Facebook group. We regularly post about upcoming hiring events, job fairs, training programs, human interest stories, and the occasional specific job posting, all of them curated with the needs of Canadian refugees and other newcomers in mind.
- Over 3000 strong, Hand👐to👐Hand Supporting Newcomers Canada is a forum for newcomers and their sponsors to connect over questions on housing, jobs, refugee applications, and other ways to integrate newcomers into Canadian society. Their YouTube channel discusses employment-related information of interest to anyone immigrating to Canada.
- Mes Amis Canada is a civil society organization (CSO) aiming to help new Canadians in the areas of education, social integration, employment, and overall assimilation through awareness and empathy. Referred to as the “third sector”—alongside the public (government) and private sectors—CSOs are organizations with social mandates that operate in the pursuit of a public interest.
- GTA Refugee Assistance Hub came out of a need to help secure clothes, household goods, and other essential services for refugee families arriving in Toronto. All items and services posted are offered as donations.
- GTA and Beyond Refugee Sponsors Umbrella Group exists to connect private refugee sponsorship groups addressing the crisis in Syria. Groups and potential groups share a mix of pertinent news, events, and articles.
- Let’s Help Newcomers posts local insights to meet the settlement and employment needs of newcomers already in Canada. The group is managed by Experli, a website committed to answering pressing newcomer question about banking, housing, immigration, transportation, and more.
Websites with job fairs and hiring events in the GTA
Job fairs and hiring events gather large numbers of potential employees and hiring companies into one space. During job fairs, companies tend to focus on making connections and exchanging information with interested individuals. During hiring events, companies are more open to reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates on the spot.
- Eventbrite is a platform where anyone can create, share, and attend events. You can find everything from music festivals, to fundraisers, to marathons, but also a fair selection of hiring events and employment training programs. Search with your city of residence in the ‘in’ field and the terms ‘refugees’ or ‘newcomers’ in the ‘looking for’ field.
- Peter’s New Jobs tracks Toronto job fairs, workshops, and career and business events. Their approach involves researching thousands of organizational career pages, locating the newest postings, and vetting each one before it appears on the site.
- The City of Toronto Employment Calendar lists government-hosted events that connect job seekers with hiring employers or with resources in support of their career paths.
A final note of encouragement
We here at Helping Newcomers Work wish you nothing but success in your job search. Remember that rejection is a normal part of the process, conquered by consistently sending out applications, and you’re well on your way to landing an interview and revitalizing your career in Canada.
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