Job Searching for Newcomers

Newcomers to Canada need to take several steps before entering  the workforce:

  • Obtaining a Social Insurance Number (SIN): In order to work in Canada, all temporary residents, permanent residents, and citizens must hold a SIN. The application process should be a priority for all newcomers before they begin their job search.
  • Language Evaluation: If English is not your first language, you might be eligible for language instruction programs. In Chatham-Kent, Adult Language and Learning provides language instruction, ESL classes, and pre-employment programs for newcomers.
  • Accreditation: Having your educational and professional credentials recognized in Canada will help you in your search for a job.

The Job Search

Many jobs are now advertised on online job boards, such as the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Community Job Board. Each job posting will contain information about the position and details of how to apply for the job.

Most job postings require you to submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and a resume summarizing your work history. Applications might be submitted online, by fax, through the mail or in person; be sure to check the job postings for instructions. Some jobs will ask that you fill out an online application form, which will require you to have access to a computer and the internet. Regardless of how you send in your application, always be sure that you submit your application before the deadline provided in the posting; most employers will not accept late applications.

If your application is successful, you will likely be invited to attend an interview. This will allow the employer to meet you in person and to ask questions about the information on your resume. The interview is also an opportunity for you to learn more about the position and your potential future employer.

Generally an employer will interview several candidates for one position. To help him or her decide who is the best candidate for the position, the employer will often ask candidates to provide the names and contact details of several individuals who can act as references. These individuals are generally former supervisors, teachers, colleagues, and community leaders who can vouch for your character and work ethic. 

If the employer is happy with your application, interview, and references, then he or she will extend a job offer to you. Generally this is when the employer discusses wages, benefits, and the job duties. Sometimes, depending on the position, it might be possible to negotiate the salary and the benefits with the employer. Once you have evaluated the conditions of the job, you can then accept or reject the offer.

Job Search Resources

The job search process can be long and frustrating, but there are many programs and organizations in Chatham-Kent that can help. You are not alone in your job hunt! 

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Employment Resource Centres offer career counseling, training, and job search assistance. Staff will help you update your résumé and cover letter, prepare you for interviews, and provide you with information about the local job market. You can also receive information about colleges, universities and apprenticeship opportunities, which can help you develop a better skill set and résumé. Best of all, the services are free.

  • Wallaceburg Employment Resource Centre
    786 Dufferin Ave. 2nd Floor
    Wallaceburg, ON N8A 2V3
    Phone: 519.627.6986
    Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm
  • Chatham Employment Resource Centre
    240 King Street West
    Chatham, ON N7M 1E7
    Phone: 519.436.1123
    Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm

Other programs and organisations to help local job seekers include: