Finding a job
There are a number of organizations that can help you find work and build your career in Alberta:
- Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies offer services to newcomers, including help with finding a job.
- alis provides career, learning and employment information for Albertans.
- Alberta Supports Centres provide employment programs and services across Alberta. This includes job fairs, workshops, information sessions, and labour market information.
Learn about the job market in Alberta
Salaries in Alberta vary depending on the employer, hours worked and educational qualifications, as well as experience and responsibilities which the position requires. Alberta wages are among the highest in Canada.
Find out more about occupations in Alberta, including details about duties, working conditions and salary ranges, which will give you a better idea of what to expect in the workplace.
Research current job opportunities
Start by looking for jobs that require the skills you have.
The Government of Canada’s Job Bank has a list of current job opportunities in Alberta. Other places to find jobs include the Alberta Job Postings and websites that advertise opportunities throughout Alberta.
Network and talk to people
Another way to find work is by networking. This means talking to friends, neighbours or people in your community to find jobs that may not be advertised.
The following mentorship programs can connect you with someone working in your profession. They help you understand what you need to get a job and advance in your occupation.
- Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC)
- Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC)
Register with employment agencies
Employment agencies can also help you find the right job. Some agencies specialize in temporary work placements. Others focus on specific industries.
Employment agencies cannot charge you a fee for helping you find a job. This cost must be covered by the employer. The agency should also be licensed.
Create or improve your resumé and cover letter
Your resumé should include your skills and highlight specific ones that the employer needs. A cover letter should give an employer one or 2 main reasons to read your resumé. It is usually a one-page document that summarizes your experience and explains why you are the best candidate for the job.
Explore your options
You may need to apply for several positions before you get a job offer. Do not get discouraged if it takes longer than you expect.
Consider applying for jobs in a related area to help you build valuable experience or look into upgrading your education.
Volunteering can also help you build Canadian work experience, improve your skills and develop your professional and personal network.
Find a temporary job
A temporary job may not fit your education or professional training. However, it can help you:
- build Canadian work experience
- improve your English language skills
- learn about Canadian workplace culture
- meet new people and build up your networks of contacts
Consider starting your own business
Resources to help you start a successful business include:
- Business link: tools and resources to bring your business idea to life
- Alberta Small Business Resources: a directory of business resources for new and established entrepreneurs
- Self-employment: alis resources to help you start and build a successful business
The Alberta Supports Contact Centre provides information and referrals about career, education, and employment options in Alberta.
Toll free in Alberta: 1-877-644-9992
Hours of operation: 7:30 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday
Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies offer services to newcomers, including help with finding a job.
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Getting your credentials recognized
Educational and professional qualifications and standards differ from country to country. You may need to have your international credentials assessed to see how they compare with Alberta's standards.
Your educational credentials are certificates that show that you have completed high school or post-secondary education. The International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) will assess your international academic credentials and provide an assessment that indicates how your credentials compare to standards in Alberta.
An IQAS assessment can be used to support your application for employment, admission to select post-secondary institutions, and licensure with select professional regulatory organizations. As an agency designated by the Government of Canada, IQAS also completes Educational Credential Assessments (ECA) for immigration purposes.
Regulated occupations and trades
Regulated occupations and trades require recognition by professional regulatory organization or trade organization to ensure workers meet standards of practice.