This page contains very useful information mostly for the people who have just moved or are planning to move to Canada within two months and have some Software / IT experience. If I omit some special cases (outliers), for example people having greatest or worst luck, the following info will definitely work for most of the people.
The first step (this can even start several days before landing in Canada) is to prepare your resume, not just one, but at least two different versions based on your specific skill-sets. For example, if you have some development, testing and project management experience, prepare three versions of resumes, highlighting only one in each version. Mention about other two as well in each version but focus only one at a time. While preparing these, do some research here and learn about the kind of requirements, tools and keywords that are generally advertised. Learn about Agile / Scrum process which is highly desired in Canada and highlight the same in your resume. Once you have your resumes ready, register hereÂ andÂ here and upload your resume. Now the question arises which version of resume to upload first. The thumb rule is that you should target the one first which is in greater demand in the city you are planning to move. To check that, do some researchÂ here. Other than this, keep refining the resumes and applying directly on the job-listings that are matching with your skill-sets.
The second step is to take one local number of Canada which you can mention in your resume. There are several VOIP phone vendors online through which you can take a Canadian local number. A few vendors will even give you an option to select a Canadian city and you can choose your phone number’s first three digit based on the city you are planning to move to. Once you get a local number, mention the same in your resume. In case you get a call from any hiring consultants, you can inform them about your plan and request them to schedule an interview over the phone / Skype. One of my friends followed this path and he had one confirmed offer while sitting in his home country and another offer was in pipeline. Within a week after he landed in Canada, he received another offer which was in pipeline before. So he finally negotiated on the salary and joined second company. The best thing with the VOIP phone number is that you might be able to convert it as your permanent GSM number.
The third step is to start the process of getting your Class 7 GDL driver’s license. This too can be started while sitting in your home country. The first step of the driver’s license process is to pass a computer based test. You can download the booklet for preparation and some practice tests fromÂ here. Note this is for Alberta province only. For info about other provinces, you can search online.Â After reaching Canada, make sure that you have an address proof at the earliest, such as rental agreement, utility bill and mailed bank statement etc. This is a must-have document for all official purposes. Once you have address proof and photo ID such as passport / PR card, you can visit any nearby registry office and take computer based test. Prepare well because most of the people fail in the first attempt. For more info about driver’s license process and about tests, ask questions using the comments section below.
The fourth step, that can progress in parallel to your job search and your driver’s license process, is to complete other documentation processes such as SIN, Bank Accounts, Credit Card and Health Card. Also, start using your credit card immediately so that you start building your credit history, which is very important while applying for any mortgage and even for getting a few jobs. There are a few financial institutions who recruit people (even for software related jobs) with good credit history of at least 6 months or a year.
If you are coming with your family, your monthly expenses are going to be at least $3000.Â This amount will start leaking monthly as soon as you land in Canada and if your luck is not in your favor then very soon you would be down by at least $10 K to $15 K. So based on my learning your fifth step should be to search for a survival job immediately. There are a few companies such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot who give preference to new immigrants. By applying on their website, you and your spouse both should be able to easily get a part-time job (work hours of less than 30 hrs per week) as a cashier / sales person within 4 to 6 weeks. This process too can be started a week before moving to Canada and if you do so, you’ll be able to save some time. If you have any questions about this, please leave a question using the comments section below and I’ll get back to you.
So if you follow the steps as mentioned above, you should be able to get all your documentation and Class 7 GDL driver’s license ready within 2 weeks time. As soon as you get Class 7 GDL driver’s license, start taking driving classes immediately for getting your Class 5 GDL driver’s license. Without Class 5 GDL, you won’t be able to drive alone. The driving classes will prepare you for driving test required for Class 5 driver’s license. This process may take about 2 weeks more and as soon as you have your Class 5 driver’s license, you can buy your first car (used or new one based on your financial health). So by the time you are ready to get work, whether desired job or survival job, you’ll have a car to drive to your work place.
I’ll keep on adding some good info on this page, keep track of it. Good luck!!