How I Got a Full-time Job in Canada

How I Got a Full-time Job in Canada

I have been very blessed and of course extremely lucky to have secured a full-time job 3 days before landing in Canada and to add a cherry on top, this job is the same job I have been doing for 8.5 years.

It was not easy. I tried applying for jobs even before entering the Express Entry hoping that a Canadian company will take notice of my resume and hopefully offer me a job which will boost up my points. It did not happen until 3 days before our flight.

Before entering the Express Entry, I prepared my resume, the same old resume that got me jobs not just in the Philippines but also in Singapore. At that time, I had great faith that this resume will outshine other applicants in a job I am applying for and will land me a job in Canada but it didn’t. What I usually get, if I’m lucky, is a reply from a job application stating, “We have considered your skills and we regret to inform you that we decided to pursue other candidates blah blah blah.” Seriously, I always stop reading after the “regret” word and wished that they didn’t reply at all, just so I have that tiny hope that they are going through my resume and they are just thinking how much salary to offer me. I was quite hopeful during those times.

My personal statistics is out of 10 applications, 1 will give me the “regret” reply, 9 of them will just ignore me. So after months of applying, a year in fact, I convinced myself that I won’t get a job unless I’m already in Canada, or so I thought.

Two months before landing in Canada, I reached out to a firm called JVS Toronto for their CanPrep program. Just a disclaimer, this is not in any way an advertisement for them, but they did help me a lot. This is a free service for soon-to-be migrants to help them get a job through a series of trainings and one on one meetings with a career coach. One thing that helped me a lot is the training in resume building. So yes, the secret, if you want to call it that, is your resume.

It turned out that my resume is not tailor-made for the Canadian job market even though it looked very good for the Asian market. You can check google on how to create one and I’ll be showing you an excerpt of my before and after resume.

I am in the IT industry doing software automated testing. Before, my resume looks like this:

How I Got a Full-time Job in Canada - Old Resume

Old Resume

After taking the online training and doing some research, it now looks like this:

How I Got a Full-time Job in Canada - New Resume

Updated Resume

What I did basically was to let the hiring manager know what I can offer in ten seconds by simplifying my resume. All my accomplishments, education and professional experience are just supporting details. I also put my Canada address and a Canadian mobile number. I used Spikko’s services for this one.

As soon as I did the changes,  my stats became 1 interview request per 20 applications. For me, it is not bad since I’ve spent almost 1 year of countless hours looking at job boards and more than 200 applications for possible jobs without getting any interview requests. Getting at least 5% chance securing an interview is already heart warming.

I’m not an expert in job hunting nor creating a sell-able resume, but based on my experience, the points below worked for me.

  • Tailor made your resume to the Canadian job market (if possible, per company and job description). Don’t lie about any of the content.
  • Look hard enough for job openings and you must be willing to spend at least an hour weekly to browse through different online job boards (if you have network in Canada, try to connect with them, most job openings are not posted online and can be applied through referrals)
  • Most importantly, pray. It makes the difference.




    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Bharti,

      It’s hard but not impossible. You can do it. Keep on applying. The tips in this post were the keys for me in getting interviews. Good luck to you.

  • Avatar Reply Rakesh |

    Once I get a Canada PR visa, can i stay in my country for 5-6 months and then emigrate to Canada? Is there a time frame, within which i have to fly to Canada after i get my PR Visa?

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Rakesh,

      Yes. Usually the visa expires a year after your medical. When you get your visa, it will contain the validity period. You just have to land before it expires. Congratulations and welcome to Canada in advance.


  • Avatar Reply Nithi |

    Could you please share some resume samples as per Canadian standards. Even links would be helpful to prepare.

  • Avatar Reply Ravi |


    I am interested in applying for Canada Express Entry immigration program.
    I checked, how much I score on CRS?, I got 358. This score is out of 400. As, rest 800 belongs to PNP(600) & Job Offer(200).

    I read it on Ontario Immigration website (http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/en/pnp/OI_PNP_EE_CAPITAL_WHO.html), one of the condition to apply for PNP Express Entry is:

    “Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score: A minimum of 400 points in the CRS of IRCC’s Express Entry system”!!

    Question: Given my case, with 358 CRS score, even if I go-ahead with Express Entry Application, but still I won’t be able to apply for Ontario PNP..correct?
    Other Provinces like, Alberta / British Colombia (where we have IT jobs), they too ask for Offer letter.

    Is it like without offer letter, I cannot get ITA?

    Ravi Ranjan

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Ravi,

      AS of the moment, I can see the score break down below:

      There are a total of 1,200 points available under the Comprehensive Ranking System. For candidates without an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, there are:

      a maximum of 500 points available for core human capital factors;
      a maximum of 100 points available for skill transferability factors;
      600 points available for either a provincial nomination; or
      up to 200 points available for a qualifying offer of arranged employment; and
      up to 30 points for Canadian study experience.

      It depends on what stream you are applying. If you have enough score ie 434+ (March 2017, minimum score is 434) then you will be given an ITA. If you want to migrate using the PNP stream, then you have to follow the requirements for the province that you are applying for and one of them is the minimum crs score and most of the time, offer letter.

      I suggest, improve on your scores first and or, apply for a job and get an offer and LMIA.


  • Avatar Reply payam |

    Hi Kulas,
    I am from Iran, I am in IT industry too and actually I am a software developer with more than 15 years experience and a good resume. I am severely looking for a job offer these days and applying on many opening jobs on career banks. Is it possible for you to help me to find a job offer?
    This is my LinkedIn address:

    Looking forward hearing from you soon.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Payam,

      From what I’m hearing, it’s hard to get work permit for IT professionals here but it’s not impossible. Keep applying. Usually, they want someone who is already here, lesser cost for them.

      I hope you get a job soon. Good luck.


  • Avatar Reply Sathya |

    Hello Kulas,

    I am done with my IELTS, and have decent score of 7.5. I will be getting married in the month of June and my fiance has also done with her IELTS and waiting for the score. I have a CRS score of 459 points. I had started the Express entry process with a consultant, but i feel that they are dragging it. So I am planning to apply directly asI need not pay any extra money too. I am just done with the WES process through the consultant. There are few things that I would like to know.
    1. Is applying directly online faster than going thru consultant?
    2. Is there any support that I can get through IRCC or the Express entry to guide me through the application or the whole Express entry process?
    3. I would also like to apply for the Jobs in Canada too. So, can I apply through the job bank before applying for the PR?
    4. What are the other job portals which can help me get a response from the companies by applying from India?

    I am eagerly waiting for your reply.

    Warm Regards

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Sathya,

      Thank you for your questions. Sorry, it took me a while to answer, I was very busy these past few days. I hope my answers can help you decide.

      1. Consultants do the same thing, only think of it that they are your middle man in applying. I don’t know the situation about your agency but like what I always tell my reader, all information is on the internet, you just have to invest time. One benefit though of having consultants is that they have done this before and they can guide you.

      2. They have high-level instructions and it is very helpful. There are a lot of blogs like mine doing the same thing, sharing their experiences and paying it forward so I think, you just have to research. Well, if you have a lot of money, the consultants can do this for you. 🙂

      3. Yes, because one requirement when creating an express online entry is having job bank account, so yes, you can apply from there. Getting a job is another story though 🙂

      4. Think of it this way. Job sites summarize all available jobs, but these companies more or less have their own job portals. I suggest you visit these companies and apply from there.

      I hope your application goes well.


  • Avatar Reply Ashish |

    Hi Kulas,

    Congratulations on your dream journey so far and hope it continues to get even better and happier for you in coming years!

    Would you agree that putting on a Canada /ON address on your resume was the most important change that turned the prospective employers’ interest in your favor?
    I am sure the cosmetic changes including the 10 second preview of what’s on offer did also help, but the assurance that the Canada address provided the resume-reviewer – the assurance that this is a serious candidate and will be available for in person interview, readily prepared to join office as soon as needed etc, – is that the main reason for their improved interest?

    Best regards,

  • Avatar Reply Gaurav Sharma |

    Hi Kulas,
    Iam an Indian resident and have submitted landing fees like 20 days back. Awaiting “request to submit Passports”.
    I want to basically need to know the following:
    1. How much time do I still have to wait to receive “request to submit passports”
    2. Do landing fees submission mean that my documents are processed and found OK?
    2. I currently do not have a canadian address, but my sister is a citizen of Canada. Can I use her address instead in my resumes?

    Please do advice.


    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Gaurav,

      Thank you for reading my blog. See my responses below.
      1. To be honest, no one knows but since you’ve been requested to pay the landing fees, it should be soon.
      2. You can say that.
      3. Yes you can. I used an AIRBnB address before so I guess you sister’s address is fine.


      • Avatar Reply Gaurav Sharma |

        Hi Kulas,
        hope you are doing fine. Just wanted to inform you that I finally received my COPR and passports stamped yesterday.

        The wait is finally over.

        Hope to see you sometime soon. thanks for the advice though.


  • Avatar Reply levy |

    Hi Sir,

    You said that after you changed your resume and provided Canadian address and phone number you have received invitations for interview. How will the interview proceed of you’re still in the Philippines? Will they hire you knowing you are not yet in Canada?

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Levy,

      I told them that Im landing in 2 weeks (which is true). I’m using a canadian number that redirects to my PH number. My second interview was skype so no problem there.


      • Avatar Reply levy |

        Thank you for the reply sir. Maybe It’s a good thing to start applying when you already have invitation to apply.

  • Avatar Reply Abhishek Sharma |

    Hi Kulas,
    Your posts and replies have been very informative.

    I have my own set of queries, my wife is the main applicant and we have already submitted our Passports to the embassy to receive the COPR document.
    1)When did you receive SIN ( Social Insurance Number) , as I read that without SIN you cannot work in Canada and that you have to receive it once you land there. You said you were offered a full time job 3 days before you landed there.. this sounds confusing to me as the employer must have asked for SIN number before the offer.
    2) Can my wife (being as main applicant) land there first and collect SIN for me as well ?
    As I want to keep continuing my current job in India so that we have a source of income in the family and as she gets a job there I’ll terminate mine and land in canada.

    Thanks in advance

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Abhishek,

      1. You need to get your SIN personally. I was honest with my employer that I am yet to land in Canada and I started work 2 weeks after landing so I have ample time to get my SIN.

      2. She cannot collect SIN for you as one of the requirements to get a SIN is for you to have finished your landing processes.

      Good luck and welcome to Canada in advance.


  • Avatar Reply Ganesh |

    Hi Kulas,

    Any idea if Finance professionals have scope. I am CMA with 8+ yrs iof experience.


  • Avatar Reply Mitchiko |

    Hi Kulas,

    Not sure if you remember me but I am an avid reader of your blog ever since my partner and I applied for the EE. Finally, we got our PR and we are intending to move in Canada on March 2018 ? I I am not in the midst of applying for jobs in Canada. I’ve been working for global tech companies in recruitment/marketing. I do have one question, as you started to apply for jobs outside of Canada, I’ve noticed that you’ve indicated a Canadian address in your CV? Did you put in the address of anyone you knew in Canada? and when you got the interviews did they ask you if you already are in Canada, provided that you had a Canadian address in your CV. Once again I appreciate your time replying to comments!

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hey Mitchiko,

      Thank you for your kind words and I do remember you.

      That’snews. Congratulations and welcome to Canada in advance.

      Actually, now is the perfect time for you to be looking for jobs here, well, actually 2 months before landing. The address that was in my resume was the address of the AirBNB room that we rented for 1.5 months. And when they asked me if I’m already in Canada, I tell them I will be landing in X (the date I am landing) weeks.

      Having a canadian number really helped me get interviews so that’s highly recommended as well.

      Good luck and God bless. 🙂


      • Avatar Reply Mitchiko |

        Hi Kulas,

        Thank you for your reply! I appreciate the help and hopefully everything goes as planned. Have a great week ?

  • Avatar Reply Alain |

    Hi Kulas, I just have one quick query. On your application and prior arriving in Canada, what is the medium of your interview? Was it done through Skype or that sort of platform?

    I am also an immigrant that is yet to land and I wanted to start applying if ever. Thank you.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Alain,

      I did mine through Skype. But be ready to have a local canadian number as well. All calls prior to interview was made through my canadian number.

      Good luck and welcome to Canada. 🙂


  • Avatar Reply Amir |

    Hi, Kulas,

    Thank you for sharing your experience and guidance. I applied for PR through EE and still waiting for a decision from IRCC.

    Recently I received two invitations from employers to apply to their job postings via jobbank. Do you think I should apply since I have not received PR yet? If yes, how should I move forward to convince them if I get a call for interview.

    Thanks in advance!

  • Avatar Reply Amit |

    Hi Kulas
    I have regular work experience of 2 years for which i have documentary proof. Apart from this i have been home tutor for 5 yrs which is self employed part time job.
    Will the 4yrs self employed exp counted when i apply
    Its impacting my score by 25 points.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Amit,

      I’m actually not sure. Also, your job has to be in the NOC for you to earn points. Do check it out.


  • Avatar Reply Jen |

    Hi Kulas! Glad to find your blog.

    My CRS points did not meet the minimum criteria. I am thinking to find a job offer directly from Manila or apply for PNP nomination.

    Do you have any advice? I am losing hope. 😦

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Jen,

      Don’t lose hope. There are a few options you can consider like PNP, Studying here, Work Permit etc. Or, get better results in IELTS, study french and get a masters or Phd.

      Believe that you’ll get what you want firstly and the rest will follow. 🙂


  • Avatar Reply Suchitra |

    Hey Kulas,
    I am too from the same background as yours. Automation tester with around 9 years of experience. I am planning to migrate to Canada. Do you suggest some course or certification to increase my prospects of getting a job when i land in Canada.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Suchitra,

      Certifications do help but more than that, it’s how you prepare your resume and for your interview.

      Good luck with your application.


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