Alberta is a great place to work. Use our step-by-step guide to help you plan and prepare for finding a job.
When you understand your own skills and interests, you can match them to potential jobs. Start by looking for jobs that require the skills you have.
Research current job opportunities
The Government of Canada’s Job Bank has a list of current job opportunities in Alberta. Other places to find jobs include job banks and websites that advertise opportunities throughout Alberta.
Network and talk to people
Another way to find work is by networking. Talk to neighbours, friends, people in your community, family and others to find jobs that may not be advertised.
Register with employment agencies
Employment agencies can help you find the right job. Some agencies specialize in temporary work placements. Others focus on specific industries. It’s very important to find the right agency for your industry.
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.
Your resum should include the skills you have identified and highlight the specific ones that the employer needs. A cover letter should give an employer one or two compelling reasons to read your resum . It is typically a one-page document that summarizes your experience and explains why you are the best candidate for the job.
Get help with career planning
Career planning is the ongoing process of thinking about your life and work, based on your skills, interests and goals. If you need help planning your career, visit CAREERinsite.
Before you work in Alberta, you may need to get your educational and professional credentials assessed to make sure they meet Alberta’s standards.
It is important to prepare for a job interview to give yourself the best chance of getting the job.
Start by learning as much as you can about the job and company. Read the company’s website and search for articles about it online. This knowledge will help you demonstrate that you are serious about working there.
Bring any material you may need, such as educational assessment documents, professional certificates and written references from past jobs.
You may need to apply for several positions before you get a job offer. It’s important not to get discouraged if it takes longer than you expect.
Consider applying for jobs in a related area to help you build valuable experience. You may need to upgrade your education. In the meantime, you may want to consider finding a temporary job to earn money and volunteering to gain experience and build a network as soon as possible after arriving.
A temporary job may not fit your education or professional training. It can also seem like a step down from your former occupation. However, it can be an important part of the settlement process by helping you:
- build Canadian work experience
- improve your English language skills
- learn about Canadian workplace culture
- meet new people and build up your network of contacts
Consider starting your own business
Alberta is a great place to start a business. There’s a real entrepreneurial spirit in the province. In fact, Calgary, Alberta, had the highest number of self-employed people per capita in Canada in 2014. Many newcomers to Alberta end up running their own businesses.
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
- Alberta Learning Information Service: Resources to help you start and build a successful business
Need more help?
The Alberta Career Information Hotline provides information about completing application forms, preparing resum s and succeeding at interviews.
Toll-free: 1-800-661-3753 (elsewhere in Alberta or Canada)
Canada Job Bank
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Alberta Job Banks
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