How to Find Top Jobs as an International Student
When you get accepted at a Canadian university, the next important step is to find a job. By working in Canada not only will you get the extra cash to cater for certain expenses such as your York University residence but it also gives you experience and exposure in the work environment. Finding a job as an international student can be tough. We’ll help you identify job opportunities and find a good local position that you can qualify for.
Ensure you are allowed to work in Canada
Before you begin to apply for jobs as an international student, make sure you are allowed to work in Canada. The details of whether you can take a part-time job or full-time job during the summer are in your student permit. The Canadian government gives certain conditions on working as a student so make sure you abide by them. You can speak to a professional like your student advisor in school to help you understand what your work permit says about working as an international student.
Get a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
If you want to work in Canada, you need a SIN that will enable you to access different Canadian programs and benefits for workers in the country. The SIN also allows you to be able to pay taxes. Apply on the relevant authorities online for your SIN before you start applying for jobs.
Have you already graduated?
Are you looking for a job in Canada after you’ve already finished your undergraduate program? In this case, you will need a post-graduate permit in order to work in Canada after your degree. Make sure you apply within 90 days after receiving your final marks or getting a formal letter of completing your studies. If you do not apply within this time, you risk losing your immigration status or study/work permit. You may be forced to leave the country and apply for a post-graduate work permit while away.
Do you plan to work in Canada in the long term?
Many international students living in York University housing facilities choose to live and work in Canada after completing their studies. If this is the case, you may want to consider applying for permanent residency early. Research widely regarding your immigration options so you know what steps to take after you graduate.
Apply for jobs online
As soon as your documents are in order, you can begin submitting applications for various jobs online. When looking at available positions, look at the deadline for submitting applications, salary, job description and other factors such as whether the institution is close to apartments near York University.
Attend job fair and connect with employers. These events can help you identify summer jobs at global institutions. Visit your student center and get help in reviewing your resume. Get involved in internship programs and work placements to gain experience and add an edge to your CV. Take advantage of every job opportunity you get to develop your skills and don’t forget to participate in extracurricular activities.