In addition to visiting employment websites, there are other things you can do while looking for engineering jobs in Canada. Two of the best ways to do this are through networking and volunteering.
Developing professional relationships, or networking, is a highly effective way to learn about your field and advance your career. By introducing yourself to other engineers and professionals and speaking with them about your work and career plans, you can open up unexpected possibilities and opportunities for employment. People may offer you key advice about their own experiences or even connect you with a job opportunity they’ve heard about.
Some of the most effective places to network are at professional development events or through professional associations or technical societies, such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), or the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME), among others. You can also check out the websites of provincial/territorial engineering regulators for information on upcoming professional events.
For valuable tips on networking, visit immigrantnetworks.ca.
Although it is unpaid, volunteering with organizations within the engineering profession is a good way to gain valuable work experience and build your network. Volunteering at schools, community centres, and places of worship is also a rewarding way to introduce yourself to Canadian culture and society, work on your speaking, reading, and writing skills, and contribute to your community.
For valuable information about volunteering in Canada visit Volunteer Bénévoles Canada.