- Looking at Different Industries and Careers
- How to Network ‘Virtually’ during COVID-19
- Virtual Job Fairs
- Volunteer while you Search for Jobs
- Temporary Work
- COVID-19 Provincial and Federal Financial Benefits
- Finding a Company that Hires Newcomers
The way you look for jobs has changed and moved to a ‘virtual’ world during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may need to expand the types of jobs you’re interested in, look at other careers, investigate alternative industries and learn to use virtual tools to find jobs.
- Job Hunting During COVID-19
Inventory your assets (skills, experience), research new opportunities, network (e.g. Linkedin, Twitter), tailor your resume, practice interviews with a friend over Zoom, Facetime (learn about the online platforms, be sure you’ve downloaded them and are familiar with them)
- 9 tips for searching for a job during COVID-19.
expand your search to different types of jobs, look at temporary/contract work, prepare for video interviews, be patient
Looking at Different Industries and Careers
- Industries That Are Trending During the COVID-19 Pandemic
highlights ten sectors that are actively hiring right now, including:
- essential retail (e.g. grocery stores, pharmacies)
- telecommunications (e.g. need for high speed residential Internet access to support working from home)
- healthcare (any component of health care or those jobs that support primary health care in hospital care, home care, long term care homes)
- manufacturing (e.g. providing personal protective equipment, transparent barriers in any public service setting or for workers in settings where distancing is not possible)
- The Complete Guide To Changing Careers During COVID-19 (With Tips From a Recruiter)
detailed career guide on changing careers: show how your abilities adapt to a new field and focus on skills more than just experiences because skills can be applied in so many different ways
- The Big Book of Job-hunting Hacks
How to Build A Résumé, Conquer the Interview, and Land your Dream Job
[available in the Library at 650.142 B59a]
In The Big Book of Job-Hunting Hacks, experienced job-hunting professionals offer detailed advice on every step of the job-hunting process. This book discusses the current economic state as a result of COVID-19, and offers hundreds of practical tips for those laid-off, fired, or new to enter the workplace.
- Jobs and career options during the coronavirus pandemic
highlights essential industries that are hiring (e.g. health care sector) and alternative entry points to employment (e.g. volunteer positions)
How to Network ‘Virtually’ during COVID-19
Networking is a vital step for job searching. It is important to have a network of professionals you can reach out to when you might need a reference for a job offer, advice on your career options, or insights on your job search strategy.
Virtual Job Fairs
A job fair is a great opportunity to network with potential employers, find out about job opportunities, improve your interview skills and gather information about organizations you may be interested in working for.
- How to Navigate Virtual Career and Hiring Fairs as a Job Seeker
good examples of how to prepare for virtual events so you present yourself at your best
- How to succeed in Virtual Job Fairs: Tips for job seekers
Good tips: check your equipment, develop tailored resume, dress for success
Volunteer while you Search for Jobs
Volunteering can be a great way to connect with others and keep up your skills. Look for volunteer duties that will support your future career goals – the volunteer position does not have to be directly related to your career goal, but it can still be relevant.
These jobs are usually short term. Temporary employment provides you with Canadian experience. Sometimes they can lead to permanent employment.
- Federal Internship for Newcomers Program
The Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program provides newcomers with valuable temporary Canadian work experience and training opportunities with federal government departments and agencies and municipal organizations.
- Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services ACSESS
A reputable source for finding temp agencies; you can select your location, and specify your interest
COVID-19 Provincial and Federal Financial Benefits
- Federal Government of Canada Benefits & Services
highlights benefits and service offered by the Federal Government of Canada including: Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) (support if you are sick or must self-isolate due to COVID-19), Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) (support for self-employed), Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) (support if you stop work to care for dependents)
- Province of British Columbia Benefits & Services
- BC Recovery Benefit
a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals
- Additional information on BC income supports, tax relief and direct funding:
COVID-19 support for individuals and families
- BC Recovery Benefit
Finding a Company that Hires Newcomers
Some programs and resources that can help you connect with potential employers include:
- Immigrant Employment Council of BC
helps businesses find skilled immigrants to fill vacancies.
- BC Job Connect
provides a space for newcomers to showcase key competencies, demonstrate experience and secure meaningful employment.
occupation-specific mentoring relationships with skilled immigrants and established professionals — program provides up to 12 hours of mentoring over a two month period and meetings take place virtually (online)
- ISS of BC – Immigrant Services Society
ISSofBC Employer Relations Specialists receive job leads from accredited employers and can match you with these employers.
See all their employment services
- MOSAIC Employment Services: Career & Job Fair
MOSAIC provides employment supports and programs for immigrants in BC
supports job seekers to explore different careers, build their skills for in-demand jobs, and achieve meaningful employment.
More books and resources are available at the Vancouver Public Library: