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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)

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 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.

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.

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.

Temporary Work

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.

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)

Finding a Company that Hires Newcomers

Some programs and resources that can help you connect with potential employers include:

  • BC Job Connect
    provides a space for newcomers to showcase key competencies, demonstrate experience and secure meaningful employment.
  • MentorConnect
    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)
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
    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: