How to find jobs in Canada as an international graduate

Finding companies that sponsor F1 visa international students is going to get harder in 2018. While nobody knows for sure what will happen with H-1B, employers don’t like risk and uncertainty. It’s already difficult for international students who want to work in the US after graduation.

A lot of international students studying in the US are now looking at working in Canada as an option. Finding jobs in Canada as an international graduate similar to the US; you still need a job offer from a Canadian company. But the visa process is smoother and less restricted. There is no lottery process for the H-1B. Instead, they have a point allocation system. In places like Vancouver, they’ve introduced a Global Skills Strategy that fast tracks visas, some in as little as two weeks, for highly skilled technology workers.

If Canada interest you here are a few resources to help you get started if you are thinking about moving to Canada.

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Elevator pitch for international students: Create your story

Employers want to learn about you. They are curious about your background and interests. Most American students learn how to give an elevator pitch during their studies. An elevator pitch is a short, professional introduction to use at career fairs and interviews. Job seekers share their elevator pitch to help employers get to know them.

But…

Elevator pitches suck

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Why don’t companies sponsor H-1B visas for international students?

It’s one of the first questions I get as an international student career coach: “Why don’t companies sponsor H-1B visas for international students?” Most students experience rejection from the start of their job search because┬áH-1B visa sponsor companies are difficult to find.

Here are the most common reasons why a company doesn’t offer H1-B visa sponsorship.

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