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In Demand Jobs for 2014

Across Canada, the demand for workers has grown over the past year, and is expected to continue to climb in 2014. This is especially true in Western Canada, with those provinces posting over 40% of the country’s job openings at the end of the past year. Employers trying to fill these positions are looking across the entire country for suitable workers.

The biggest growth was seen in the hospitality and skilled trades industries. Hospitality job postings grew by 46% year over year, while the trades were up 40%.

One out of every five job postings in Canada targets the skilled trades.

21,600 jobs were added in Canada in November alone this year, with Alberta leading the provinces with the most jobs openings.  For those looking for work, the job market is looking very strong in the coming years, especially in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Alberta has an unemployment rate of less than 5%, and under 4% for the oilfield area of Fort McMurray. There’s an extremely high demand for well-paying positions such as oil & gas supervisor, petroleum engineers and chemical workers.

The Canadian Business Top 10 Jobs by Demand predicts that the following jobs will continue to grow in the coming years, as the baby boomer generation retires, and the West continues to thrive. By 2020, these jobs are all projected to have more openings than there are people looking for work.

  1. Mining, oil & gas supervisor
  2. Pilot
  3. College Instructor
  4. Railway & transporation supervisor
  5. Power systems operator
  6. Health-care managers
  7. Education administrator
  8. Head nurse
  9. Railway conductor & brakemen/women
  10. Dental Hygienist

 

Source: Canadian Business Canada’s Best Jobs 2013

 

Canadian Resume Tips for Newcomers

If you have started looking for work in Canada and are new to the county, you will need to update your resume to fit with the trends and expectations here. There are some differences in North American resumes compared to other countries, and a wrong step may have you rejected for a job you could be well qualified for.

The first difference is that the most common term is ‘resume’, not CV. A CV is considered to be a longer, more in-depth profile of your entire work history. A resume focuses on relevant skills and experience only, and be one or two pages in length.

Don’t use a photo. This is the most obvious difference in resumes between Europe and elsewhere and Canadian resumes. A photo, no matter how professional, is not considered necessary or appropriate in Canada. Exceptions apply, such as acting or modeling jobs, where your physical appearance does matter.

Write a cover letter. Cover letters are extremely common in North America, but are unheard of in some other parts of the world. A cover letter is used to explain why you would be a great fit for a particular job, and includes information not found in your resume that are relevant to a specific job description. Cover letters should be no more than one page, no exceptions – think concise and persuasive.  A new cover letter is needed for each application, because they are specific to a particular job.

Know your salary range. Do some research on typical salaries for your industry, job and location and choose a range that is realistic for your skills and experience. Giving an extremely low salary expectation will not help you become employed – this shows you are out of touch with reality and do not understand your industry.

Get someone else to review your resume. This is extremely important if your first language is not English. What may pass perfectly fine in casual conversation or writing will not be accepted by employers – resumes should be spelling and grammar-perfect.

Contact info. Make sure your name is the first thing seen on the resume, followed by your contact information. Include this on both resume pages (if there are two) and on the cover letter as well.

One final good idea is to look for job hunting resources in your area. There are many free employment and job resource centers available that will help you edit and optimize your resume as well as providing useful job hunting and interview advice.

7 Top Industries to Work in: 2013

These industries are the hottest in Canada, with a higher demand for workers and lower unemployment rates. Consider the following if you are looking to switch careers, or decide on a long term career path.

Accounting/Financial Management – Jobs are available for public and private companies, government and international markets.

Skilled Trades – There’s a high demand for skilled trades workers, especially in the Western Canada Oil & Gas sector, and jobs are starting to boom in Saskatchewan. Check hireGroundJobs.com for the latest postings. Continue reading 7 Top Industries to Work in: 2013

Most In-Demand Jobs in Canada for 2013

Jobs most in demand in Canada in 2013
According to the Canadian HR Reporter.

1. skilled trades workers
2. engineers
3. management/executive management
4. sales reps
5. technicians
6. drivers
7. accounting and finance staff
8. IT staff
9. teachers
10. labourers

Looks like the HireGround Job Board will stay busy in 2013! With a focus on technical, professional and skilled trades jobs there are plenty of openings listed for engineers, oil & gas field services, drivers and technicians. See the latest postings here.

Wanted: Skilled Trades Workers

skilled trades welderSkilled Trades are one of the professions that are most in-demand in Canada today, and as the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, there is a growing need for qualified trades workers. A recent Globe & Mail article mentions what steps the government may take in order to handle this shortage. The Globe states:

Canada faces a shortage of one million tradespeople by 2020, as many approach retirement. The average age of welders is 56, and many framers and finishers are also in their 50s. Read the full article here.

For that reason, now is a perfect time to choose a skilled trade education and career! Related professions like Engineering are also popular roles that are increasingly in demand. Check out our HireGround job board employers as companies in oil & gas, energy and construction are all posting skilled trades, engineering and other highly  in-demand jobs.