Working in Toronto - it hard to find work?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2011 11:24 AM Last Post By: krp329
Nov 28, 2011 1:13 PM
Working in Toronto - it hard to find work?Hi, I'm a 25 year old British guy, looking to do a working holiday in Toronto and then travel around Canada and the US next year. I can get the right visas, have been there for a week a few years ago and have friends of friends there so I'm not worried about settling in, orientation etc.
What I am worried about if finding a job. It's hard enough to find a job in London at the moment, and I wouldn't envy any Canadian coming over to the UK trying to find temporary employment. How hard is it to find work there? I'm not too picky, but I don't want to end up as a night cleaner. Ideally I'd like an office job (I have plenty of experience) but would be perfectly happy with bar work or retail (have a bit of experience of both).
How long should I expect to take to find a job? I really want to live an work in a different city, but I really don't want to spend two month unemployed in a city i don't really know.
Can anyone speak from experience? Or anyone from Toronto able to chip in with advice?
Nov 28, 2011 4:37 PM
1I had a British roommate this year who was in the same boat as you. She arrived in September 2010 and left a year later. She got temp work, though it was all really short-term like 1-2 week placements until February and then she got something more stable. The last company was willing to sponsor her visa to stay for another year. She was definitely getting above minimum wage, as she was an EA at a production company.
The unemployment here isn't at decade highs like it is in the UK and US, though it's not the best job market either. I think you'll be okay with a bit of perseverance. I've also heard there's construction and other manual labor work here, which is an option for you being a guy. Also, I see help wanted signs up in shops and restaurants around TO now, so things can't be too bad.
Nov 29, 2011 12:53 AM
Nov 29, 2011 5:53 AM
3I moved to Toronto from Australia in September and have only just found a 5 month contract through a temping agency. It was really tough to get work at the beginning - I was applying for everything (my background is admin and was even applying for bar work/waitress etc) There are jobs out there for people from overseas but I found, and have been told by agencies, that companies are less inclined to put people from overseas on because they don't know how long they will be here for, which is fair enough. You will find something, however it may not be in the field you would like.
Nov 29, 2011 11:19 AM
4Thanks for the help guys! Any more advice is greatly appreciated!
lmk_17 - Were you working you got your current contract - Obviously the aim would be get a decent temping contract, but I'd be perfectly happy working in a bar or a shop to start off with
uklady123 - are you speaking from experience? Is this something that a lot of traveller do?
I was wondering how much experience comes into it? I've got a university degree, 18 months experience in a "good" job (PR), a year's office temping before that, about 2 months bar work from university, and about a year's retail from my gap year? Is that comparable to what most people have?
Nov 29, 2011 11:34 AM
5Is that comparable to what most people have?
Your work experience sounds pretty typical for a 25 year-old with an undergraduate degree. I'd sign up to all the different temp agencies, don't rely on just one, hand resumes out and head to hostels to check the bulletin boards. There's been several articles about Irish and other EU nations coming to Toronto to escape the high unemployment back home ... many of them, particularly the Irish found each other and contacts for work when first staying at the various youth hostels downtown and through their pubs and football clubs.
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