Many employers look for Canadian work experience when reviewing resumes. Employers can't turn down your application just because you don't have Canadian work experience but it will help you if you do. As a newcomer, this may be your first time in Canada. If so, you won't have any Canadian work experience. However, there are ways to gain this type of experience before starting your career in Canada.


Volunteering is a great way to learn about the community. Volunteer work is unpaid, but you can get relevant work experience in your field.

These opportunities are sometimes known as internships for students or young employees.


An internship occurs when a schooling organization places a student into a work placement opportunity. The job may or may not pay the student, depending on the arrangement between the employer and the school.

These positions may also be open to young employees looking to learn a job skill or enter a new industry. Internships are a great way to earn Canadian work experience before you start your career.

Part-time work

Part-time work allows you to work a reduced work week. This gives you time to spend on other things like school or getting settled.

You can find part-time work through the Government of Canada's Job Bank or through local job opportunities.

Temporary work

Temporary work lets you fill in for an existing position for a short period of time. Taking a few of these jobs can give you different experience.

Try jobs in different fields if you aren't sure what you want to do. You can also take different jobs in the same field to learn from different people and companies. Temporary work is a good way to keep a flexible schedule while getting job experience.

You can also find temporary work through recruiting companies. You can find recruiting companies by searching online.


Gain experience by joining a mentorship program and learn from an experienced worker in your field.

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