How can I increase my chances of getting a job in Vancouver, BC?
July 1, 2014 12:57 PM Subscribe
As a U.S. citizen with no family ties to Canada, what proactive steps should I take to make myself more employable in Vancouver, BC?
posted by mrbeebz to Work & Money (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a commercial real estate professional living in Texas. I am a US citizen. I have 15 years' experience in my field and have taught real estate part-time at a community college for 9 years. I have a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's degree in Real Estate (yes, that's a thing). I have a real estate license in Texas but strictly speaking it isn't required for the kind of work I do since I'm salaried rather than commissioned. That's true for most of the positions I'm looking at. I am married, and my wife is an Engineering Ph.D. student who is wrapping up her dissertation.
In the last few years we have both fallen in love with Vancouver, BC. So, considering that life is short and you might as well live somewhere you love, for the last year or so I have been looking for jobs in Vancouver. I knew this would be an uphill climb due to the fact that I am not Canadian. I try to make clear in my applications that I am serious about relocating (to the point where my resume has both US and BC contact phone numbers). I rarely receive more than an acknowledgement e-mail.
I am currently applying for an open position with my company in Vancouver through our internal applicant process. Still, I am concerned that this will go as far as my other attempts, which is to say, nowhere. So I ask you, hive mind: how can I increase my chances of getting a job in Vancouver, BC?