Are you new to Canada and interested in working in tourism? Whether you are experienced in the field, or looking to get into something new, the industry can offer you a number of great job and career opportunities. Here are a few tips to get your started.
Learn what you need to work legally in Canada
The Government of Canada and the Province of BC have created numerous resources to help you in your settlement and job search. The provincial website, WelcomeBC.ca, contains information on work permit and visa requirements, studying in BC, settlement services and job search information specifically for BC. The Working in Canada website contains a variety of useful information that can assist with career planning and decisions, current labour market information, educational requirements and employment outlooks across Canada.
Get to know tourism
Learn all about British Columbia and its tourism regions as well as the many career options in each sector. Of course, you'll want to experience BC firsthand by visiting attractions, resorts and events and by participating in the many activities that draw tourists here.
Practise your English
English is the common language in British Columbia for communicating in the workplace. Strengthening your fluency at speaking, reading and writing English is essential to getting started and moving up in the tourism industry. However, your ability to speak other languages is an asset, so don't forget to add this to your résumé. Contact the English Language Service for Adults (ELSA) for information about government-supported programs to help you build your language skills.
Prepare a Canadian résumé
While in some countries it's standard procedure to include your photograph, state your marital status or include hard copies of your educational degrees, this is not the case in Canada, and doing so can hinder your job search. Visit Résumé, Cover Letter and Interview Tips. There are also many free templates that can be found online for Canadian résumés and cover letters. Finally, many excellent settlement service providers across BC can assist you with preparing résumés and better understand the Canadian job-search and interview process.
Keep your expectations realistic
Although you may have acquired extensive experience or education in your homeland, you will likely start at a more entry-level position to acquire local experience and an understanding of the industry here. Once you start working and employers get to know you, there will be opportunity to advance to the level you are qualified for.
Taking courses and obtaining a certificate in your area of interest can help you get a job. Most entry-level positions do not require education, but in some cases specific industry certifications are needed and are considered some of the basic tools to start out. For example:
- Serving It Right: BC's mandatory self-study program for the responsible service of alcohol.
- FOODSAFE: Required for foodservice workers to learn about the dangers and prevention of food poisoning. This course is available online, by correspondence or in a classroom setting.
- WorldHost®: International recognized excellence training.
The go2 Tourism Training Directory also provides a searchable list of tourism-related training programs in BC.
Visit the Resources and Tips for Job Seekers for more general job search tips and our Job Board to get started looking for work.