When you are looking for a new job, planning to change your career and explore opportunities in Canada, it is often a good idea to check out not a one job listing website, but many of them. Some companies prefer to publish new jobs only on their own corporate website, certain companies don’t even publish new job opening online at all, they look for new candidates within the company and by networking, but most new jobs got published somewhere online. For a person in a HR department it doesn’t make much sense to publish the job everywhere, it is enough to mention a new opportunity on a few job websites to receive a lot of resumes, so you, as a seeker, should consider a wide range of sources to find a nice position.
Sometimes it gets ridiculous, there might be a perfect well-payed job which suits you 100%, but you might never know about it only because you didn’t find it on time. Plus, networking plays a huge role in Canada and the U.S. when it comes to job searching, don’t forget that not all jobs are listed online and actually the majority of companies give first jobs to people within the company and spread a word about it among employees, so many jobs never even get published.
When you look at a job offer online, probably it is not the best job, or it is a very high demanding job, which requires a lot of experience. If you see a certain job offer often and a lot, like entry-level position in service sector (clerks in retail, etc.), you know what it means. Those jobs are always online because they are horrible, people are quitting and no one wants to work there.
Looking for a job in Canada is not an easy process, it takes years for some people to find a job they want and can do well, especially this is true for people without Canadian experience and references, but everyone has to start one way or another, and the place to start is to check online job listings.
Today MapleDude.Ca will share a list of the best Canadian job listing websites, free and payed, so you can maximize your opportunities.
- Indeed Canada. This is the first website many Canadians go to when they are looking for a job. Indeed is an old (15 years+) American job searching engine and in Canada it holds 1-st place in this business. It is simple, the majority of companies prefer to post their jobs there, but what many people forget is that this website is not perfect. Indeed offers a lot of jobs from all industries and it is great for people who want to find a job fast, any job. You have to look at when the job was published to send your resume quick, because on Indeed if you are late, a big chance you won’t be invited for an interview. Indeed can be #1 place to start your search, it is the 1-st step, but don’t stop here and don’t limit yourself with only one source.
- Corporate websites. Online job listings market transformed in the past 10+ years in a way that HR people tend to not trust in a random resume samples they receive in hundreds, they don’t even look at 90% resumes they have got. Instead big and medium companies set up their own job seeking infrastructure and work within it. Now, in 2019, the majority of big Canadian and American corporations just post their jobs on their websites. To apply for a job there you have to create a new profile on their website and provide a much detailed information about yourself, so each company makes the hiring process unique. Some of those openings got re-published on other job websites, but not all of them. So make sure you make a list of companies where you would like to work and look for job on their websites directly.
- Google for Jobs. New technologies make everything easier. Recently Google implemented a technology in its basic search engine which will show you jobs when you just google for it (for example you can try to search: “Marketing jobs near me”), Google will act as an aggregator. It is not perfect yet, but this system is developing and later we might not even need to use any specific jobs websites to see new openings, everything will be shown on Google. It is bad news for job websites owners as they lose the market, but Google can’t replace everything. Right?
- Glassdoor – is another American company which not only has new jobs listed, but it is also has a benefit of giving fare and real job reviews. There you can check out an employer to see how they treat their staff. Glassdoor is helpful when you are analyzing positions and companies in general, but it might not be the best place to find a new job. Glassdoor can help you to find jobs and companies where you don’t want to work, so you can cross those positions and companies out.
- Craigslist. Old and trusted classified advertisements website has a powerful job section which many people miss. It has an ancient engine which, however, works incredibly fast. It is very unlikely to find a great job there, but some old school small businesses prefer to post jobs there. If you are looking for something interesting, you want to get a job fast, if it is some kind of a physical labor, stop by good old craigslist as well and you might be surprised.
- LinkedIn. How can we talk about jobs without mentioning LinkedIn? This is a very different style service, a social media platform, which works in a way that no other job board does. 5 or 10 years ago it was very hot, it was the place to connect with people in your field for a carrier purposes. Now LinkedIn is not as important and good as it used to be, because more and more low-quality jobs, people and companies got involved, but it still works quite well if you know how to use it right. There are real people, they are really looking and seek connections, plus in many other places HR managers might check your LinkedIn profile (sometimes they check Facebook and even Twitter). So when you start another round of job hunting, make sure to have a nice LinkedIn account with some connections, experience and skills mentioned. Don’t close it for search and don’t afraid to post your real picture, actually the main reason companies check this website is to see the picture, because it is unethical to attach your photo on a resume in Canada. You should work on your LinkedIn profile even if you are employed right now and have a successful carrier, because no one knows how life going to turn out, at some point you might come back to job searching process again and then you might need to refresh all old connections.
- Eluta.Ca – is a Canadian fast and clean job searching engine, which you should look at as well. This company specializes in the Canadian market with its rating of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Some companies look for new specialists only on this website, there are terrific jobs in specific occupations. Eluta indexes jobs directly from employer websites, so it doesn’t collect much of the data or asks you to create a profile there, you can just see what i mentioned on the list as #2 – direct corporate job offers without anything else.
- Workopolis – one more Canadian job website worth to mention in the list. They have offices in many Canadian cities and offer their services in French as well.
- Job Bank. if you don’t look for a job here, you are missing a lot. This is Canadian Government Job Searching website with high standards.
- Wowjobs.Ca. Another jobs website you can check out.
- Monster – is a huge global employment website headquartered in the U.S., Massachusetts. As any global website in this industry it offers many opportunities, a wide range of jobs in all fields. It can be your #2 or #1 website for active job searching and applying.
- Working.com. One more Canadian job portal to visit. It doesn’t have as many jobs as Moster or Indeed, but here you can find some unusual and exclusive offers from small and big Canadian companies.
- Work in Non Profits website. An old, but still active and respected job website which focuses on non-profit jobs. If you want to do good things and serve people – don’t miss it out. Nonprofit sector is growing rapidly and many positions there are paid. Some people have a misconception that in nonprofit sector all jobs are voluntary with no salaries, but it is not true. They pay because workers have to eat, “non-profit” only means that the main goal of such organizations is not to make money.
- TorontoJobs.ca. This list of job websites meant to be good for all Canadian cities and provinces, but Ontario still the biggest and the most important province in Canada in terms of economy, so if you are in Toronto and near it, or if you are willing to relocate, consider this website as well. If you are looking for a job in a specific province, and it is not Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, it might be a good idea to check special small local job websites too. Even local news websites and portals can have a section for local job ads.
- Canada’s Association of IT Professionals (CIPSIT). They have a niche job board for IT specialists which you should visit if you are in this field. Canadian and provincial governments respect this organization and posts jobs there.
- CareerBuilder is a global job website with a .CA version.
- CareerJet. Another worldwide job board with a Canadian version.
- Jobboom. This is a French-focused job website which offers good positions in Quebec, so if you are there or willing to move to French Canada, check it out.
- Jobs.ca. A website with nice domain name and design. It is a decent job website where you can do your search as well.
- ECO Canada is an online resource for environmental jobs, a non-profit organisation with many niche jobs.
This is it, a list of 20 (actually 18) job websites in Canada which you should consider to visit. Many companies would post a job on 3, 5, 10 or even on 15 job websites from this list at a time, but they often miss some, and some corporations would post jobs only on few website from the list, so it makes sense to check as many listings as possible. The best solution might be to post your resume on many job websites as a seeker, and actively look and apply on a few major job websites at the same time, also don’t completely ignore a relocation option, even to another countries. Not all jobs exist in 50 kilometers around a city you currently live in, in fact only a tiny per cent of jobs are close to your current location, even if you live in Toronto.
Good luck! 🙂