Software and IT companies expanding and opening new offices all over the world is a very common sight. And with good reason: software development and support for customers throughout the world are becoming increasingly important. The phenomenon of expansion can be observed in particular in India, America, Canada, and Europe – especially Germany.
The latest postings on job portals show that many open-minded software developers looking for great opportunities outside their home country might also consider relocating to Australia, which is why we’ve decided to take a closer look at other attractive countries around the globe. This time we’re focusing on Canada, where multiple jobs are currently offered at interesting companies (mostly in English Canada). We’ve got you covered if you’re thinking about moving there as a software developer.
As we’ve seen before, the job situation for developers in Canada is pretty good, and certainly, an improvement to just a few years ago – where finding a job was quite difficult. At that time, jobs were not often advertised on the Internet, which made it hard to find them and led to less than optimal results for both employers and employees alike. Only since the beginning of this decade have things started looking better: more and more companies posted their vacancies online – websites such as Kijiji or Craigslist became popular – and also companies like Google came to town with their Canadian branch (about to open in October 2012). These days there are lots of great opportunities out there as long as you’re willing to look for them (and we’ll show you how to do that below).
One of the best things about looking for a job is that you can now do it from home with your laptop and an Internet connection. It’s like having your own little office space (and you’re not disturbing anyone with your mouse clicks). Of course, there are disadvantages as well: it is easy to fall into the trap of surfing around rather than searching for new jobs – but we will give you some tips on how to avoid this in a bit.
Job hunting has changed lately. A lot of companies post their vacancies on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter and they often use them as their main platform for hiring purposes. You might want to follow some companies so that when something comes up you’re among the first to know. We also recommend you create a LinkedIn account if you don’t have one already. If you do, make sure it’s an accurate reflection of your career, and make sure to fill in your profile completely with all relevant information. This will help recruiters find job ads that are most relevant for you when they search for profiles of professionals within your industry or function on LinkedIn. You can also invite any connections that might be able to help you land a job through recommendations that show up on your profile as soon as a recruiter looks at it, increasing your chances even more!
However, let’s say someone wanted to relocate overseas because he or she found an interesting job offer without having to search too hard – but how could they be sure the job is actually worth moving for? The answer to that question can be found on LinkedIn through the use of the “validation search” feature.
LinkedIn’s validation search analyzes job data by aggregating millions of pieces of data, including insightful information from public profiles, in order to help users find out if a given job opening or industry are really worth their while. To get started with this feature, all you need to do is type in keywords like “relocate,” “relo,” or “job relocate” (when searching for jobs) in the search bar at the top of your homepage. These will introduce you to various job ads posted by companies in different countries around the world searching for candidates with similar skillsets to yours.