Find a Job

Alberta is a great place to work. Use our step-by-step guide to help you plan and prepare for finding a job.

Steps to finding a job

Step 1: Research the job market in Alberta

When you understand your own skills and interests, you can match them to potential jobs. Start by looking for jobs that require the skills you have.

Research current job opportunities

The Government of Canada’s Job Bank has a list of current job opportunities in Alberta. Other places to find jobs include job banks and websites that advertise opportunities throughout Alberta.

Network and talk to people

Another way to find work is by networking. Talk to neighbours, friends, people in your community, family and others to find jobs that may not be advertised.

Register with employment agencies

Employment agencies can help you find the right job. Some agencies specialize in temporary work placements. Others focus on specific industries. It’s very important to find the right agency for your industry.

Employment agencies cannot charge you a fee for helping you find a job. This cost must be covered by the employer. The agency should also be licensed.

Step 2: Tailor your resumé and cover letter

Your resumé should include the skills you have identified and highlight the specific ones that the employer needs. A cover letter should give an employer one or two compelling reasons to read your resumé. It is typically a one-page document that summarizes your experience and explains why you are the best candidate for the job.

Get help creating or improving your resumé and cover letter.

Get help with career planning

Career planning is the ongoing process of thinking about your life and work, based on your skills, interests and goals. If you need help planning your career, visit CAREERinsite.

Before you work in Alberta, you may need to get your educational and professional credentials assessed to make sure they meet Alberta’s standards.

Step 3: Prepare for your interview

It is important to prepare for a job interview to give yourself the best chance of getting the job.

Do your research

Start by learning as much as you can about the job and company. Read the company’s website and search for articles about it online. This knowledge will help you demonstrate that you are serious about working there.

On interview day

Bring any material you may need, such as educational assessment documents, professional certificates and written references from past jobs.

Step 4: Don't give up – other options!

You may need to apply for several positions before you get a job offer. It’s important not to get discouraged if it takes longer than you expect.

Consider applying for jobs in a related area to help you build valuable experience. You may need to upgrade your education. In the meantime, you may want to consider finding a temporary job to earn money and volunteering to gain experience and build a network as soon as possible after arriving.

Find a temporary job

A temporary job may not fit your education or professional training. It can also seem like a step down from your former occupation. However, it can be an important part of the settlement process by helping you:

Consider starting your own business

Alberta is a great place to start a business. There's a real entrepreneurial spirit in the province. In fact, Calgary, Alberta, had the highest number of self-employed people per capita in Canada in 2014. Many newcomers to Alberta end up running their own businesses.

Resources to help you start a successful business include:

Need more help?

The Alberta Career Information Hotline provides information about completing application forms, preparing resumés and succeeding at interviews.

Phone: 780-422-4266 (Edmonton)
Toll-free: 1-800-661-3753 (elsewhere in Alberta or Canada)

Visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) and Alberta Works Centres for more help with your job search. Good luck!