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Career Resources

Navigating the job market is no easy task especially in a new country. In addition to ISSofBC’s Career services, this resource page will help on your road to finding gainful employment.


Career Exploration & Job Search Strategies

Job Hunt – Provides job search resources and up-to-date advice from job search and career experts.

WorkBC – Provincial website offering BC job postings and online self-employment and career planning resources for more than 500 careers, including the education and training requirements and job prospects.

Working in Canada – Federal online resources for labour market information which offers users free occupational and career information including employment outlook for various occupations, wages, local training and related news articles.

The Job Profiles for Immigrants to BC – can help you understand how your occupation is practiced in British Columbia. The guides also include information on the steps you can take to find a job that matches your skills, training and experience. Many of these steps can be taken before you arrive in BC.

Career Cruising – is a web-based career exploration and planning tool for exploring career and education options. Features of the program include: job postings; interest and skills assessments; career profiles; multimedia interviews; college, university, and apprenticeship Information; electronic career portfolio; and the Resume Builder. (For ISSofBC registered clients only. Please ask your Employment Counsellor or Career Facilitator for the Career Cruising password.)

Labour Market & Occupational Research

Skilled Immigrant Infocentre Employment Guides – Compiled by the Vancouver Public Library, this database contains employment guides on 71 skilled trades and professions including job descriptions, employment outlook, salary expectations, professional associations, qualifications and job search.

National Occupational Classification (NOC) – Compiled by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, this database provides descriptions of more than 40,000 jobs found in Canada, sorted into 500 occupational groups, and offers a matrix based on skill levels and skill types.

Occupational Guides For Immigrants in BC – Compiled by WelcomeBC, this database includes overviews of more than 60 regulated and non-regulated skilled professions and information on job duties, wages, qualifications and helpful job search suggestions and links to industry associations.

Service Canada-Specialty Job Sites – Sorted by job specialty, includes links to websites and information.

WorkBC – Information about BC’s population changes, job trends, economy, regional statistics and labour market snapshots.

Working in Canada – Federal online resources that offers users free occupational and career information i.e. job opportunities, educational requirements, main duties, wage rates and salaries, current employment trends, and outlooks. This site displays job postings from Job Bank, from the Public Service Commission and from the Canadian Forces.

Accreditation, Education & Training Research

List of regulatory authorities in B.C.

WorkBC – Discover a range of tools to help plan for your career, explore your options for Post-Secondary schools, programs and career paths, Upgrade Skills, Finance Your Education and Employment Programs.

Industry Training Authority of BC – (ITA) leads and coordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system. ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards, and increase opportunities in the trades

Education Planner BC – Publicly funded resource that allows you to compare post-secondary programs in BC. Education Planner helps learners make well-informed decisions about their education and career options.

Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) – Sets basic education standards for registered private career training institutions in British Columbia and establishes standards of quality which must be met by accredited institutions.

SchoolFinder – Explore the career and education options available in Canada. Includes search career categories, hot careers, and more.

BC Council on Admissions and Transfer – (BCCAT) is responsible for the facilitation of admission, articulation and transfer arrangements among the colleges, institutes, and universities in BC.

StudentAid BC – helps eligible students with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans, grants, scholarships, and other programs.

Job Boards

ISSofBC Employer Solutions – Our Employer Relations Specialists from various ISSofBC programs and locations receive hundreds of job leads from accredited employers who are looking for the right candidates.

Job Search Engines

AMSSA Jobs – Employment and volunteer opportunities at the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Services Agencies of BC (AMSSA) and member agencies.

ArtsWork – Arts-related job board at Emily Car University of Art and Design listing job postings and co-op opportunities.

ASTTBC – Technology Professionals job search engine.

BC Classifieds – Centralized information on employment opportunities, community announcements, services, etc., from 70 papers across British Columbia.

BC Jobs Net – Job search engine offering job postings, and articles with career and HR advice.

Canada Jobs – Job search engine offering job postings and job search related articles.

Career Owl – Canadian non-profit and independent service supporting jobseekers through a job board, career videos and advice on cover letters, resume and interview skills.

Charity Village – Online resource focusing on the Canadian nonprofit sector with volunteer and paid job postings, organization listings by subject, and community event listings.

Civic Jobs – Canada’s largest source for municipal jobs.

Eluta – Job search engine which collects job postings from employers’ websites and organizes postings into a searchable database.

Fresh Gigs – Job board for professionals involved in marketing and creative roles to connect with career and project opportunities at well-known companies in Canada.

Good Work Canada – Job board for those specializing in environmental or eco-minded paid, volunteer or internship positions.

Indeed – Job board available in 26 languages offering job postings, advanced search options, search history and industry/labour market information.

ISSofBC Jobs – Current listing of all paid jobs available within ISSofBC.

Monster – Job search portal where job seekers can search for job postings, upload their resume, and links to articles on cover letters, resumes, social media and salary surveys.

Service Canada Job Bank – Federal job search engine offering job postings and links for programs and services of interest to Canadian jobseekers and workers.

Simply Hired – Job search engine from across Canada. Browse by job category, city, state, employer and more. Get a head start and post your resume.

Techjobs –  Engineering and technical jobs for engineers and technologists only across Canada updated continuously. Advice’s and tips to start your job search.

WorkBC – Provincial job search engine offering BC job postings and online government resources for career planning including assessments and career videos, education and training, labour market information, and other helpful career and self-employment development tools and resources.

Working Canada – Federal job search engine offering job postings and labour market information including wages, employment outlook, local training and related news articles.

Workopolis – Job board offering job postings, related articles and basic salary information.

Wow Jobs – Search over 100,000 jobs from thousands of job boards, employment and career sites in Canada.