Whether you are fresh out of University or looking for an escape from a bustling European City, BC offers something for everyone. Every year people from all over the world flock to the beautiful province of British Columbia in search of temporary employment and new career opportunities. Seasonal work and project specific work is easier to come by than permanent jobs in the main cities of Vancouver and Victoria. To be in with a chance of work in the bigger Canadian cities you need to brush up on your interview skills, have a well prepared resume and connect with as many people as possible on the ground. Also, networking is a big part of Canadian business and could offer the open door you are looking for into your next career move.
Who cares about working the night shift if you get to wake up and ski or snowboard in some of the world’s most famous ski resorts. Getting a job in a ski resort in Canada is not as hard as you might think, although securing a permanent position can be very difficult. Most of the employees in ski resorts are there for the fresh powder and when the ski season ends the hikers and bikers arrive. Jobs include lift operators, Ski and Snowboard Instructors, Ski Patrollers, Food and Beverage jobs. Most employers will provide training and flexible working hours. Although it is expensive to live in a ski resort, the seasonal jobs are often well paid and you get a chance to live the dream lifestyle for a few months. For some helpful job hunting tips and advice about living in Whistler, BC check out Whistler Season. Also, Go2Hr lists vacancies in the various BC resorts on a weekly basis.
Construction and Engineering
The construction industry is booming in the West of Canada and there are plenty of opportunities for experienced trades people and engineers. The biggest construction projects are happening in Northwest BC in areas like Dawson and Nanaimo where there are planned expansions of many of the areas infrastructure and services. Larger companies such as Ledcor and PCL recruit directly through their websites but job sites like Info mine, Careers In Construction and WorkForce.ca announce new positions every week.
Tourism and Hospitality
Tourism is one of British Columbia’s leading economic activities. The mountains of BC have two seasons; snow bunnies and snowmobiles take over the winter months of fresh powder, while enthusiastic hikers and bikers put their stamps all over the mountains during the summer months. Some of the most popular mountains include, Whistler Blackcomb, Cypress Mountain in Vancouver, Big White Ski Resort, Panorama Mountain Resort and Revelstoke Mountain. Besides the mountain jobs, water sports, sandy beaches and the many islands offer some great working opportunities. Rise Hospitality put on an event once a month that introduces new graduates and hospitality professionals to some of the major Vancouver tourism businesses. Attend at least one of these events to get a feel for the tourism market in Vancouver.
Here are a few BC job boards that you should keep an eye on if you are thinking of applying for work in British Columbia: