Recent months have been marked by economic downturn. Venture capitalists have warned of dark waters ahead for startups, while shining Canadian unicorns like Wealthsimple and Hootsuite have been forced to stall their growth plans or even trim some fat.
And yet the technology sector is one of tremendous resilience. Tech is known for its ability to adapt, after all, and Tech Talent Canada expects Canada to be no exception.
Whether you’re fresh in the game or freshly laid-off, here’s how to get hired this summer.
With many offices only just now returning to hybrid work, full-time remote work has become thoroughly normalized.
Today, the quantity of open remote tech positions is significantly higher than it was pre-pandemic: Remote tech jobs are up more than 400% in Canada.
If you’re open to remote work, opportunities are abound.
Follow the Money
One of the driving forces behind hiring growth is revenue: more money to invest in staff who will deliver a return in the form of increased company value.
Communitech recently created Team True North, a list of high-performing tech firms “tracking to $1 billion in annual revenue with growth rates that match the top 1% of companies in the world.” The list was determined through data from Silicon Valley Bank using a model developed by New York data science firm Two Sigma designed to assess company potential.
These three dozen companies are in excellent positions to continue hiring through the foreseeable future.
Hit up a Hub
The province of Ontario is home to multiple major economic hubs: Toronto, of course—a global Fintech powerhouse; the York Region, home to thousands of tech companies and a rapidly growing population; and the Kitchener-Waterloo area, with hundreds of tech startups and a renowned university.
The opportunities in Ontario appear limitless, especially in the field of technology. A move to one of Canada’s major tech hotspots may invigorate your career.
And if Ontario doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s always the majestic coastline of Vancouver in BC, or perhaps your choice of Edmonton or Calgary—two rapidly growing tech hubs in Alberta.
Peruse the Board
When a company is hiring, they want everybody to know about it. How else will they get the best person for the job?
That’s why the best employers in Canada place listings on the Tech Talent Job Board, a free year-round resource for job-seekers sleuthing out opportunities in tech. The active job board features a wide range of positions from a diverse volume of organizations which are headquartered from coast to coast.
Attend a Fair
To reach even more people and on a more personal level than the Job Board, many hiring companies across Canada also regularly post up booths at Tech Talent Job Fairs, where they can communicate directly with you—their next employee, who attended for free.
“Our job fairs are unique recruiting events that connect a city’s fastest growing companies with top tech talent,” says Rob Lewis, the head of Tech Talent Canada. “Hiring companies have the opportunity to showcase their employer brand and pitch to a crowd of skilled candidates on why they’re the best employer around.”
The next Job Fair is on July 20.
Learn to Code
We noted a variety of organizations hiring for developer roles across Canada.
While the programming life isn’t for everyone, coding camps such as Lighthouse Labs lower the barrier to entry, and almost every company under the sun needs at least a few developers.
Plus, once you’re in the field, the potential for growth is massive.