Fabrício Brito is a senior software developer from Brazil who got hired abroad with VanHack in 2021. When we finally received that long-awaited email confirming that he had been selected, Fabricio decided to write us a blog post about his experience. If you are a talented software developer who wants to get a job in Canada, Fabrício has valuable tips to share with you.

So here it is how a software developer from Brazil got hired in Canada, by our very own Fabrício Brito: 

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How to begin applying for jobs in Canada

Now that the information is finally public in my current position, where I have been working for the last week, I can finally make this shout out to VanHack and everybody that helped me in this adventure that is just beginning.

I may not be the best example, but now that I can fit into the category of a “success case,” let me share a little bit of my story. This is how I got an amazing offer to work as a Sr Fullstack Developer in Toronto, Canada.

After filling out my profile at VanHack, taking the English tests, and doing some coding verification tasks, I wanted to make sure I was on the right path. That’s why I signed up for the 6-month package Premium Services.

I’ve attended every class I could while a Premium member, and I have no regrets! Here are a few tips that helped me on this path:

Be Quick

There are over 70k great people here. Set up your notifications to check every new job posting within the first hour it was published in slack. I’m dead serious! 

If you really want to be considered, your name must be among the first hundreds of candidates that actually have a matching profile.

Complete Your Profile

Make sure the keywords automatically generated in your profile match those in the positions to which you are applying. 

Right after applying for the job, double-check that. Otherwise, you may not “survive” the automated screening that sorts the best candidates to the Talent Manager.

Reach Out to the Talent Manager

If you believe that you are the one for the position, reach out to the Talent Manager right after applying online and reviewing your profile. 

Now is the time to stand out from the crowd. Your name must be on the list they will provide to the company within the next couple of days, and your CV needs to be shortlisted by them for you to schedule the first interview.

Practice Your Answers

Once you have scheduled interviews, you want to have some common interview questions ready and customized to show them you have the required experience. 

Record and watch your answers to master items like: “tell me about yourself,” “what are your strengths/weaknesses,” “why should we hire you,” “why do you want to leave your current position,” and so on. 

My instructors, Marina and Aline, were amazing during our Premium Classes sessions. We rehearsed these answers and tailored them to the position I was applying for.

Prepare for Live Coding Interviews

There are many tips and training for these interviews and Take-home Assignments that, again, the Tech Interview Premium Classes will get you ready for them.

Remember that the challenge itself is not the major topic you are being evaluated in this interview. They will hire the candidate who can communicate well with their team and not necessarily the one that came up with the best solution for the problem.

Take Mock Interviews Classes

Before your actual interviews, VanHack will schedule mock interviews with their staff, so you can have honest feedback about your answers and adapt wherever you feel necessary. This is available to non-Premium members too, which is awesome!

Be Patience

I only started applying for real and reaching out to talent managers right after the job was posted 4 months after preparations with the Premium classes. And I only did it for the jobs to which I knew I was a good candidate. 

I was shortlisted for a position at the end of last November and did the first interview and my first code challenge in the first week of December, but the position was canceled a couple of days later.

Then I applied for another position, and a Talent Manager reached out, asking me to apply for a third one as well. 

To make a long story short, after about 6 weeks of 4-5 different interviews and challenges for each position, I got an offer for one of them. I rejected the other before they had the chance to make an offer because the first one was amazing already, and I did not want to take too long to sign the contract with them. 

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And that’s how I got a job as a software developer in Canada

I could have prepared all by myself for those interviews, with some research and lessons learned after the first failures, for sure. It would take much more time and effort than it took me to join Premium Services. Nobody asked me to publish this post, but I felt compelled to share my story because I truly believe that the bang for the buck from their services is worthwhile.

Now let me get back to the documents and forms for that Work Permit because, in a few months, I will be in Canada with my family! Woohooo!



🌎 VANHACK, LinkedIn Talent Awards Winner 2021, is Canada’s most respected recruitment company. With more than 1,700 hires, VanHack is on a mission of increasing diversity and creating a borderless world. So if you are a software developer looking for a job abroad, in Canada, the US, or Europe, join VanHack today. 100% free for candidates, plus you will get all the preparation you need when your profile is shortlisted.

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