Archive for January 30th, 2009

Arranged Employment in Canada (I)

Matching Canadian Employers with Prospective Immigrants

Arranged Employment is one of the six factors under Canada’s new points system for selecting immigrants under the Skilled Worker category. It is essentially a genuine job offer by a Canadian employer that is approved (validated) by Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

We are currently running our very successful Employment Matching Program which has helped many immigrants fulfill their dreams of living and working in Canada. It has equally benefited many Canadian employers as well.

The concept is simple and straight-forward:

We have an extensive database of skilled professionals outside Canada and an elaborate network of employers and recruiters. We help foreign workers secure ‘Arranged Employment’ in Canada and help Canadian employers fill shortages by providing highly skilled and experienced workers after validation.

Our Quality of Service guarantee: At Hineni, we stand by our commitment to honesty, integrity and service. We are proud to provide an exclusive 100% Quality of Service Guarantee* to all clients, candidates and employers alike.

What is the difference between Work Permit & Arranged Employment?

Arranged Employment is not the same thing as a work permit.  A work permit allows you to come to Canada to work for a specific employer for a period of at least one year (and is renewable).  Before you obtain a work permit, your prospective employer must satisfy HRSDC that there is nobody in Canada who can fulfill the job requirements.  If HRSDC approves the job offer and gives a positive Labour Market Opinion, you can apply for a work permit at a Canadian visa office near you.  This process is relatively short. You can be in Canada in 2-3 months.

Arranged Employment only allows you to obtain extra points for your Skilled Worker immigration application.

Will the prospective Canadian employer contact me?

We introduce you to the employer by presenting your employability portafolio, credentials and abilities fully to the employer. Sometimes, the employer may contact you before they make a final commitment to support your Arranged Employment application.

Does Arranged Employment speed up the processing time?

Yes, the Visa Offices are supposed to give priority to Skilled Worker applicants who have secured Arranged Employment.

How else can Arranged Employment help my application?

In certain cases, the Visa Officers may not award you sufficient points for your education or employment if they are not convinced that they meet the requirements of the current legislation. In those instances, your application will be saved by the extra points secured by AE. This is particularly important for applicants who score the minimum passmark with uncertainties surrounding their work experience or education.

How can we make sure that you deliver what you promise?

We are a legally registered company in Canada. We have many lawyers and consultants who are our clients or who refer us business from around the world. We take pride in fulfilling our promise. We are very selective in who our clients are.

More information here

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Got a Job Offer? Negotiating Your Contract & Surviving the 1st Year

Obtain information about your market value before your first interview:

Step 1. Talk to friends and acquaintances in the business, contact liason, and consult career Web sites that include information such as salary ranges and benefits packages.
Step2 Assess the company’s approach, noting whether it invites negotiations or makes an offer first.
Step3 Listen to the way an offer is presented. A negotiation-minded manager will ask what figure you had in mind to get the process moving.
Step4 Delineate the different aspects of the job offer: money, benefits, responsibilities, stock options, schedules.  You must define your requirements and state how the employer will meet them.
Step5 If the offer appears set, be creative in negotiating for alternative perks such as time off, relocation expenses or a transportation allowance.
Step6 Repeat the offer out loud after you hear it, then don’t say anything until the employer does. Often, your silence will be misinterpreted as hesitation and the employer will sweeten the pot.

Step 7. Never Negotiate Alone
When it comes to negotiating a large or long-term contract, a legal adviser is crucial. In large organizations, a member of the legal department may be available to participate in the negotiations. The legal counsel can identify potential problems in the fine print and ensure that you have clearly stated what’s expected of the vendor/service/etc.

Step 8. Don’t Trust–Verify

Many bad experiences in negotiations can be traced to the buyer’s inability to verify service or vendor claims prior to making a deal. Every negotiation should include “a letter of intent outlining exactly how you intend to use the products/services, along with a vendor response that the stated contract will meet those needs.
Step9  Speak your mind if you have any concerns.

Foreign-trained workers:employment tips

EMPLOYMENT TIPS FOR FOREIGN TRAINED PROFESSIONALS

Do you need a license in order to work? Depending your field, not necessarily. For instance Psychologists and social workers need a license to practice psychotherapy whether in an organization or in their own private practice. However, there are many jobs available that do not require a license and that utilize the skills and knowledge of psychologists and social workers. Most of these job opportunities are with “Community Based Organizations” or CBO’s that provide a range of social services.

CBO’s are non-governmental organizations which are private and not for profit, commonly known as non-profit organizations. Generally these organizations are funded through a mix of government funds and private donations. Services provided by non-profit or community based organizations include services for youth, children and the elderly; services to persons with disabilities including mental health disabilities, services for abused women, services to persons with substance abuse problems etc.

Should you validate your education/credentials? Most employers will not require you to validate your credentials. However, since employers are generally not familiar with the education systems of other countries, it may be helpful for them to see the equivalency of your education in Canada. Some employers may also be interested in seeing the course content of your education.

What about having work experience in Canada? Employers generally look for people with experience with the populations the serve. For example, if you are applying for a job as a “youth counselor”, the employer will want to see that you have experience working with young people. You need to decide your areas of interest in the human services field and consider doing some volunteer work in those areas to increase your opportunities of employment. Volunteer work can give you valuable experience in Canada, connect you with other professionals and facilitate local letters of recommendation.

Resources

A Psychologists and social workers  can find jobs under diferent 

Job Titles/Position Description : • Counselor • Case manager • Outreach Worker • Social Worker • Residential Counselor
Job Areas • Human Services • Social Services • Health Services • Non-profit Sector • Substance Abuse • Children Services • Youth Services • Senior Services

Web-siteswww.workopolis.comwww.monster.comwww.opportunityknocks.org

Evaluation of Credentials • International Education Research Foundation www.ierf.org• Council on Social Work Education www.cswe.org      (social workers only)

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