Skilled Workers Needed
· Advanced English, including both general language and occupation-specific language skills;
· Knowledge of Canadian practices, regulations and tools (including computer software) related to your occupation.
(Architects, for instance, must know Canada’s building construction processes and techniques; provincial codes for building, electrical work, plumbing and other aspects; the role of architects in Canada; and the process of preparing Canadian construction documents. They must also have computer skills, including skill with the latest CAD software.)
· “Soft skills”, related to interacting with other people productively and without friction
· Understanding the social and workplace culture.
Soft Skills are Valued
Canadian employers look for skilled workers with the following assets:
Canadian employers often request that job applicants have “excellent communication skills”. These are also called “soft skills.” In addition to English, these terms refer to your ability to get along with people, work on a team and deal effectively with conflict in the workplace.
What Are Employers Looking For?
In a 2006 survey, the Business Council of Ontario asked employers to list the attributes they most valued in their employees. In all occupational sectors, the following attributes were ranked highest:
- High performance standards
- Demonstrates initiative/Self-starter
- Customer oriented
They also ranked their most employees’ most valued work skills: