Archive for December, 2009

How to find lucrative work in Canada

Canada Contracting Jobs:  Learn what to ask before taking the big leap!


Canada Contracting Jobs are available throughout the country and often very lucrative. Positions are available from food services, engineering, construction and more. Many people are taking advantage of these opportunities to make three and three times their normal salary.

However, before you take that big step make sure that you are informed. Know what questions to ask and have a good understanding before you make a life changing transition.

Hi, my name is Marisol and it wasn’t long ago when I was considering a contracting position in North America ( either USA or Canada). I had a lot of questions and no definitive guide to help me through it. I had a general idea of of what to expect and knew that I could make a lot  of money because I had friends in the region, but there were some questions that went unanswered and I ended up taking the plunge on blind faith. I first started and work in the USA and then move to Canada, where I actually live and work.

Fortunately for me, it worked out and I spent a couple of years working in North Carolina (NC). But, I did see a lot of people who were making significantly less money, only because they didn’t know what questions to ask or what to negotiate for before accepting that position. I also saw many arrive only to be very disappointed at the environment or living conditions.

This is why I created  Canada Contracting Jobs Listings throught Hineni Media   subscription area,  I know that there are a lot of people looking for opportunities, particularly in today’s economy. I hope that this site will serve as a good resource for you and explain the things you need to know before even considering quitting your current job.
Job checklist

At a minimum, these are some of the things you will want to know before traveling to Canada. Each situation is different, so if you have any questions send me a message through the contact page on this site.

Facility Access

Will I have access to the exchange stores, dining facilities and  Recreation facilities? You might think this would be assumed, where else are you going to go, but not all contractors are allowed access to the US or Canada dining facilities. Some non-US or non-Canada contractors must eat in their own dining facilities.

Living quarters
What type of living quarters will I have? Will I be living in a tent or trailer? Will I have a roommate? Is it a “wet trailer”? Meaning it has running water or a “dry trailer” meaning it doesn’t. Most don’t.

Does the contract provide a trailer for its own employees? Some companies have purchased and installed living quarters for their own employees including wet trailers. It can make all the difference.
Medical Care
Is basic medical care covered as part of the contract? It sounds obvious, what else are you going to do, but check to make sure.

Salary
What is the base salary? Is overtime included and if so how many hours a week? I don’t know about you, but I wanted to work every hour that I could, which was the whole point.

What kind of bonuses are included and when are they paid? Sometimes these are paid up front, at the end of the tour or incrementally throughout the year.

Is a paid trip home included? Some companies will provide a return trip home half way through the contract or even quarterly.

Vehicles
Will you have use of a vehicle on post? A vehicle is not always necessary, but it sure comes in handy.

The Contract
What is the length of the contract? This is important as you don’t want to quit your job at home and travel to Canada for a lucrative opportunity only to find out that the contract is up for a rebid.

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Foreign Nationals wanting to Live and Work in Canada

Foreign Nationals wanting to Live and Work in Canada

THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE MADE BY CANADA JOB SEEKERSthe most common mistake made by people who want to relocate to Canada  to work is; that they conduct a ‘generalist’ job search similar to the way they would if they were looking for a new job in their own Country. The Fact is, as a Foreign National job seeker, you do not have the same immigration employment rights as a Canadian  Citizen.

As a Foreign National (a Non Canadian permanent resident), according to Canada Immigration law,  YOU CAN ONLY WORK IN CANADA IF YOU FIRST OBTAIN A VALID WORK  PERMIT OR VISA . An employer company must “sponsor” you for a work visa. This is one of the ‘Key factors’ of your job search.

Unfortunately, thousands of foreign national job seekers waste days, weeks or even months of their time, posting their CV and then searching for and then applying for jobs on some of the major ‘generalist’ job boards – only to find out that the company they have applied to, will NOT ‘sponsor’ them for a valid work visa.

Therefore, because of the unique ‘key factors’ involved in your job search, a great place to start would be to target your search to companies who “specialize” in assisting foreign nationals find jobs with companies who WILL ‘sponsor’ a work visa for you. Our recommended “specialist” company is Hineni Media .

If you are a Foreign national who wants to live and Work in Canada :
~ the biggest challenge that you face, is Not just trying to find a Job in Canada
~ it’s finding a Job with a Company that will sponsor and apply for your work permit.

Save months of your time and effort searching and experimenting. For many years our solutions have been successfully used by hundreds of foreign nationals to achieve their dream of living and working in Canada. Use trusted and proven solutions for the best results ! 

List of Canadian visa employers for 2009

This database shows all employers who received approval from  Canadian Immigration  for work permit/ visas in federal fiscal year 2009.

The database can be set to display between 10 and 200 employers on a single page. To search for individual companies, please use the search link above the column heads. ( see the full listing, work permit/ Co-Op work  use by Canadian firms holds steady in ’09.)
Canadian Employers approved for  work Permit visas in 2009

 

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The Work Permit or Sponsorships Canadian Companies Directory Bible!

The Work Permit Sponsorships Canadian Companies Directory Bible!

The Co-Op Work/Study Canadian  Participants Employers Listings shows all the employers that participate in Canada Co-Ops Work/Study Programs.

  • It’s designed to be your one-stop destination for anything you can think of that is about or related to  temporary, permanent and seasonal employment vacancies im plain simple English.
  • Find Industry  Specific Employment   for Foreign Trained Professionals
  • Helps see what occupations are available for what degrees, what prospective companies are actually looking for, and value contact names within various corporations.
  • We reach genuine job seekers who want to boost their career prospects and who are looking for: a job in your industry or profession; information on courses to advance their careers; and other quality career-related products and services.
  • Brings you  job opportunities in different fields.
  • Job Search Help for New Immigrants in Canada 
  • Information on employers that you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Helping people find great jobs in great places….Employment opportunities especially suited for .

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Job hunting for foreign trained professionals in Canada

How and where to obtain Canadian experience for foreign trained professionals and skilled immigrants on the journey to employment in their chosen …

The type of visa that one needs in order to work in Canada typically requires analyzing the position that the worker will fill and the qualifications of the worker. Below are the most common work visa categories and the general criteria for such visas.

  • Visa for Specialty Workers
  • Health Professionals and Registered Nurses
  • Visas for Temporary or Seasonal Workers
  • Visa for Trainees
  • Visas for Investors, Business Owner and Entrepreneurs
  • Visas for Executives, Managers, Intracompany Transferees
  • Foreign Nationals with Extraordinary Ability
  • Cultural Exchange Program Participants
  • TN for US  and Mexican citizens*

 

The TN classification applies to a US or Mexican citizen seeking admission as a “professional” temporarily under the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). TN employment must be in a profession listed in Appendix 1603.0.1 to NAFTA and the TN employee must possess the credentials required.

How to get the visa?

First , it’s important to understand that for  anyone to obtain a work visa, the process is that you Must 1ST find a ‘visa job or offer with a company that will sponsor (apply) your visa.

ONLY AFTER you have succesfully found and secured your visa job (sponsorship)- Your new visa employer can then file your visa application forms with Canada Immigration. To find visa jobs- click here
Therefore, the fist and most challenging stage in the process is finding and securing a visa job with an visa sponsoring company.
*individuals can Not apply for their own work visa- Only your new employer company can.

*applying to jobs and companies that do not sponsor work visa is a waste of your time!

Where to find jobs?

 
From About.com You learn that some of below hot jobs have significant educational and/or experience requirements, others don’t in Canada. If you are qualified, now’s the time to get going on your job search! If you are not qualified yet, keep in mind that these occupations will continue to grow for at least the next ten years. So, you have plenty of time to prepare for a career change. Take a look at the available opportunities to see which If you are qualified, then consider your options for the future. Start your online job search here:   OneStop Job Center

•Home health aides
•Network systems and data communications analysts
•Medical assistants
•Physician assistants
•Computer software engineers
•Physical therapist assistants
•Dental hygienists
•Computer software engineers
•Dental assistants
•Personal and home care aides
•Retail salespersons
•Registered nurses
•Postsecondary teachers
•Customer service representatives
•Janitors and cleaners
•Waiters and waitresses
•Combined food preparation and serving workers
•Home health aides
•Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
•General and operations managers

Seasonal Work Visa for Foreign Workers

Most students and foreign workers in Canada tend to work while studying to earn some pocket money and/or just for the experience. A popular source of job opportunities for students  and foreign workers during summer and at other times during the year is temping. Temp jobs are a great way to get a taste for the work environment in Canada and also give you the flexibility to pursue other interests during your time in Canada. Some of the key temping agencies to get in touch with are as listed below along with link to subscribe to  the  Canadian Co-op Work Placement & Internship Participating Employers’s Directory.

http://www.adecco.ca

http://www.drakeintl.com/ca/

Summer jobs and vacancies in bars, hotels, restaurant, catering
Cafes, bars, restaurants are always looking for extra help especially in the busy summer months. Some places to check out are as below.

Vendors, sandwich shops, small shops
Waiting staff in bars and restaurants
Cleaning staff
Admin staff

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Au Pair
You can find more information in our Au Pair article.
Temporary Work and Student employment

Work Permit

It is possible to work in Canada while you are there as a student without HRSDC certification, and there are opportunities for jobs on and off campus. Please see the following website for more information: Studying in Canada: Work permits for students.

Working holiday visa

Visa requirements are crucial to your trip planning.
This section is intended for reference only. We strongly recommend that you contact the embassy directly for the most up to date info..

The Working Holiday Scheme is an ideal way to explore and experience life in Canada while engaging in temporary employment (maximum of one year). Jobs can be found in all sectors, including industry, commerce, science and technology, tourism, agriculture and horticulture. A work permit is not necessary, once you have obtained the visa for this program.

Working Holiday visas in Canada are only available for citizens of Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. The intention behind the scheme is to allow young (age 18-30) Australians, netherlanders and New Zealanders to visit Canada  for up to 12 months and to permit them to supplement their income by working during their holiday.

To ensure that the holidaymakers do not become destitute and a burden to Canadian government, would-be working holidaymakers need to show that they have at least CAD $2,000 to bring with them to support themselves, if they already have a return air ticket or they should provide evidence of funds exceeding CAD$5,000 if they only have a one-way air ticket. Furthermore, WHV candidates are expected to have a compete medical insurance coverage during their working holiday.

Canadian working holiday visa applications are generally straightforward and can be downloaded from the websites of the Royal Embassies in Neatherland, New Zealand and Australia. Applications should be a made a few months before departure and are accepted throughout the year.

How to go around the “No Canadian experience and without a work permit” I

As the post title, my intention will be to provide you information related to  how to go around the ‘no Canadian experience and without a work permit” Part I,  in your search of “How to Live and work in Canada. I’ve been living here since 2001 and a lot of things have changed. However, I think that I can help you go through your dream of living in Canada and working as an immigrant.

My dream started back in 2000 when I finished my undergraduate degree and when I was looking for universities to a Master’s degree abroad. That’s how everything starts.

If you have the same dream, or if you’re also want to live and work in Canada here read on.

In order for Foreign Trained Professionals to get jobs in Canada, the first step is that they need to have qualifications and licenciature  aproved or  their Foreign Qualifications   Evaluated and Recognized in Canada  by one of the 34 Canadian regulatory professional career  bodies.

Second step is  to register in their field association. Third step is  to register in  Co-op universities programs,  where a Foreign National, worker or professional  is able to  upgrade  language or  career skills.

As Foreign National, worker or professional take advantage of work-study field  or  internships placements, because they will give  you the so called  “Canadian experience”  and through it you could get a legal Canadian  work permit.  Hineni Media  listings shows all the employers that participate in Co-Op work-study programs. Hineni Media  listing provides all the essential information such as application deadlines, compensation, perks, selectivity and more.. 

A Canadian work permit is a temporary resident visa issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to grant permission to foreign workers seeking to engage in employment in Canada. It most commonly has maximum validity of up to one year, although work permits can be issued for up to three years in some cases. We’ll talk about that in  the  part II of “‘No Canadian experience and without a work permit “.

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