Archive for January 11th, 2012

Maintaining a professional identity while job hunting in Canada

Research has shown why it’s so important to maintain a professional identity when moving around the world.

Canada is a vast country which is often over shadowed by it’s the neighbor, the United States of America.  Unknown to many, Canada is actually the second largest country in the world by land mass, and is one of the top 10 economies (by size) in the world. Hence there is plenty of room for the growing number of  international professionals deciding to live in Canada.

But what about your career?

Finding the right job in Canada is important to you if you are in the Canadian immigration process or even if you are just thinking about immigration to Canada

Canada actively promotes a free market approach to business, although there are employment protection laws to cover employee and employers alike. If you have certain skills you can easily join the portable careers group.

You can easily “work global latitudes” as well and enjoy the freedom to live anywhere, work when you want, travel when the urge strikes. When you slash your expenses overseas, there’s less pressure to bring home that 60-hours-a-week income. You gain the flexibility to relax, slow down, and improve your quality of life.

A portable career is a career that you can  take with you, wherever you go. It can gracefully move with you to a new city or new country – be it for several months or several years.

A portable career gives you more freedom to choose where you want to live and work, and helps you maintain a professional identity rather than starting over professionally every time you move somewhere new. It gives you more flexibility to organize your work to support your lifestyle, and can actually help you work less so you can enjoy life more. The portable career is rooted in the idea that you can live where you want and do what you enjoy at the same time.

Most portable Careers options:

  • Construction
  • Financial Services
  • IT
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Tourism
  • Translation and Interpretation Services

Portable vs. Non-Portable Careers

Tradicionally, there have been few careers that were both truly portable and provided a livable income. These careers have included teaching, nursing, childcare or administrative support. However, with today’s advances in technology – such as voice over IP programs like Skype, high speed internet connections, and the ability to setup up businesses and market your services online relatively easily – the list of portable career options is now much longer. Today you can be an accountant, a translator, a writer or editor, a graphic or web designer, an IT service provider, an event planner, a coach, or a virtual assistant – all from the comfort of wherever you call home.

You can also sell products or services online, or use your subject matter expertise as a consultant and market your services globally no matter where you are in the world. But what does a portable career look like? Let’s take a closer look.

•Portable careers often involve services or skill sets that are generally in high demand in many parts of the world.

•Portable careers are not primarily driven by credentials or degrees that are jurisdiction or location specific.

•Even though with some portable careers a person may decide to only work locally, in general portable careers to do not limit you to your local market.

•Portable careers usually involve regular engagement with technology and online business and communication tools, particularly if you are providing services virtually or creating and selling products online. 

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Marisol Diaz,  principal consultant of Hineni Communications, a consultancy serving the international & local professionals  by offering coaching, seminars, business and leadership services.   Professional advice, publications and guides on job hunting in Canada.  HC help businesses and individuals become an integral part of the local Canadian  workplace.   HC have an extensive bookstore specific to  settlement, careers , working, and  business; HC  provide a link to Amazon