Archive for September, 2012

Areas of trending towards having job openings in Canada

The following areas are currently trending towards having job openings. (This will be updated on a regular basis)

  1.  .Architectural Technicians
  2.  2.System Testing Technicians  
  3. 3.Medical Radiation Technologists
  4.  4.Medical Sonographers
  5.  5.Dental Hygienists
  6.  6.Dental Therapists
  7.  7.Paralegal  
  8. 8.Law Clerk  
  9. 9.Community and Social Service Workers  
  10. 10.Early Childhood Educators and Assistants  
  11. 11.Hairstylists and barbers  
  12. 12.Electricians  
  13. 13.Plumbers  
  14. 14.Estheticians  
  15. 15.Food Service Supervisors  
  16. 16.Telecommunications Line and Cable Workers  


The following job areas are currently in decline (We don’t suggest looking for training in these areas!)

  1.  1.Forestry and Logging  
  2. 2.Manufactured Mineral Products  
  3. 3.Metal Fabrication and Machinery
  4.  4.Motor Vehicle, Body, Trailer and Parts Manufacturing
  5.  5.Other Manufacturing
  6.  6.Paper Manufacturing  
  7. 7.Printing  
  8. 8.Rubber, Plastics and Chemicals Manufacturing
  9.  9.Wholesale Trade  
  10. 10.Wood Product Manufacturing  

The expert counsellors at Hineni Commnications Educational Services Division are always up-to-date with the current outlook for areas in the economy that are trending towards expansion and growth and where the new jobs will be in the next 6 to 12 months.

This means that we are ideally suited to helping you determine which program is the best suited to match both your interests and the areas where the jobs will be.

How to choose a destination province within Canada for your English or higher studies?

While my articles can be useful to aspiring international students from any country, I will be writing with a focus towards assisting Asian, European and Latin American or Spanish speaking  students who form the 2nd largest contingent of students studying outside their country. The first is of course China. No prizes for guessing that!!  

Most International students will be faced with the decision of which  province to choose?

My own understanding is that they choose in this order – VancouverOntario  ; Quebec,  and Calgary  (till recently). Canada may have edged out Australia now-, USA, UK, New Zealand, Ireland, Singapore and then other non-English speaking countries like Germany, France, Sweden, etc.

There are some stats available around this and I will share them soon. But choosing a destination province is never easy. I would suggest stick to this formula:  

1. If you are looking at pure academic achievement – then simply the choice is quite easy. Go to where the course your heart is pining for is. It could be NunavutYukon ; Yellowknife if you intend to study sub-zero temperature or some research like that. Get the picture? If your intended study and subject are clear, the choice becomes very easy. I can quote one particular course, if you have a passion for the outdoors and film making then there is a course at the University of Alberta in Alberta  and I am thinking it may be one of its kind in the world. In the former example cited all the student need to do is look for a university that offers Antarctic studies  and he could very well be on his way to this lovely American continent. Finding this information can done through the search engines or a dedicated overseas education site like  Hineni

2. If academics is important but getting a job later and settling down is more important – Then it is important that you not only choose a course that is available but also that the province that you choose has immigration laws/rules that will allow you to stay on after you complete your course and convert the student permit into work permit (I believe countries like USA , Australia or Switzerland are very difficult in this subject). If a country does not permit such an extension and expects you to leave, then obviously it will not match your requirement. You are better off choosing some other destination country which has more liberal work and immigration policies.

3. Getting a visa is primary because a rejection will finish my dreams completely – The trick to getting a visa to be honest. COMPLETELY. Now sadly a lot of young students are pretty much conned by their ‘consultant’ into showing false education, work experience and financial documents. This is done because the consultant will make money only if the students land in the college and then the college pays the consultant his commission. So the agent will do ANYTHING to get the student there. In case the immigration authorities see through the fraud, the agent gets away scot free but the student loses his ability to get a visa ever again to that country. So choosing an honest consultant is important who gives you transparent information about the process and will dissuade you from putting any fake documents. I am not sure if the various foreign embassies are already doing it, but it is only a matter of time before they start sharing information about fraudulent visa applications and this means you are pretty much shut out of most countries unless and until you are looking at Sudan, Ethiopia, records for instance etc

4. Permanent residency is my goal – Same answer as for 2 above. Make sure the province withing Canada has an immigration policy that is conducive towards long term settlement. Examples would be  Ontario,  Vancouver, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg, just like Australia and  New Zealand. If you have French as an asset, Quebec province is fantastic!!

5. Earning money is my goal and I am quite happy to return to my home country – Choose a province within Canada with high exchange value because that will automatically mean that you will earn more in your local money  equivalent in a shorter period of time. Interestingly, some of the Middle East countries maybe the choice especially considering that UAE is beginning to get aggressive in trying to attract foreign students. Bear in mind that the Middle East countries do not have tax as well…. but one of the most scientifically and technologically advance it’s  95% Israel. So you could as well study in Israel  and then look at a job anywhee in the UAE for example.

6. I like adventure and want to make sure that there is a lot of it when I am studying – Not a very common request.  So if you want  get to on to the lonely planet website and choose from the various Canadian exciting destinations. I would personally choose some place where I can do sea kayaking and the water is warm. So contact us or visit sites like  Only Canada Tours  the best place for me? Possibly!

7. Peace and security are important to me – Check the world peace and choose accordingly. For sure Canada is there!

8. I want to start a business in that Province – Check the ease of doing business report here n our blog and  by the World Bank*.

9. I want to be in an honest province where I can live a corruption free life – Check the Transparency International corruption index.

10. I want to go where my friends/family are – Good idea actually. When you go abroad you are faced with many adverse situations (see my earlier blog about 1st week syndrome) and having family or friends around will create a safety net and a support system. So it’s a very good decision I would say and they would have already faced many of the situations and are able to guide you when the need arises.  

11. I want to go ASAP – If you are in such a hurry, well quite simply check to see the intake matrix of all the province, region and Canadian cities  and see which one has the next immediate intake and choose that. But be sure to leave at least 2-3 months gap even if all your documents are ready. Admission and visa will take some time and I feel at least 4-6 months is needed to have a tension free experience.

If in doubt about the intake matrix of the different province or any other details simply contact  a Hineni counsellor nearest to you and you will get the information immediately.   I hope that was useful. I would have liked to write more, but it’s been one of those crazy days at work. So maybe I will elaborate further later as this a very important question that most youngsters are faced with.

If you have any other specific requirement please email me on hineni_inquiries(at)mail(dot) com and I will see how best I can answer your queries. Also keep visiting Hineni blog and do some research on your own.   Best Wishes,

Miriam Iom 

New  Managing Director HC

Am I too old to study English in Canada?

Am I too old to study English in Canada?

I got this off  our facebook questions – “I am married, with children. I would like to go the University of York or Ottawa in Ontario  to further my education, would I be able to handle it? Any input is appreciated..Oh! I am thinking of taking Social. Thanks.”  

Such a poignant moment for this lady in her life that seems quite overwhelming at this stage. What with kids, a desire to pursue her academic and subsequent language dreams later. There is no mention of a husband so maybe she is also a single mom. But hats off to the lady that she has the courage to get back and do what she thinks she needs to do. And posting a query on a public site is a wonderfully brave first step. Well done mom…go for it.  

There are many such in Latin America who have a dream to go on for further language studies in North America but feel they are too old or too bogged down by other circumstances. I would say to you ‘do not become a prisoner of your own mind and get out and do it’. It is not going to be easy but unless you get out there and start exploring the possibility seriously it will only remain a dream. The oldest international student I met was 57  years old, a Mexican lady who came to Canada to study English for a few months and then go back. I loved the woman’s attitude.   During our counseling sessions also we come across quite a few married people who take that first bold step by calling or walking into our office and speaking to a counselor. At least they have taken the first step and I encourage more of you to do the same.

Whether you end up going abroad for your studies is another matter altogether. But at least take that first step if you have a desire in your heart somewhere. And you don’t even have to go to any consultant office.  Contact us and do your own search at your leisure and at any time you want to speak to a knowledgeable advisor, he/she is just a phone call away.   Best Wishes,


Miriam Iom 

New Managing Director of HC

Finding Canadian Jobs Online

To help you choose job sites in which to invest your time,  I will outline the range of different boards, each with their own pros and cons, with some examples.

Tips to help you manage the huge amount of job information online:

  1. Create a professional sounding new email address that is dedicated to job search. This will allow you to register with various sites, without clogging your personal email with new incoming emails.
  2. Don’t use too many job sites. Be selective and limit your search to those sites which are most effective for your particular purposes.
  3. Keep organised — make a list (a Word document might be all you need) of all the sites you are using, with the links, so you can check them regularly. Some job searchers have found career management sites such as Jibber Jobber helpful to manage their online job search process.
  4. Don’t forget to switch off the computer and go out to meet employers face to face. Ultimately, this is how many jobs are found and how you will, most likely, be noticed by an employer.
  5. Check out the list of job boards  which our clients have recommended, posted on this blog.

Self-Marketing in the Canadian Job Market

As Wikipedia states: “The career management process begins with setting goals/objectives. A relatively specific goal/objective must be formulated. This task may be quite difficult when the individual lacks knowledge of career opportunities and/or is not fully aware of their talents and abilities. However, the entire career management process is based on the establishment of defined goals/objectives whether specific or general in nature. Utilizing career assessments may be a critical step in identifying opportunities and career paths that most resonate with someone.”

In a tight job market, getting all the details right matters, and a spreadsheet helps.

Here are some job search strategist

1.Do research about the companies you are applying to, take time to determine the best career choice and to keep a job-hunting spreadsheet.   By using the spreadsheet, you’ll quick access to everyone’s contact information and could quickly find the details you needed about people and jobs, instead of keeping track of dozens of business cards, e-mail messages and written notes.   Words of wisdom: In a tight job market, getting all the details right matters, and a spreadsheet helps. “(It allowed me to have) a much more personalized approach and whenever communication would occur I could check the spreadsheet and know exactly where we left off.


•Use Facebook and its microtargeting ability to find help in your search.  

•Follow bloggers on Twitter to learn about the latest job openings.  

•Shadow an employee to learn about their job, and you might get noticed.

Smart strategy:

Turned to the microblogging service Twitter to see if   you can find the latest job postings. Do also  real-time Twitter searches by position and location (“executive assistant, Hamilton”) to pull up recent tweets.

One USA example also use in Canada:

Name: Marian Schembari Old gig: Freelance writing in New York and Connecticut New gig: Associate publicist at Jane Wesman Public Relations in New York Smart strategy: Instead of responding to an employer’s job posting, she posted an ad for herself on Facebook, the social networking site, and used its microtargeting capability to home in on people who were most likely to offer her a job.  

Her ad asked, “I want to work for Harper Collins, can you help?” Anyone identifying themselves as a company employee saw it on their page. Readers could click on a link that directed them to her resume. Though she wasn’t able to find work with Harper Collins, she did connect with 100 people in two weeks, including someone who was able to offer her a job.   Words of wisdom: Recognize that the best way to get a job isn’t always to apply for it directly.

“I wasted so much time writing perfect cover letters and sending them into the Internet abyss,” she says. “You have to get out there in a way that people will come to you, not the other way around.”

Read this on self-marketing

Achieving financial freedom in Canada

How to Achieve Financial Freedom through a list of options of  web based businesses   in Canada

Explore what Business and careers match these  

You may already have ideas about business and careers you might like to do in Canada– but your ideas are unlikely to be comprehensive. Use the Careers Managment Service  – and resources in this section of the website – to widen your ideas. Once you have a range of ideas, narrow down your options and think about how to make a decision. And remember, there are other options to applying for permanent jobs immediately, including:

 • Further study  

• Travelling  

• Volunteering  

• Internships (see travel and work)  

• Time out!