Archive for October, 2012

ESL – Language Travel (Canada)

Learn English in Canada

 There is little chance of coming across leather-clad hunters, dancing Inuits or woodland caribou in the vicinities of Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver. But it is enough to make your way along the straight roads to discover the Canada of legends. A corner of the world sculpted by and for adventurers. From these myths, metropolitan Canada conserves the hospitality of the pioneers and the warmth of those who know the cold.
If you are looking for an English course in Canada, you’ve come to the right place. We are one of the world’s leading language travel agencies and offer a wide range of ESL Englishand French courses in Canada.
 
A hugely diverse and just generally huge country, Canada is an ideal destination to learn English. Our partner language schools in Canada are internationally recognised for the standard of their teaching. This means that, whatever your current level of English, our team can direct you to a destination that is right for your needs.
 
With our packages, you will learn English in Canada in the environment that is right for you. Our staff are highly trained and regularly visit our partner English schools in Canada to ensure that you get the right standard of teaching, accommodation and interaction with the local community.
 
Immersion language study means that you will learn both inside and outside of the classroom. There is no better place to test out your new skills and vocabulary than in a native English-speaking environment and Canada’s anglophone (or bilingual) cities are perfect examples, where the locals are friendly and welcoming to visitors from around the world.
 
Learn ESL English in Canada  and find out why over half of our students come to HC through a personal recommendation.

 

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How To Find A Job In Toronto Today

Need to know how to find a job in Toronto?

There are jobs available throughout the province, but finding a job in Toronto can be a challenge when the economy is struggling. To find a job in Toronto, you will need to be persistent.  The first step in finding a job in Toronto is getting organized. Write down your goals, your experience, the types of jobs you are qualified for and what type of jobs you want to pursue. Write your resume, or if you already have a resume, make sure it is current. Your resume should include past dates of employment, job titles and a brief description of each job you have held. If you have sent off several resumes and you have not received any responses, you may want to rewrite your resume.

Write a cover letter that you can use as a template. Each cover letter you send should be brief and written to target the available position. Take the time to rewrite the cover letter for each position because it is the first impression your future employer will have of you. Try to find out the name of the person who will receive your cover letter and resume and address the cover letter to that person. It is well worth the time it takes to send a targeted cover letter that is not generic. Alternatively, you can upload your resume to employment websites. Create, or update, social networking profiles. Tell your friends, family, church members, club members and others that you are looking for a job. Chances are that someone you know may be able to help you find one. Search the websites of companies that are located in Toronto that you would like to work for and fill out an application. If an application is not available online, call the human resources department of the company in question and ask if they have job openings and if you may send your resume. Also search the state, county and city government websites for openings. Read the classified section of Toronto newspapers. You can also check out internet classified sites for jobs in the different cities and towns of Toronto. Be sure to tailor your search so that you see results for the fields you are looking for.   If you find that you do not have the skills for the jobs that you want, consider going back to school to learn the skills that are needed. Stay optimistic and keep sending out resumes. You will eventually find a job in Toronto that you want.  

 

How To Get A Job In Ontario Today

Are you wondering how to get a job in Ontario?

Visiting Ontario to explore the business and lifestyle opportunities available to you and your family is strongly recommended.

Ontario’s large and diverse economy offers prospective entrepreneurs a wide range of business options. Assessing the business climate first hand can be an excellent way to start your research.

Ontario also offers newcomers lots of choice in where to live. Whether you are interested in a large, cosmopolitan centre, a medium-sized city or a small town or rural area, Ontario has a location to suit your needs. Learn more about communities in Ontario.
Ontario is a very competitive and expensive province. The city of Toronto for instance  is filled with foreign employees, as its main multicultural hub,  such as those from other USA or  EU countries, or those from Commonwealth countries like  Australia or NZ. To successfully get a job in Ontario, you will need to make sure you are fully prepared before you arrive.  

  • Get a work visa. Unless you were born in USA,  England or hold an EU passport or live in a Commonwealth country with a grandparent from England, you will need to obtain a work visa to enter and to  get a job in Canada. Contact your nearest consulate to start your application.
  • Obtain a Social Security number. Your Social  Security number is similar to a National  Insurance number. You will need it to pay taxes and make  Social Security contributions. Contact the Services Canada to get an SI number.Get yourself a mailing address. Employers require you to provide an address to have on file. Make sure you have your accommodations sorted out before you arrive in Ontario. Since hotels are expensive in Ontrio, consider checking the internet or a local Ontario newspaper for cheap accommodations.
  • Obtain a local phone number. If you already own a GSM phone, simply buy a local SIM card. If not, consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone when you arrive in Ontario. Make a CV (curriculum vitae). A CV is similar to a resume. It is one to two pages in length and is a summary of your employment history, skills and education. Also consider to join or opening accounts with  Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter to use as online portafolios and network.
  • Start the job hunt. Consider checking local Ontario newspapers like “The Toronto Star” or ” The Globe and Mail”  for job want ads. Also check job websites that cater to Toronto or the city you going to . You will also find job listings at local council job centers, or you could join a recruitment agency. One example of a popular Ontario temp agency is Adecco.
  • Consider opening a current account (similar to a checking account) at a local bank. Once you’ve found a job, you will need a bank account as most CND employers like to pay directly into your account.

Information to assist in planning your trip to Ontario including hotel listings with on-line booking options, calendar of events and information on local amenities is available at Ontario Tourism and Tourism Toronto.

Use your exploratory trip to learn about the business climate, meet appropriate contacts and experience first-hand Ontario’s high quality of life.

Study-Work options for English Language or ESL Students in Canada

Yes you can, But it is not going to be easy, The overseas job market is a tricky one and whether you find a job there or not depends on how good you are. So before anything else you need to assess your own capabilities. And you need to be honest about this assessment. See what category(ies)  you fit into:

1. Type A – Highly academic – Will have a Masters degree or above. Perhaps, even a PhD.or will be called a Geek at some point in life. talk about the theory of relativity like you and I will talk about the cricket score. May not have a very high degree of English skills, but will have adequate to get around and get his work done.

2. Type B – The real go getter – Extremely confident, excellent English skills including spoken and written, may not have a high qualification but would have a degree at the minimum, would have been called a wheeler-dealer or glib talker at some point in life, would be willing to start low in the organisation Knowing fully well, he can claw his way up quickly through his street smartness.

3. Type C – Average Joe – The name says it alli.e., average in pretty much everything but an overpowering desire to go abroad.

4. Type D – Middle age blues – Will be between late 20s or late 30s. Has this persistent feeling that life somehow has given a raw deal and going abroad will fix the problem especially the monetary aspect. Will also suffer from feeling of inadequacy about not creating or having grabbed opportunities in the past. Will exhibit or at some point in time would have had qualities of type A, B or C.

5. Type E – Desi boy – Very desi, poor communications skills but again like average Joe has an overpowering desire to go abroad.  

 

Now depending on which category you fall into your overseas job chances are as follows:  

1. Type A will find a job without a problem if they diligently apply for jobs especially if they have qualifications and experience in high technology areas. They need to be focused on where they are applying. Generic job sites will not be very effective as much as focused research to find out opportunities on company websites who are seeking specific team members. But sometimes you can hit pay dirt from a general jobsite as well. It’s a known fact that many companies especially, Technology firms cannot find specialised people and encourage their governments to create ‘skills shortage lists’ so that talent can be attracted. So you have a very good chance and it’s imperative you use the net to search the skills shortage list of the country you intend to go to. If your qualification and work experience is listed then you have a very good chance. Then you really start the research and send your CV to targeted companies or job sites/agencies. You don’t need a local Canadian  ‘consultant’ who will essentially do the same thing that I am suggesting i.e. send your CV to many job sites abroad and may not have the inclination to do specific search suited to your profile. The thing is these consultants will charge you a bomb for work that you can essentially do yourself if you set aside an hour every day. Simply follow the steps I outlined. If this approach fails go for another Masters or PhD and then use this as a pathway towards eventual job. If you choose the study to work pathway please use  HC.

2. Type B can also find a job but, they will not have the same success as type A. Mainly because type B will have qualifications that will not be in the skills shortage lists of many countries. They do not need BA, B.Com types and unfortunately our dashing type B will have only one of these. Or worse they will have an Engineering degree that will technically fall into a skills shortage but they struggled through the engineering course with many backlogs and the only use they can put a Vernier Callipers now is to check the size of their drink in the absence of a peg measure! So these guys will need to find their way into the country and then use their charm to find a job. One way of doing it is to see if they qualify for immigration under the points system prevalent in many countries which is being changed in Canada and specially for international students. This will essentially lead to a work-to-residency sort of permit.  Obviosly this will be easier to get if you have a spouse who is also qualified. That gives additional points. The other way is to try and get a visitor visa and then once you land there look around for a job and apply for a regular work permit. But getting a visitor visa is not as easy as it sounds and also there will be a reasonable amount of struggle to find a job on a visitor visa as most employers will be apprehensive to employ you while you are on a visitor status. But it can work. One word of caution-DO NOT overstay if you are on a visitor visa.  Canada Immigration officers HATE overstayers and you can also get into legal trouble and even be jailed.  We would never promote any illegal inmigration to Canada.  An easier option is to go for a Masters or specific Diploma and then use this as a pathway towards eventual job. If you choose the study to work pathway please use HC.

3. Type C – It is always a struggle for this type unless they make a valiant attempt to change their circumstances especially qualification and communication. I would suggest getting into a local course for language as well as some technical qualification like IELTS, etc and then attempt  for TOEFL path. That’s pretty  the best advice I can give. A much better way they can utilise is through the study-to-work pathway which will also give the average Joe time to improve on communication and social skills during the stint as a student. If you choose the study to work pathway please use HC.

4. Because type D exhibit traits of A,B or C it is best to decide which type you exactly are and then attempt to do what is suggested.

5. Type E are better off staying home and doing something locally as they will otherwise be exploited rather cruelly even if they manage to smuggle themselves into a country. Sadly these are the people who are exploited by the people smugglers and also the unscrupulous education agents who enable them to go abroad through fakes documents, etc. But once they reach there they are completely lost because they simply cannot cope with the environment unless they already have some family or friends there. But these are the type most likely to actually degenerate into a second graded life after the initial euphoria of being in ‘phoren’ evaporates. Their problem can be curbed by curbing the unscrupulous agents.

I hope that helps. If you choose the study to work pathway please use HC. Otherwise, best wishes and do not hesitate to write to me for further advice at 

hineni_inquiries (at)mail(dot)com   Best Wishes,

Miriam Iom  Managing Director Hineni Communications

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