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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.

Highlights  

•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.”

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Best way to approach Canadian Companies For Jobs

 These days its not what you know but who you know.

First of all in order to approach Canadian companies for work , you need to follow protocol for each company. I don’t recommend any job seeker the HR Manager directly. It’s better STAFFING organization, not Human Resources. They should apply directly via the company’s preferred way of receiving applications or reach out to the appropriate recruiter at the company. If they do contact the HR Manager or anyone else at the company out of the blue they could be hurting their chances of getting hired. Also, the person(s) applying should read the job description VERY carefully to ensure they are actually qualified.then and only then you should try to find someone who will endorse you that is inside of the company. Have that person approach HR or hiring manager. If the company is progressive, they will give employee referred candidates preference.

The following are the most succcesful aproaches tips:

Step 1: Research your Target Companies  

Start off by compiling a list of preferred companies that you wish to work for, but before you start cold-calling blindly you need to ensure that you have properly researched these companies. Find out who the appropriate line manager is that is responsible for the department in which you wish to work and also find out who the HR Manager or Recruitment Manager is within the organisation and see if you are able to connect with them directly on professional networks such LinkedIn.      

Step 2: Find out if your Target Company is hiring Don’t start calling until you are sure that the company is currently hiring and not retrenching. It would be most embarrassing if you were to call a manager or recruiter for potential openings when they are in the process of downsizing.      

Here are some tips on how to find out if the company is hiring:  

•Type the company’s name in on Google ‘Company Hiring’ or ‘Company Careers’ (use synonyms for Careers such as Vacancies, Opportunities, Employment etc).

•Visit the company’s website directly to see if they have a careers page and are advertising any opportunities or inviting CV’s.

•Visit popular job boards such as  workopolis.com or monster.com  and go to the ‘Who’s Hiring’ or companies directory page to see if the company is advertising on job sites.

•Look for the company’s overview or careers page on LinkedIn and see if they are promoting careers.

 •Search on YouTube or across the internet in general to see if the company has a recruitment video with instructions on how to send your CV.  

•Network with people within the company and ask them if they are aware of any openings. You can connect with people via niche industry portals or on social and professional networks.  

•See if the company has a FaceBook page which you can join so that you can be kept up to date on any hiring campaigns.      

Step 3: 

Get your CV in . The most obvious approach  to apply to job openings that you might have discovered and that meet your skills and expertise.  

Here are some suggestions on submitting your application:

•Be sure that you follow the company’s instructions for receiving applications exactly as they might reject your CV if it has come via an unspecified channel.

•Include a well thought-through cover note.  •Address the cover letter to the specific person (if possible).  

•Keep your CV to a minimum. You can inform them on your CV summary that you have a more comprehensive CV available should they require it. Be sure to highlight key skills and achievements as they relate specifically to the job you are applying to.  

•If the job advert asks for specific requirements to be met or to be included in either the cover note or CV, be sure to follow these instructions carefully.  

•Mention your availability for interviews as well as your availability to take up employment should you be successful.  •Take care to ensure that your CV is free from errors before submitting it.      

If you know of someone that is currently working for the company, contact them and ask them if they could endorse or recommend you. If you are connected to employees of the company through via a professional platform such as LinkedIn, you could ask them to refer you to the hiring manager.  

You may also want to consider contacting a recruitment agency that specialises in your industry and ask them to represent you by marketing your CV to the company that you want to work for.

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How to have a succesful job hunt in Canada

Job hunting is tough for new immigrants in Canada

Canada, 9th September: As per the figures revealed by Statistics Canada, nearly two-thirds of new immigrants having university degrees are finding it difficult to get jobs in the chosen field so many have resorted to self-employment.   And this is especially true for immigrants who don’t have the required work experience in their related field.   In the event of being without jobs in Canada, many immigrants, especially newcomers are forced to work on part-time jobs or lower-paid jobs in Canada, the report by StatsCan maintains.  

Getting a job

1. Getting the Job – It’s not WHAT you know it’s WHO you know

 Getting jobs is all about who you know, not what you know.  Yes, networking and connections are probably the best way to go about getting a job and reflect the best use of time. But networking and who you know need to be combined with a strong sense of what kind of jobs to pursue.

 Getting a job in the business world can be easier if you know people and have a social network.   Although, Canada government has been trying to help new immigrants by offering various employment courses like S.U.C.C.E.S.S.( for instance in B.C.(British Columbia program for immigrants), however, still several immigrants have to struggle a lot before landing a job in Canada.   The fact is that many immigrants arriving in Canada and deciding to stay and work here possess requisite skills, professional or university degrees and have good proficiency in English, but that does not get them a job in the respective field so they resort to self employment or business of their own.   A immigrant from Argentina, Veronica Grigio has a university degree in the field of anthropology, but she is currently working at the Italian Cultural Centre as a receptionist. She intends to get further education in Vancouver University to improve her chances of getting a job in Canada in medical anthropology.   She is not alone. In fact, there are several doctors who are currently working as cabbies in Canada and many engineers who work as cleaners while those having degree in anthropology are seen working at low paid jobs in Canada.   No wonder, the average weekly wage for immigrant workers in the age group of 25-54 years happens to be $2.28 an hour while that of Canadian born workforce in the same age group is around $23.72 an hour.

2. Start Early  

The experts agree that networking is not a last-minute effort, relationships take time to cultivate.  Even if they already have a job, or are committing to school full time, students should still look for new contacts with people in their field.

3. Network Online  

Students and seasoned professionals should look to online networking sites like LinkedIn or Facebook to help establish contacts.   LinkedIn allows users to see different levels of connectivity to other people (whether you’re a second or third connection to someone), which can help students reach out to people more directly than cold calling.

4. Stay in Touch 

Establishing contacts takes work, and it is the person’s responsibility to keep connections going. Staying in touch with people by keeping them apprised of what you’re doing, what your interests are, what skills you have developed, and what jobs or opportunities you are looking for.

 

Attend business functions such as networking business breakfast meetings, lunches, cocktail mixers and the like. Carry LOTS of business cards and practice your elevator speech (a short intro of yourself and your chosen field of expertise).

Join the Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau or other business related affiliation. Do you strive to be a freelancer? Join the Freelancer’s Union.

Keep checking  the newspaper for updated business listings, if someone got a promotion doing exactly what you would like to do, write them an email or a letter asking for advice or perhaps to setup a meeting and bring a writing tablet with you. They will most likely be very impressed that you had the gumption to put your best foot forward.

Remember, education is a great tool, but experience and knowing the right people is a must.

SUM UP?

Company want lots diplomas, experience, skills but they do not want to pay.

Getting jobs is all about who you know, not what you know. I have a friend who has 1 yr entry-level experience in a Colombian newspaper company, and she applied for an entry-level position at famous Toronto newspaper, and wasn’t even shortlisted for a phone interview (first step before in-person interview). I have another friend who barely passed undergrad, has no relevant work experience (just a couple of weak co-op terms), and got a job in that newspaper! right after graduation.
 

Jobs are not getting filled because Canadian companies are asking for the moon in qualifications and then those they do hire with those qualifications show they cannot do the job. They have not experience. Theory is one thing, putting it into practice is another. Canada is losing productivity because they are letting experienced people sit on the sidelines because they don’t have X,Y, or Z degrees. Some of the brghtest minds and richest people in the world don’t have degrees.  Doesn’t stop them from thinking and being creative and functioning well.  (we are not putting down highter education with this)  but education is not necessarily  a stepping stone to  a job.  Canadian companies need to smarten up or get lost in the rest of the world’s dust in the global marketplace.

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Canadian immigrants: How to be succesful through self-employment

 In the wake of declining opportunities of employment in Canada, a large number of immigrants, especially women immigrants, are quick to become self-employed.   

This has been revealed by the findings of a latest study by Statistics Canada.   Increasing self employment among female immigrants—The study findings show that although sons of immigrants in Canada are reluctant to become self-employed, but their sisters are showing increased tendency in this regard. The findings further stated that the rate of self-employment is considerably higher among immigrants as compared to their Canada born counterparts.   Rate of immigrants taking up self-employment is nearly five percent higher than that Canada born citizens, the findings assert. And this is especially true of second-generation females whose rate of self-employment is quite above than their moms. Among males, self-employment plunged by nearly two percent but went up by 2 percent among females.  

Self employment rate went up from 6 percent to 7 percent for Canada born females whose parents are immigrants. And the rate of self employment also zoomed to 7 percent from 5 percent for Canada-born moms having Canada-born parents. Canada-born fathers had a higher rate of self-employment as compared to the generation of their sons.   The study reiterates that Canada born males with immigrant parents in the ages between 25 and 44 years had low rate of self employment s compared to their immigrant parents around 25 years ago.   In the year 2006, self employment rate among Canada-born males with immigrant parents was 12 percent as compared to the self employment rate of 14 percent among immigrant fathers in the year 1981. Meanwhile, the number of Canada-born sons of Canada-born parents taking to self-employment is said to be 10 percent. In Canada  as a self-employed person, you must have relevant experience in cultural activities, athletics or farm management. You must also have the intention and ability to establish a business that will, at a minimum, create employment for yourself. You must make a significant contribution to cultural activities or athletics or purchase and manage a farm in Canada.  

  Fact Factors behing self-employment

Factors behind self-employment among new immigrants—Majority of  new immigrants find it difficult to get suitable jobs. And this pushes them to take up self-employment  or becoming an entreprenuer after coming to Canada. Normally, coming into Canada as an entrepreneur, you basically have to have lots of cash because they’re expecting you to start a business (and employ other Canadians). That is the main focus of immigration, it seems — how is your being there benefiting Canada. Nothing generates jobs like a thriving economy so some fields are always ‘hotter’ than others.  Below I offer a couple of links o the latest Canadian hottest occupations.

Canada Hottest  Occupations

In the early 2000’s  ( Click here to see some of Canada’s hottest jobs.).  Then by 2011 careers as technologists, technicians and technical specialists in applied sciences are the  growing tech rapidly in occupations including health, computer technology, telecommunications and various engineering and architectural support roles. Today or in 2012
you can find the Canadian 50 best-paying, highest-demand career choices here, but  there are more higher paying and stable jobs in Canada that are missing in these report specially when it comes to self employment or creating your own job. 

 

Canada Labor Market

Canada labor market is complaining about “lack of workers”…. while workers cant find jobs in Canada.   And this imbalance is affecting health of Canada labor market while they say that market is growing, companies are getting bigger and bigger, it is still really hard to find a good related position for a foreigner.   A large number of aboriginals and new immigrants can’t find good jobs. In such a scenario, they are looking up to become self-reliant by resorting to self-employment.  

Self-employment has increased significantly since the early 1990s, when less than 16% of the province’s workforce was self-employed. By 2008, nearly one in five workers in the BC province in Canada  for instance was self employed and in Ontario it’s  been having growing a bigger rate.  Being your own boss isn’t risk free.  It can be very satisfying, and in some cases, very lucrative, but there are a lot of self-employed people who don’t succeed in their endeavours. Those who do succeed often spend long hours, and invest a lot of time and effort into building up their business. It might not be the right choice for you, but self-employment is an option you should consider when planning your careerFind out about  entrepreneurial training and consultancy here

There is something incredibly empowering about Self employment or creating your own jobs or seizing control of your life and creating the job you want, rather than waiting for it to happen or waiting for someone to give it to you. You are no longer a passive viewer of the world, but someone actively changing it. You become your own boss, pursuing your own goals. That’s incredible.

Part of the reason it’s feasible now to create your own job is because the Internet makes it possible for us to market ourselves cheaply and sell goods and services without having a brick-and-mortar stores. This opens a world of opportunities. 

Most jobs are not getting filled because Canadian companies are asking for the moon in qualifications and then those they do hire with those qualifications show they cannot do the job. Theory is one thing, putting it into practice is another. Canada is losing productivity because they are letting experienced people sit on the sidelines because they don’t have X,Y, or Z degrees. Some of the brightest minds and richest people in the world don’t have degre4es–we are not bashing high or good education though– but you can have all the university degrees or titles in the World and if you have cero practice or experience? WHAT?  I tell you: you won’t help any company.  Education is the last part of the CV for a reason.  Not having a MBA or PH Doesn’t stop those of  the brightest and most succesful business  from thinking and being creative and functioning well. Canadian companies need to smarten up or get lost in the rest of the world’s dust in the global marketplace. Brake the mold and create your own job!

Study and Work in Canada

Study and Work in Canada  

You are considered to be an ‘international student’ if you come to Canada, on a temporary basis, for the purpose of pursuing an accredited course of study.  To study in Canada, international students require a study permit, and in some cases a temporary resident visa, issued by Canada immigration authorities outside of Canada.  

  For more information on what you need to secure permission to study in Canada, consult the website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  This same blog explains how study and work experience in Canada in some posts and what can make you eligible for permanent residence in Canada in the “Canadian Experience” category.      

Working while you are a student in Canada      

As an international student in Canada you can get a job which will allow you to earn money and valuable work experience too.   In fact the Government of Canada offers special kinds of work permits just for you. 

There are three ways to benefit from work opportunities:

   •If you are a full-time student you can work on  the university campus you are registered  for up to 20 hours per week as soon as your academic program begins.

•Once you have completed six months of full-time study, you can apply for an off-campus work permit.  Usually international centres at any given university conducts sessions about off-campus work permits twice a month.  Attendance is mandatory at one of these sessions if you are interested in applying for an off-campus work permit.

•As you approach graduation, you may consider working in Canada for up to three years through the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.  This program has  no restrictions on the location or the type of employment, and no requirement that you have a job offer before applying.  

  

These government programs require particular documentation and application processes. Our legal partners will help you to understand and navigate the system offering  Immigration Help Sessions year round.  

Canada: Immigrants Credentials Evaluation

Credentials evaluation

A great government tool to find more about your profession in Canada is www.WorkinginCanada.gc.ca, which will provide you with information on the licensing board that governs your profession in your provincial destination, or helpful information on your industry if it’s unlicensed.

Website (www.credentials.gc.ca), it clearly states “Qualifying to immigrate to Canada does not mean that your education, work experience and professional credentials are automatically recognized in Canada.”

The federal government can only do so much, because most of the power for credential recognition lies in each province, particularly for licensed professions. There is no magic bullet solution for credential recognition, but as the problem lingers, so does awareness and more employers and professional bodies are becoming better able to deal with assessing foreign credentials.
 
If you’re in a licensed profession, your next step is to contact the licensing board in your province (each province will have its own). The licensing board in question will be able to give you the details on how to get your current credentials evaluated, and then what you will need to accomplish to be licensed in that profession in Canada. You might need to take some additional courses, upgrade your training, take a bridging program or simply pass an examination. Consider that there will be costs involved with all of this as well.

If you are in a field that does not require a licence — i.e., a business manager, human resource manager or even a semi-skilled worker, you don’t have to go through the hassle of re-licensure and re-examination with a professional certification body. But you will still face challenges. You may even want to consider getting some additional Canadian schooling or professional development to add to your resumé.
Rembember

Despite all the barriers Canadian immigrants face in the labour market, there are many success strategies one can employ to get around them. From volunteering, mentorship and networking, to job shadowing and informational interviews, there are ways to get your foot into the door!