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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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How to get in touch with ‘real’ Canadian employers?

Question in Detail:  Dears,  I have got Canadian immigrant visa, and I plan to come to Canada in November 2012. At the moment, I am in process of finishing a project in Yemen for a multinational. I have over 7 years of experience in managing IT, Logistics projects, and operations managmenet in 4 different countries. Of course, I would looking for work in my areas of expertiese mentioned above. I have sent my CV through a few online job portals, but haven’t received any response. I am wondering if that’s the best way to find work in Canada. Can somebody please help me with 1. determining if I can arrange a job before arrival to Canada? 2. what is the best way to approach companies (oil and gas for instance) 3. are there any job agencies that can put me in touch with companies or businesses (I am ready to pay for their service). Thanks very much in advance for help. S.

Re.

You have the million dollar question or the four  more requested  questions !

1.  Best way to find work in Canada

2.  Arrange a job before arrival to Canada

3.  Best way to approach companies

4.  Job agencies that can put me in touch with companies or businesses

Best way to find work in Canada

Want to work in Canada?

Non-Canadians can become eligible to work in Canada by becoming a Permanent Resident of Canada or obtaining a temporary work permit:

The best way to get a job now is the same as in the ’70s and the ’80s—word of mouth. ”HR and managers are too picky or too precise with candidates. However, I think there are a couple of things that could help job-seekers that go beyond networking.  1) Be willing to accept a job at a lower salary and outside of your field, you can always move up (or out) once you prove your skills and build a reputation/references 2) Similarly, try to get in with a company that develops their employees and promotes from within.

Another super trick is to do the online application, wait a week, then call the HR dept. Ask them when they are starting to schedule interviews. Call back on that date and say, “I am calling to schedule my interview.” Be proactive, in other words. Always ask about the next step.

Non-Canadians can become eligible to work in Canada?

 Permanent Residents

•   Permanent resident status can be obtained independently or, in some cases, with the help of an employer •    Permanent residents have the same rights and freedoms as Canadian citizens (with a couple of exceptions). They may work for any employer in Canada and may stay in Canada indefinitely.

Foreign Workers Requiring Work Permits

•   Require a job offer and employer assistance to obtain a temporary work permit

•    Can obtain a work permit through one of many ways that vary according to citizenship and the job

•    May apply to become Permanent Residents
The chances of obtaining a work permit increase according to demand for your skills in Canada. Skills shortages are determined by local labour market information and needs. Generally, people with specialized skills which are in short supply in are sought after and will have an easier time with the application process.

What are my chances? There are a number of programs that may make the work permit application process faster and easier for the employer, making it easier for them to get you to Canada.

NAFTA Professionals Citizens of the US and Mexico may be eligible for a work permit under the provisions of NAFTA. NAFTA applies to certain professionals meeting certain education and experience requirements. If you fit the criteria and have a job offer from a Canadian company, this may be a good option for you. You may even be able to apply for this work permit upon entry to Canada (at the airport or border crossing) with the right documentation in hand.

Expedited Labour Market Opinion (E-LMO) program    If your occupation falls within one of these categories, your employer may apply for an expedited labour market opinion. The regular labour market opinion process (not expedited) can take up to six months. The expedited process can be as quick as two weeks. The first step is for your employer to apply to become eligible for the program. These applications are made to a government department called Service Canada. Once they have offered you the position, they apply for the E-LMO. Service Canada then produces a document called the Labour Market Opinion which you then use to apply for the work permit itself.

BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

If your long-term goal is to become a permanent resident of Canada, then this may be an option to investigate. Your employer must be willing to sponsor you for permanent resident status. They must make you a permanent job offer and must meet the criteria to be an eligible employer. Your occupation must be either in management, a skilled professional, or in the skilled trades. The process has multiple stages, including:

1.    BC PNP application (joint application between you and the employer) 2.    Application for a work permit (processing times will vary depending on your citizenship and whether or not you also need a visa to travel to Canada)
3.    Application for permanent residence. Step 1 will take six to eight weeks and after step 2, you may begin working in Canada. You can make the application for permanent residence after your arrival in Canada and, if all moves smoothly, become a permanent resident within the next year. Occupations under Pressure If your occupation is considered an occupation under pressure, the employer will need to prepare less documentation to prove they have been unable to find a Canadian or permanent resident to fill the position. The shortages in these occupations are documented and already known. The processing time for applications (called a Labour Market Opinion) under this program are still quite long — approximately six months. The application process may begin once you’ve been offered the position or possibly already be underway. Once approved, Service Canada produces a document called the Labour Market Opinion which you then use to apply for the work permit itself.  Also note that your credentials must be recognized by the relevant professional association or regulatory body, if applicable. There may be a registration process to ensure you can officially work in your profession.
The work permit application process in Ontario

To work anywhere in Canada, you need to get a social insurance number (SIN) from Human Resources and Social Development Canada.

You don’t need a work permit if you’re a permanent resident. You do need a temporary work permit if you’re staying and working just a short time or seasonally in Ontario.

In some situations, students are able to work while studying and after graduating.  If you plan on working temporarily in Ontario after you graduate, you will need a work permit.   

Obtain an Application for Work Permit

Here you can read more info that can  determine how to find a job in Ontario
The work permit application process in Canada has grown longer (especially in BC and Alberta) but it is still a relatively transparent and easy to understand process. Understanding the basics will help you and your potential employer plan for the best option and hopefully get you here and working (happily) quickly.

Arranging a job before arrival to Canada

How to get pre-arranged employment in  Canada?

The role of your research is always being important if do correct research according to your desire then you always find correct. The second most important aspect that your curriculum vista and resume should be prepared affective that can be able to find something interesting for the employer and it should reached in correct hand. During searching job you would have enough information about the company that will help you in an interview.

The second best way to find a job in Canada  is through job search networking specially using the internet. Remember this: your ability to network to locate jobs is an important career skill to master. The internet  it is a great tool to be used in conjunction with other job search methods. There is still nothing like the old fashioned person to person networking. Creating a real life relationship is the best way to find a job.

FACTS

Don’t confused buying an AEO with arranged employment. Canadian High Commissions (CHC) is not stupid, in most cases dependen where you from they are refused.  Over 75% in ND and Hong Kong for AEO applicants.  Unlikely that you would get your money back if they promised you that.

In order to be considered for Arranged Employment, you must include the necessary documents (e.g., HRSDC confirmation) with your SW application at its time of submission. In other words, if you need the extra points (and/or the requirement for sufficient settlement funds to be waived), you must obtain and confirm an offer of indeterminant, full-time employment, within a Designated Occupation (for which your skills match), prior to considering a Skilled Worker application.

Now here´s the kicker – most Canadian employers will not consider hiring foreign nationals without status in Canada, as there are (typically) enough locals to fill the vacancies. However, if you have a unique skill set (particularly if you are in the IT industry), and/or a friend (or family member, friend of family member, etc) in a position to offer you arranged employment in Canada, then you may be one of the (very) lucky few who are able to make such arrangements.

More likely, this option of arranged employment is nothing more than a pipe dream, and you would be better off improving your score through some other means (e.g., improving your language skills, upgrading your education, etc), and/or increasing your net worth (please keep in mind that home equity, in many cases, can be considered when assessing one´s available settlement funds), rather than chasing this dream (sorry).

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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!

Canada Employee Sponsored visas

Canadian Company Sponsorship

These work visas are designed for Canadian Companies  that are able to recruit highly skilled workers either from overseas or from people temporarily in Canada where an employer has been unable to fill their recruitment needs from the Canadian labour market or through their own training efforts. There are both temporary visa options and permanent visa options. Below is an outline of these visas:

Temporary Sponsorship Options
Canadian businesses that need to have their skilled positions filled but cannot find workers from within the Canadian labour force, can sponsor personnel from overseas on a temporary basis, to work in  Canada for up to 4 years.

The most common visa available under the temporary arrangements is:

Sponsorship by Canadian or overseas businesses
There are 3 steps in the application process to bring in temporary overseas staff:

Sponsorship
Business sponsorship approval must be obtained by the business wishing to sponsor overseas workers. The business demonstrates that it is of good standing, shows the benefits of an overseas employee, and provides adequate training plans and expenditure. Employers are required to meet a number of undertakings in relation to the sponsored employee.   For instance  licensed  lawyers will personally meet with the  Canadian Employer and provide any documentation required for the process.   License Canadian lawyers  will compile and professionally submit the application by mail.  Oline applications would  only be safe within Canada , as this  method of application could provide quicker processing times.

Nomination
The nomination must relate to an occupation that meets a minimum skills threshold covering managerial, professional, associate professional and trade occupations.  Check  for instance (BC PNP) . An occupation is selected and you need to meet the correct qualifications and work experience that pertains to that occupation. There are criteria applicable for the nomination and licensed lawyers will provide the information required to both the Canadian company and the nominee to ensure that a comprehensive application is submitted.

Visa Application
The overseas skilled employee that is nominated must apply for a visa to enter and remain in  Canada. The application will need to demonstrate that they have the skills and qualifications applicable to the nominated occupation. Other criterion needs to be met and licensed migration lawyers will provide the required information to the applicant and will professionally compile and submit the application by mail or in person  for priority processing.

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