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What to do if You Can’t Find a Job in Canada

What to do if You Can’t Find a Job  in Canada

Is this you?

You are looking for a job in Canada. You’re facing at least one of the following obstacles, and it is starting to get tough:

  • You don’t have a work permit
  • Job prospects are sparse
  • You want a flexible work schedule
  • You are running out of money
  • You don’t know where to look next

What do you do?

If you live overseas looking for a job and have not been able to get hired by a company, it may be time for a different approach.

Here is a quick and easy answer that can open up many kinds of exciting and profitable opportunities for you:

Start thinking like a business owner   rather than a job hunter.

Set up your own consulting or freelance business, and start to scout for clients, not a job. Send out brilliant business proposals instead of résumés. Have business meetings with potential clients instead of interviews with potential employers.

Propose clever ideas for improving your client’s business. And when the time is right and your client is ready, name your price. They can accept it or reject it, but eventually you will probably end up negotiating the terms, just like you would when accepting a job offer.

Setting up your own business is not as hard as it sounds. And, it is a little-known trick to potentially getting around the work-permit issue – at least for a one-person business in the short run. (If you want to set yourself up as a corporation with more employees than just yourself, the process becomes more complicated but can be done with the help of lawyer.)  Plus, having your own business can open up worldwide opportunities, as well as multiple streams of income, which can lead to quick income as well as a flexible lifestyle.

Setting up your own business  is a perfect solution for trained professionals looking for ways to use their professional skills locally, on a full or part-time basis, and can be a particularly fitting solution for working mothers who want flexibility to care for the family while still enjoying professional fulfillment.

Thinking like a business owner can help you create your own exciting and profitable opportunity abroad in at least three ways:

1. Get Your Foot in the Door to a Company
By setting yourself up as a consultant or freelancer, you may also be able to sell yourself to a company. Instead of hiring you as a full-time employee, a company can hire you on a contract basis, which may be an advantage for both of you. In the future, you could be considered for a long-term position if one becomes available.

Additionally, in many countries the company might be able to avoid paying expensive social security and other taxes by hiring you as a consultant. This is a good negotiating point when you are trying to convince a company to hire you as a consultant.

2. Create a Portable Career
If you move from country to country every few months to every few years, you may desire a portable job and career that you can take with you wherever you go. You can do lots of interesting work from a laptop, including writing, website development, graphic design, software design, content development, research, translation work, business consulting and many other Internet-related jobs.

3. Be Inspired by other Business Entrepreneurs
Find out how other people are living, working and established business in Canada. If you hear ideas that strike your fancy, make contact with the folks and ask them for advice. One middle-aged korean couple buys and restores old farmhouses and rents them out to tourists. Another Colombian living in Vancouver gives seminars and workshops in photography and art. And one woman who lives in Newfoundland  permanently uses her graphic skills to design newsletters for clients in the United States. These people are living where they want and the way they want. And with a little ingenuity, you can too.
 

 
Marisol Diaz is  Business developer and author specializing in  helping clients create fulfilling and meaningful career opportunities for local and international trained professionals.  Get help creating your own exciting career opportunities in Canada with a step-by-step books and  guides, seminars and Workshops  such as “Steps to Starting Your Own Business” in Canada. Check also   Business, Jobs & Careers    products .

How to get a IT job in Canada?

How to get a IT job in Canada?

First off, what is your nationality – do you have citizenship to EEUU (USA)  or is your  country part of  NAFTA? If you do, then it’s easy to get a residence permit, which gives you the legal right to work in Canada.  From there, your past work experience will leave you fairly well-prepared to find work in  Canada. In fact, the IT sector is the industry that a large amount of foreigners find jobs in.

If you don’t have EEUU (USA) citizenship then you have a long journey ahead of you. You’ll need to first find a job, convince a reluctant Canadian employer to hire you because no other local is qualified to perform the job, and then start the residence permit application process. Only once this is granted can you actually begin work. You should note that the Canadas employ an incredibly restrictive, quota-based foreign immigration policy that only grants residence permits to, arguably, the incredibly healthy; the highly skilled and educated immigrant.

For more info, read the Visas for Canada  page.

 

Marisol Diaz is  Business developer and author specializing in  helping clients create fulfilling and meaningful international lives and careers.  Get help creating your own exciting career opportunities in Canada with a step-by-step books and  guides, seminars and Workshops  “Steps to Starting Your Own Business” in Canada. Check also   Business, Jobs & Careers    products .

Career Transition Advice for Canadian Immigrants

Helping people find their true calling

As a trained professional , you have made many personal and professional sacrifices to end up where you are today.  You worked hard in school, went into debt, accepted an offer, honed your expertise, and for many of you, even became a noted and sought after expert in your field.  There’s only one problem.  You’re not happy.  And you’re not alone.  Many trained profesionals  feel trapped in their positions but now require a higher salary, a bigger fee or non-commission-based revenue they have grown accustomed to.  For many, this scenario has been likened to golden handcuffs – tying you to a job you don’t really love, but one in which you have developed the expertise and where you are paid well for your advice.

I can reassure you that if you are committed to your own personal satisfaction and peace of mind, and have the tenacity to embark upon a new path, change is not only possible – it is doable.  Remember the Chinese symbol for fear is a combination of two other symbols:  danger and opportunity.  Use this time in your life as an opportunity to positively transition your career using some of the strategies below.

Tips for professionals in Transition

Following are some practical suggestions to help you assess different paths available to you as a traomed professional:

1.Determine What you Do Best – Manyh of the the skills you use every day as a  trained professional are extremely transferable.  Part of your dissatisfaction likely stems from doing work you don’t enjoy for people who may not appreciate your contribution.  Develop a list of skills and activities you enjoy (writing, mentoring others, providing sound advice to clients, leading your team, etc.) – as well as those you don’t (internal politics, working long hours, research, dealing with those who don’t appreciate or value you, etc.).  Now, review the list and reflect upon the fact that other professions will value and appreciate your best and highest level skills – and those skills are not limited to “just” being a (insert your career here).

2. Identify your Inner Circle – Create a list of your closest clients, contacts, friends, referral sources, business associates, community members, religious leaders; those whose advice you trust and respect.  Use this list to selectively and confidentially meet with your trusted advisors.  Tell them you are open to a change at this stage of your career.  Tell them what you enjoy doing most, and then be open to their ideas and suggestions.

3. Give Rainmaking a Shot – If you are unhappy in your practice, you are likely frustrated about your own perceived lack of marketing savvy.  Before you throw in the towel, develop and implement an individual marketing plan for yourself.  Whether you are a solo practitioner, mentor, an advisor in a small firm, or in a large firm, individual marketing is where the rubber meets the road for trained professionals.

4. Get some Professional Advice – If you are truly looking at making a career change, talk to a professional career counselor; preferably one who has successfully helped in your field of services make career transitions.

5.Consider a Personal Marketing Coach – If you choose #3 above, you might benefit from the focus, accountability, process, and expertise a marketing coach could bring.

6. Beef up your Resume – Regardless of whether or not you make a move now, it is always smart to keep your resume polished and up to date.

7. Create Representative Experience – Define your experience as a trained professional by category of experience.  Then, select the type of clients who best exemplify your work.   Create a brief summary of each engagement by stating: Type of Client, Client’s Issue, My Approach, Solution or Results Generated.  This is a great marketing tool as either an addendum to your resume, or to add to your professional biography.

8. Work your Network – During times of transition it is more important than ever to stay in touch with those in your network.  Make a point to attend events, schedule coffee or lunch, or in other ways to connect with your contacts.  Your next career opportunity will likely come through someone you already know!

9. View Transition as an Opportunity – Pat yourself on the back and acknowledge that many unhappy trained professionals never reach the point of seriously implementing any of the ideas above.  If you choose to, you will find happiness beyond serving as a trained professional, or, with a few adjustments, delivering trained profesional services the way you want to.For other resources and workshops aimed at  Business, employment and  career transition contact

 

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