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Beware of Scams Targeting Newcomers to Canada

2020-01-01T12:52:06-05:00

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay After speaking to one of our mentors, I thought it would be useful to write about common scams going on in Canada. In particular, several scams are targeting newcomers who are looking for their first job. Please be careful when applying to jobs and interacting with different people you meet online! Here's a message I received recently. Read it carefully and think: would I apply to this job? From: Helena M. Subject: HR Representative Job Greetings! We reviewed your resume. You are an excellent candidate for our position. If you are [...]

Beware of Scams Targeting Newcomers to Canada2020-01-01T12:52:06-05:00

Should I Get a Survival Job?

2019-12-17T23:35:32-05:00

You've been in Canada for a few months now. You have a place to live and have become accustomed to your surroundings. However, the work picture for your profession looks bleak. You've applied to many jobs in your field, took some courses, did some networking, and perhaps had a few interviews, but nothing has materialized as a temporary or full-time employment. The bills keep coming, and your savings are decreasing faster than you had thought... so now you're faced with the decision of whether or not you should take a survival job to make ends meet until an opportunity in [...]

Should I Get a Survival Job?2019-12-17T23:35:32-05:00

Newcomer to Canada? Here’s some advice for you – PART 2

2019-12-24T15:32:52-05:00

In PART 1 we described some basic aspects of getting acquainted with the Canadian culture and job market. In this portion we'll dig a little deeper on different things you can do to get a job in Canada. There's no magic formula, but these actions will definitely help! General advice on job hunting Recognize that looking for a job takes a lot of hard work... looking for a job is a full-time job. It takes time and therefore patience. Develop a clear idea of what your dream job is and what you really want to achieve professionally. What are your [...]

Newcomer to Canada? Here’s some advice for you – PART 22019-12-24T15:32:52-05:00

Webinar: Debunking the ‘No Canadian Experience’ Myth

2019-12-10T11:11:17-05:00

The concept of ‘No Canadian experience’ is a myth perpetuated by those who know you will admit it and then walk away. The next time you hear such a statement, counter that notion with solid reasons why employers could benefit from the diverse skills and talents you have as well the value of your international experience. This webinar helps you identify strategies to overcome your lack of Canadian experience. It focuses on the value you will bring to employers and why your international experience is a competitive advantage. It offers insights on how to refocus your resume, cover letter, and [...]

Webinar: Debunking the ‘No Canadian Experience’ Myth2019-12-10T11:11:17-05:00

Mentoring Session with TD Bank Volunteers

2019-12-15T23:09:01-05:00

On April 15, we hosted a special mentoring session and panel discussion with four representatives from the Human Resources department of TD Bank. Approximately 30 newcomers to Canada interested in the financial sector attended this two-hour event, held at Metro Hall in Downtown Toronto. At the end we gave a small token of appreciation to the four volunteers from TD. Thank you CarrieAnn from the Global Benefits department for all your help on the TD side in making this possible! THANK YOU also to our volunteers who made this a great success! Arcelia Camacho, Project Manager Madara Balode, [...]

Mentoring Session with TD Bank Volunteers2019-12-15T23:09:01-05:00

Newcomer to Canada? Here’s some advice for you – PART 1

2019-12-09T22:29:06-05:00

This text was originally written by an immigrant from India. We adapted it to include views for anyone preparing to come to Canada in the next few months, or who has recently landed. Please note that the advice is mainly for people who come to English-speaking provinces, especially when we talk about Language and Communication. As you know, both English and French are official languages, so Canada has two distinct societies, the English-speaking and the French-speaking. French Canadians, and especially the Québécois (citizens of Quebec) have a very strong sense of cultural identity. On the other hand, the English-speaking Canada [...]

Newcomer to Canada? Here’s some advice for you – PART 12019-12-09T22:29:06-05:00

Spring-Summer Activities 2018

2019-12-09T22:49:13-05:00

Finally the warm weather is here to stay, so we thought of organizing activities to get out of the house! When landing in a new country it's hard to develop new relationships and most people don't know where to start. Even if you have been living in Canada for quite some time, or all your life, it's always refreshing to meet new people. Your personal network is not just the people you meet through work, but also the people with whom you interact in casual settings. We would like to help this process by offering some informal activities that are [...]

Spring-Summer Activities 20182019-12-09T22:49:13-05:00

What should I know about phone interviews?

2019-12-09T22:12:02-05:00

Written by Arcelia Camacho, PMP This article was originally published in the PrepCan, online pre-arrival employment services website, https://prepcan.ca/ Also known as a screening interview, phone interviews are used by employers and recruiters to short-list you for an in-person interview. During a phone interview, you answer questions about your relevant work experience, qualifications, and salary expectations for the job. When and why are phone interviews used? Phone interviews are often used as the first step of the hiring process for the following reasons: They are a cost-effective method for companies to short-list candidates. The telephone interview [...]

What should I know about phone interviews?2019-12-09T22:12:02-05:00

How Can a Volunteering Experience Benefit my Career in Canada?

2019-12-08T11:27:01-05:00

Written by Arcelia Camacho, PMP This article was originally published in the PrepCan, online pre-arrival employment services website, https://prepcan.ca/ You have heard it before. Volunteering is a way to acquire work experience in Canada and even to get a job. While volunteering might not guarantee you a job, it could significantly improve your probabilities when you follow these simple tips. 1. Look for a position with similar responsibilities to the job you are seeking Identify organizations that have a structured volunteering department and recruitment process. Apply only to roles with responsibilities close to the ones you want in [...]

How Can a Volunteering Experience Benefit my Career in Canada?2019-12-08T11:27:01-05:00

How to Write a Resume that Gets You Job Interviews

2019-12-26T12:01:00-05:00

Written by Arcelia Camacho, PMP This article was originally published in the PrepCan, online pre-arrival employment services website, https://prepcan.ca/ The purpose of your resume is to get a job interview. That is why your resume has to be tailored to the job description, achievement-oriented, and error-free. Here’s how you can write a resume that gives the employer confidence in inviting you to interview. Gather your keywords. When you read the job description, write down the keywords that are used most often, and then include them in your work experience bullet points. Hiring managers and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) [...]

How to Write a Resume that Gets You Job Interviews2019-12-26T12:01:00-05:00

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