HOW TO INCREASING
BEFORE COMING TO CANADA
The fact of getting a
visa as a “skilled worker”
doesn’t imply that you will get a good job in this Country. You go through a
required score system, which is just a preventive and selection measure based on
the information you turn in. It is almost sure that nobody is waiting for you to
give a you a decent job.
Many newcomers are
successful. Many others are – and will be – frustrated when they try to find a
job easily and are unable to do so. It is no easy task, as finding a good job is
difficult even for well educated native Canadians. There is some assistance, but
there is no guarantee of a good level job position.
You must know that
skilled workers and professionals, need a level and knowledge assessment in most
cases (of the ones brought from their countries of origin) for them to be
recognized and homologated in Canada by the professional councils that certify
that the knowledge and experience you have are equivalent to the ones here.
Before you apply, you
must assess your transferable
skills, essential to find a
job position in Canada.
You may find out that you need special training, or some technological upgrade
in your career, or you may want to change your path in your profession. In some
cases a low level of English may be a problem, and you will need an overall
improvement to achieve adequate communication skills.
On the other hand, you
should learn enough about the immigration process, adaptation and job searches.
You should know about the obstacles and limitations to get a job before hand,
you must know what it is expected from you as worker, how to get a job, and many
other related aspects of you life as a new comer in
In conclusion, if you
want to be successful in your immigration project to Canada and get a better
future for your family, YOU MUST know the challenges, difficulties and
opportunities you will find on your way, and should mainly HAVE A PLAN, concrete
and organised, of activities TO DEVELOP, focusing on your goal. You must study
English, as much as possible and take technical upgrade courses in your country,
before and during the period of application for your visa, and perform other
related activities before coming. If you choose the uncertain path of coming
with no planning, preparation or research on these subjects,
you future will be uncertain.
To help you to plan
your immigration process to Canada,
we have prepared a PLAN thoroughly, which has been followed and tried
successfully by other Professionals and Skilled Workers in their moving and job
searches in Canada.
This PLAN is found in
Chapter # 8, THE PLAN.
● NO CANADIAN
There are several ways
of getting some Canadian experience for Professionals and skilled workers to
write in their résumés.
One way is
volunteer and offer
yourself to work for free for a short time in a company in a job position where
you could perform successfully. That practice will make you confident in what
you expect from your performance and will provide you with some contacts with
other people in your field.
Another way is applying
for an internships to
get experience in your field. You can get this kind of practice by looking for
direct contact with some companies. Your letter asking for an internship must be
clear regarding your aims and on what you may offer the company. You must
include your résumé, where your educational details and job experience will be
highlighted, especially those that may be relevant for that company. Make sure
your résumé, and application letter are read through and analysed by experts
before sending them.
As hundreds of people
from all over the world arrive in
everyday , it is necessary to persuade your possible employers that you are
efficient to do a job, and an honourable, intelligent, reliable, adaptable and
easygoing person. Saying that is not enough, you will have to prove it with
sound examples and references about your experience, and talk of your best
achievements. You must get organised, write your memories, and rehearse what you
would say in an interview. Even though you may have some limitations in your
command of English, if you organise your script and practise it many times, you
will improve your performance in interviews and you will see the good results
To work as VOLUNTEER or to get an INTERNSHIP you
should to take a job preparation course for newcomers, in the
training centres recommended in this book website.
As a newcomer, you may
face the disadvantage of lacking of a good
that is to say, a net of friends or acquaintances who may refer you to possible
employers. You will have to start building your own networking by meeting more
people, enrolling on courses and diverse activities, knowing your community, and
joining sport, cultural, or professional groups, etc.
● LANGUAGE DIFFICULTIES
The best way of
learning English are the courses LINC o ESL with instructors, and by the
constant practice in everyday life. TV, and radio broadcasts will help you
improve your listening comprehension abilities, reading magazines and newspapers
improve your grammar and reading comprehension. The mastery of a language is an
ability that requires time to be acquired. If you have a real interest, by the
daily usage, the use of dictionaries and books, and the true desire to improve,
you will reach the necessary level to communicate efficiently at work in a short
It is advisable to get
the assistance of experienced qualified people to be competitive and skilful in
the preparation of resumes, cover letters, interviews and in the different
stages in the job search. If you have difficulty in defining your technical
abilities or your job profile, look for the advice of a professional career
counsellor who will advise you according to the Canadian Job market. There are
many agencies offering training courses and group support for newcomers, in
order to get confident and self-assured while you get the advise of those who
know the Canadian environment.
ASSESS YOURSELF AND WRITE
YOUR JOB PROFILE
Before you start
looking for a job, moreover, even before applying for a visa to live in
Canada, you should honestly and clearly assess
your abilities, interests, education and aims. Independently from the fact that
the Canadian government may give you a permanent resident visa, you must be sure
about your own job skills and abilities, which you will offer to Canadian
Remember that having a
technical education and job experience in a certain field is an essential
requirement to come to Canada
as a Skilled Worker. Moreover, the basis of the immigration system is to bring
people who have experience and
that will allow them to integrate into the Canadian job market and facilitate
the progress of the country.
Although a technical
university degree and some years of job experience may give you the opportunity
to come to Canada,
they don’t ensure you a job like the one you had in your country. Owing a degree
in your country doesn’t guarantee that you will work as a professional in
Canada. For example, some engineers wrongly
believe that they will get a job just because they say that they are engineers.
In reality, they may not even be able to identify themselves as such, or sign
documents as engineers until they don’t get the certification and homologation
of their degree by the Canadian engineer professional council. However, there
are many occupations in industries that may be taken by engineers or technicians
with no need for a license, where what the employer requires is a certain extent
of experience, knowledge, and the necessary hard and soft skills.
As a professional or
skilled worker newcomer in
you may find out that you are not immediately able to work in the same field or
occupation than in your country. The importance of recognising your own
necessary to perform a certain job, may be useful for a different job or
Statistics show that about an 80% of
professionals who come to
end up working in non qualified occupations and many in crafts that
are not related to their profession. Moreover, it is against the
Canadian law identify yourself as engineer, doctor or lawyer,
although you may have a degree from your country, if you have no
ASSESS YOUR ABILITIES AND TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
should know and assess you own abilities and skills, know what you want, what
you would like to do, and above all,
what you have to offer a
Canadian company or employer. It is also time to revise your own goals and to
take technical upgrade or training courses in any area of your interest, if
Make an inventory of your main
transferable abilities and skills. Think of your past experience and analyze how
you could transfer them into the Canadian market. These are some of the many
examples of transferable skills:
situations, events, problems or data
equipment or information
Math computations or risk assessments
objects or buildings
artistic creations, inventions, new ideas,
products or systems, using computer and CAD
costs, money, physical space.
INSPECTING OR EXAMINING,
physical objects, products,
engineering drawings, technical
terminology, other language.
information, causes, sequence of events
MEETING THE PUBLIC,
receptionist, salesperson, product
equipment, machines or vehicles.
equipment or activities.
equipment, furniture, vehicles, accessories,
obtaining information from libraries, internet, surveys.
products, ideas, houses, cars
formal or informal, your own language, etc.
equipment, situations, productions.
measuring, engineering, medical or
you made the inventory of your “transferable
make a list of the most outstanding skills that make you a good candidate for
the job you would like to do.
This evaluation will
help you assess you education, experience, interests, employability skills, etc,
and will be useful to know whether you are ready to start your job search in
Canada or if your plan will need some adjustments and more preparation time.
STAGES FOR YOUR OWN SELF-ASSESSMENT
CONSIDER YOUR OWN
to the previous point, state which are the main personal characteristics you
have, which are essential for being successful in certain occupations. You
should know which essential features are most required for the employers in your
area. This knowledge will be really useful when you search in what industrial
sectors you may be employed.
MAKE A LIST OF YOUR ACADEMIC
RECORD, EXPERIENCE AND TRANSFERABLE SKILLS.
Assess the list critically to state what
training you may be missing. How updated your technical knowledge in your area
is, etc. Write what upgrade or training you would need to be competitive in your
field, to give your career a new whole direction. Look for information, check
the requirements for the certification of your qualifications, its restrictions,
and the most desirable job profile for Canadian employers.
MAKE A LIST WITH YOUR COURSE
OF ACTION. The best way to
make sure you will achieve your goal is to make a plan in several stages. You
should focus on levelling the most relevant weak points. Set realistic aims and
devote you effort, money and time to reach them, especially English, and
Technical upgrading courses. Your future, and your family’s future in
will depend to a great extend on the effort you make in this regard.
Identifying your skills
and abilities is an essential part of the whole process. You should be aware of
your own skills, and you will have to show you have the necessary knowledge and
abilities to do a specific job to you possible employers. You must be aware of
and self-assure of these skills, before telling somebody else about them.
Getting a job won’t be
easy for most newcomers. Nobody will give it to you for free. You will have to
compete with other qualified applicants to get the job position. To do that, you
must give the employer enough reasons to hire you.
You should have the
ability to market yourself to an employer. You must show him/her that you have
the skills, attitude, temper, and interest that will make you successful in that
company or organisation. You must practice and achieve a profile showing the
what things are important for you (punctuality, respect, etc.)
what set ideas guide your actions and how you live your whole life.
what the things you enjoy and gratify you are.
the way you react and interact with the world around you.
Beyond getting that
specific job, knowing those aspects will facilitate you to know how you work,
what the best work place for you is, the type of job you enjoy most, and the
kind of people with whom you work best. To sum up, they show to a great extent
who you are.
make the assessment of you transferable skills you may find that you
need a certain specific training, that you are no updated in your
career, or that you may want to change the direction of your
profession. In some cases newcomers find out that their low level of
English is a drawback, and should improve a lot to reach an
acceptable communication level.
case, it is ADVISABLE
to make the decision to study English as much as possible and do
technical upgrade courses in your country, before and during the
time of application for your visa. Follow that good idea and come
when you are ready.
other hand, we know that the best decision a professional or skilled
worker may make is to start studying as soon as he/she arrives in
Canada. May be a specialisation in
your area of interest, or a technical training course in a
University or College (if your economical resources and level of
English allow you to do so). This is the most effective way in the
medium term to integrate successfully to the job market. The
benefits of doing training or specialisation courses are various:
You will dramatically improve you
command of English.
You will get a Canadian diploma or
certificate, easily recognised in the job market and which will give
credibility to your education and training.
It facilitates the process of
You will be backed by your
University or College for job searches or internships.
You will really enhance your
AND GETTING A DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE IS THE
BEST WAY TO GET A PROFESSIONAL
have the resources and the capacity to study don't hesitate for not
even a second, this is the best way to ensure your future in
obvious that money is a limiting factor to pay for university or
college and to support your family as you study and get a job,
especially if you have several children.
Canadian government offer educational credit to assist you to pay
for your education and part of your family expenditure. These loans
are given through the OSAP in
Ontario. For further information on those
credits visit the following web site:
General OSAP Information
To get information about the different educational
programs or specialisations in
Ontario, consult the Colleges and
Universities at the end of the chapter.
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