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  1. This is not an original dea but I do think that too few job seekers have an online promo video. It can be a big differentiator. I've recently joined the group of job seekers after my job got eliminated when my department went through a restructure. I've included a promo video connected to my LinkedIn profile - what I call a digital business card (it sounds trendy). Have a look and feel free to steal ideas for yourself. The one thing I forgot to add was my LinkedIn addess to the video.
  2. Piper

    "Team W" takes Canada, July 2017

    Hi All This is just a quick post regarding our current moving madness! Job hunting background We got our CoPR on 6 December 2016. Due to personal circumstances and having good employment in SA we only decided to start job hunting from SA in early to mid May 2017. As my DH said; "let's not eat into our pension funds and saving accounts. Let us not commit financial suicide." We both were "lucky" and received multiple offers in about a month. We are flying in less than 2 weeks! I was asked by @SunshineGirl to write some tips from my personal experience. I do not think that we are "lucky", "special", "an exception" or "big fish" at all. On the contrary! We are in our mid to late 20s with little experience. I do however think that we did our due diligence and put in a lot of hard work and effort. My DH does not follow these forums or the FB page and he never had the "it is basically impossible" attitude as is often insinuated on these platforms. On the contrary; he decided on our behalf that we will make it work from SA. I also wish to start a family upon arrival, so we really needed to be as financially secure as possible upon landing. I need to start work ASAP in order to qualify for maternity benefits. The following is just my personal opinion. I am not a recruiter, an agent or a lawyer. I have no commercial affiliation to any immigration or recruitment firms. In fact; I love cutting the middle-man out. ;-) Approach to finding employment/ doing an application: We started in only Ottawa and Montreal as these cities are our first preferences for various reasons. We are heading to Montreal as that is where I got the best offer. I started by contacting some recruitment agencies. None of them came back to me or even acknowledged receipt of my resume. My DH did however get a lot of traction from recruitment agencies. It seems that this is industry-specific as we are in completely separate industries. I however found that the professional body with which I will register in Canada has a job board and I found various employment opportunities on there that was in line with my profile and what I was interested in doing. I personally found indeed.ca to be very helpful. They list jobs for all walks of life and is generally a summary of all of the other websites. Indeed.ca in some instance take you to the organization's job portal directly. If this generally happens be prepared to fill in an application similar to the Express Entry profile. (Oh what fun, but at least I've had good practice and everything is already saved in an Excel spreadsheet so I just copy it over.) Large organizations generally require a huge amount of information. This includes your full qualifications, employment history, a motivation as well as a lot of security questions and in some instances a voluntary demographic section. It can easily take up to an hour to fill this in properly. After I came across a few of these I decided that "quality over quantity" will be my approach. I did about 20 thorough applications as opposed to the South African "scatter-gun" approach of sending out 200 CVs left, right and centre. Resume & Cover letter tips: Oh boy, have I seen some terrible resumes from South Africans who are extremely highly qualified! As there has been multiple posts on this topic I will not write an essay here, but in my opinion this is where things go a bit pear-shaped for Saffas. I benefited a lot from soliciting critical advice from a lady in Canada in exactly the same industry as myself. She has over 40 years of experience and she gave me some pretty good critique. My dad has an IT firm in Canada and I spent about a day with the one HR lady to iterate my resume further. It is crucial that your resume lists your accomplishments and not your generic job duties. Furthermore; it needs to be concise, legible and neat. Every square cm on that page is an important piece of real estate. Optimize what you put on there! Do not submit a resume longer than 2 pages. Your "third" page will have a list of contactable references. Please note; since you are a foreign worker your references will most probably be contacted. (Mine and my husband's were contacted.) Your resume and cover letter needs to be aligned to each and every position that you apply for. As an side to those paying someone to find employment on your behalf: I am not sure how someone applying for employment on your behalf can do this? Please share? Interviews (personal experience): All of my interviews were Skype interviews. I made it known that I am more than willing to fly over at any stage. At one stage a company wanted me to do it, but they then continued with Skype interviews instead. The first interview is generally just with HR. It is merely an informal discussion about the role, your expectations, their expectations and your availability. The second and even third interview will then be "the" interview. With the offer that I accepted my fourth interview was a "meet the team" interview. As I manage projects, I felt that this was very nice from the organization that some colleagues who will work beside and even below me had a say in whether I was going to be made and offer. I did not in any interviews feel that I was discriminated against as my qualifications were foreign. In fact; I was told in multiple interviews that it is in fact in my advantage to be from South Africa as the organization wants to portray more diversity and inclusion in their staff complement. I was however asked multiple times to submit my WES certificate. Large organizations are therefore somewhat familiar with the immigration process. My WES certificate lists my full education background from matric to postgraduate degrees (all inclusive). Offers (personal experience): If you are being asked your CoPR document, you can safely assume that an employment offer is coming your way within the next 24 hours. I found it very "Canadian" and friendly that the offer that I accepted had a separate sheet that I had to sign and fill in my own start date. This gave me about 7-8 weeks to wrap up in SA and to settle in Canada prior to jumping into full-time employment on that side. Flights We are flying British Airways. JHB to London Heathrow to NYC to Montreal. I have organized to take an additional bag of clothes (at an additional cost of course) as I will need it, especially as my new employer seems to require formal attire. We will explore NYC a bit during our layover. (We have US visas.) It will be so cool to be there again as part of our honeymoon was spent there. It seems as if our lives have come full circle! We will also have 3 weeks in Canada prior to going back to work. Luckily we will be on paid leave from our employers in SA as we never took a break over December 2016. petPORT - My cat The day I adopted my rescue cat from a shelter I promised him that we will never abandon him. My beautiful only child will be fetched this Friday by petPORT. We had to measure him so that a specialized crate is built for him. (We measured him while our house was on show and we got quite a few giggles, needless to say!) Although we are only flying next weekend, I have decided that it is best that he no longer lives in our house based on the fact that it is total chaos and he is constantly stressed with all of the strangers coming and going with the packing. He will be flying KLM to Amsterdam and we will fetch him in Montreal a few days after we have arrived as we will still need to activate the electricity in our new apartment. Our new apartment has a cat and dog park which is pretty awesome. The initial quote was R10 000, but it will be more now as we moved the date that he will be fetched from us a bit sooner. I feel that this is extremely reasonable and I have absolutely no qualms in paying this for my precious kitten. Container We are busy packing and purging like crazy. We have decided on Biddulphs. The final quote will only be given once everything is packed. That is all for now!
  3. ChrisBooth_360

    Applying for an open work permit

    So I've been searching all over the Canadian government website trying to find out if it's possible to apply for a temporary open work permit without having a job first. I managed to log in and take a questionnaire, but at the end of the questionnaire, it just told me that I was not eligible to immigrate and that I should look into how to apply for a temporary work permit. And when I clicked on the available link, it just took me straight to the beginning! Does anyone on here know if it's possible to just apply for a temporary work permit without having a job first? And how would I go about that? (The government website has been very difficult to navigate) P.S. I'm not looking to immigrate to Canada, I would just like to work there for a year or two. And I am currently looking for a job too.
  4. Piper

    Jobs from SA - Pros and Cons

    Hi All To summarize a long story; I got PR and then subsequently a job from SA prior to coming to Canada. Not even 3 months later and I was suddenly "good enough" with my now "Canadian experience" that a more prestigious (yet competitor!) company contacted me out of the blue for an interview. I ended up going to the interview (I wasn't 100% happy with my current job and the turn-over in terms of people leaving was insane), doing their tests and was made a great offer. I thought about declining the offer due to not "job hopping", but then this morning I suddenly realized that it will be too big a career shot too lose. I subsequently resigned my current job and confirmed with my new employer that I will be starting there within the next 2 weeks. (Wow! It goes quick here in Canada!) My perspective: obtaining employment from SA is great BUT once you are here more companies are willing to interview you and there are thus suddenly more opportunities. As always; there are pro's and cons to anything in life. The cons of coming with employment is that you are not 100% sure of what you are getting yourself into. As mentioned; I was not 100% happy with my current employer and felt that certain things were lacking. (It will be industry-specific so unfortunately adding details will be nonsensical.) This is something that is not often discussed here. This is also the reason my husband refused to immigrate to a country where our jobs are tied to our employers. It is definitely something to consider for those in the process of immigrating to any country. What are people's experiences and thoughts on company loyalty in Canada?
  5. Hi all, new to this site - it is great source of information, thank you! Quick question - my wife and I have 20 years work experience at various companies and, of course, for most of them we do not have a letter of employment on file. Should we start collecting this all the way back to when we started working, or will they only check the last 10 years of work experience? Thanks!
  6. Hi SACanadians, I am currently going through the process of job hunting in Canada. I have been accepted into the "Express Entry Pool" for Skilled Workers. In the welcome letter I recieved they said to improve your score you need to start marketing yourself to employers as a job offer will increase your points and in turn your chances of being invited to apply for PR. I have trauled the net and have started applications however a question I keep getting in these applications is "Are You Legally Eligible To Work On Canada?" I do not know how to answer this question? I am told to look for a job to increase my points but does this mean I am legally eligible to work in Canada? If yes great!! If no, it puts you between a rock and a hard place becasue they want me to find a job but I am not legally eligible to apply for jobs. Can anyone give me some advise on how to answer these questions as I want to be sure the information I give potential employers is 100% truthful. Thanks for your feedback....
  7. M-N

    Employment records advice

    Hi all, I'm not sure if this is the place the post ADMIN, feel free to move this to the appropriate thread as I can't find it. What should one do if you are not able to obtain employment records from previous employers? I've emailed my former employers and only managed to receive the records from the last company I worked for. i have no record (old contracts) from my previous employers. Any suggestions or advise? Thanks, Nicky
  8. Craig Weaver is a leader in the field of Talent Management with almost twenty years international experience in Canada, the USA, Europe and Africa. His experience spans several industry sectors including financial services, natural resources, forest products, manufacturing, retail, oil and gas and nuclear power generation to name a few. Craig regularly conducts Career Transition support workshops for new graduates, immigrants and people in career transition. Craig lives in Toronto, Canada with his family where he practices Talent Management and teaches as a Sessional lecturer in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. As a Talent Management professional, Craig also delivers coaching service to business leaders to support the achievement of the strategic business goals of their organizations. He is offering Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills and Career Transition services, that can help you be successful in the Canadian market place. Services Offered Basic Package: Price for resume review: C$80 Price for 1-hour consultative Skype call on your Career Transition: C$80 Value-Added Package: Price for resume review plus 1-hour consultative Skype call on your career transition: C$150 Advanced Package: Price for resume review plus 1-hour consultative Skype call, or in-person meeting on your career transition plus 1.5-hours coaching on interviewing skills: C$450 Premium Package: Price for resume review plus 1-hour consultative Skype call, or in-person meeting on your career transition plus 2-hours coaching of preparation and interviewing skills for a specific job interview for a specific job and organization to which you have applied: C$600 Please contact Craig for more information at: craigp.weaver@gmail.com
  9. Compettative salary plus monthly and quarterly incentive Bonuses . High school diploma required and customer service experience, Pm me.
  10. VP, Corporate Trainer / Facilitator Salary up to $105,000 Our client, an industry leader in global financial services, is looking for a VP, Corporate Trainer/Facilitator. You will be responsible for facilitating, administrating and developing in-house training programs and initiatives. You will be the driving force for the implementation of training initiatives. If you are looking to join an organization where you can develop your career, then look no further! Responsibilities: • Facilitate training to meet business priorities • Liaise with managers and interview employees at all levels to identify and assess training and development needs • Consult with training focus groups to identify upcoming training needs on a quarterly basis • Attend Train the Trainer sessions to ensure familiarity • Deliver and record a Train the Trainer session for all newly developed courses • Deliver and oversee the delivery of training to groups of employees and one on one • Develop a network of Subject Matter Experts to support development of training materials and create training solutions • Facilitate and ensure all sessions are engaging and encouraging, leading group discussions and facilitating Q&A • Create and review course objectives that support the desired performance outcomes; evaluate achievement of each learning objective • Create a positive and supportive learner-centred environment in all sessions • Record all evaluation results and ensure that participants receive feedback on their performance • Develop learning materials which align with the learning objectives and support the transfer of learning • Participate in the annual quality assurance review of existing courses to ensure content is in line with current standards • Raise awareness of training courses and manage all training requests in a timely manner • Attend global training team meetings and participating in global training and development initiatives • Identify trainings that will aid in performance improvement • Inform learners of the importance and purpose of evaluations • Analyse evaluation results for all facilitated courses and create summary reports ensuring all individual training records are accurate and up to date • Monitor and measure the impact of training sessions • Provide reports validating the benefits and outcomes from training Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree minimum, ideally with a focus in Financial Services • Minimum 6+ years of related experience • Previous experience in training, coaching and presentation • Demonstrated experience with soft skills training • CTP or CTDP designation as an asset • Demonstrated experience in needs analysis, development, facilitation and evaluation of training programs • Excellent ability to facilitate training, lead presentations and provide one on one coaching • Strong Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills • Actively seeks and retains industry knowledge and proactive in seeking new learning opportunities • Creates and fosters positive and professional relationships • Able to act as a mentor within the training team • Able to work on tight deadlines and take responsibility for timely achievement Kindest Regards, Lucy Alymova Recruitment Coordinator Bagg Professional Sterling Tower 372 Bay Street, 21st Floor Toronto, ON M5H 2W9
  11. jonathan.b

    Canadian alternative to a "Summer Camp"

    Hi guys I've often heard of people who sign up to go work in America at a summer camp for a couple of months. I was wondering is there something similar for Canada? I'm looking for a company to work at (short term), and hopefully they will pay for my air fare there as well? If anyone has heard of something like this, please let me know. I'll be very interested!
  12. jonathan.b

    Job hunting without a degree

    Hi all You guys have been very helpful to me in the past when I've posted my various questions and problems. Maybe you could help me solve this one. How do I job hunt outside of Canada? Bear in mind I don't have any qualifications, only experience. I do have: - PR Status - A SIM Card/SIM Number. I realise that it's difficult to apply for work outside of the country, since you can't go door to door with your resumé. Can anyone give me ideas, or places where I can go about applying? I would REALLY appreciate it. Jonathan
  13. Here an interesting article I dug up via Twitter: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/06/26/statistics-canada-household-survey-data-facts.html Statistics Canada released the second batch of figures Wednesday from its voluntary National Household Survey, looking at labour, education, workplace, commuting, work language and mobility and migration. Some highlights: Higher learning 64.8 per cent of working-age women now have a post-secondary education, compared with 63.4 per cent of men the first time the percentage for women has bypassed that for men. Women accounted for 59 per cent of Canadians aged 25 to 34 with a university degree, compared with 47.3 per cent of their 55- to 64-year-old counterparts. Employment data The most common occupations for women in 2011: retail salesperson; administrative assistant; registered nurse; cashier; schoolteacher. The most common occupations for men: retail salesperson; truck driver; retail and wholesale manager; carpenter; janitor, caretaker and building superintendent. Canada had more than three million workers aged 55 and over in 2011, comprising 18.7 per cent of total employment, compared with 15.5 per cent in 2006. Employment rates were highest in Yukon (69.7 per cent), N.W.T. (66.8 per cent) and the Prairies, particularly Alberta (69 per cent) and Saskatchewan (65.1 per cent). Rates were lowest in Newfoundland and Labrador (50.7 per cent) and Nunavut (52.1 per cent). Daily commute Roughly 15.4 million Canadians said they commute to work each day, with three out of four driving a vehicle and just 5.6 per cent making the trip as passengers. The data also said 1.1 million people work from home. Public transit was used by 12 per cent of commuters, up from 11 per cent in 2006. Of those, 63.5 per cent took a bus, 25 per cent rode the subway or elevated-rail train, 11.2 per cent took light-rail transit, streetcar or commuter train, and 0.3 per cent travelled by ferry. About 880,000 commuters, or 5.7 per cent, reported walking to work each day, while only 201,800 people 1.3 per cent rode a bicycle, the same percentage as in 2006. First Nations and higher learning Among Aboriginal Peoples aged 25 to 64, 48.4 per cent had some sort of post-secondary education, the majority a trades certificate or college diploma. Almost 10 per cent reported having a university degree, compared with 26.5 per cent of the non-aboriginal population.
  14. I came across this longish article, thought anyone who felt the need to become depressed might want to read it. http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/04/24/land-of-misfortune/ At the end though, they talk about the new immigration process, which will be similar to Australia and NZ. "Expression of interest" and not a point system " That’s ultimately where Canada’s immigration system is heading, says Jason Kenney, in an interview. Since taking office, the Conservatives have steadily tinkered with the system, boosting the number of temporary work visas and shifting more control to provincial governments. The most dramatic changes come next year, when Kenney says the government will scrap the decades-old points system in favour of something he calls an “expression of interest,” based on the skilled-worker systems in Australia and New Zealand. Instead of receiving points based on a mix of language skills, education and work experience, prospective immigrants will need to have their language skills and credentials assessed by an independent third-party service. If they pass, they’ll be put into a pool of people approved for immigration. Employers can browse lists of workers, and if they find an employee they want to hire they can apply to bring them over within a year, rather than the typical five-year wait list for the skilled-worker program. “It’s like a dating service to connect employers with prospective immigrants,” says Kenney. "