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  1. Annique

    Human Resources vacancies

    Has anyone successfully immigrated recently with an HR qualification? I have an HR degree (equal to 3 year canadian degree) and currently busy with my Hons in Leadership Development. We are just over 400 points, but once we get our qualifications end of 2019 we'll have over 440 points. I have 10+ years experience as a HR professional. I am the main applicant on our EE profile and I've applied for a few jobs on Jobbank with no success. I'm looking to find a job ANYWHERE in Canada. I've shown interest to all provinces where a job offer isn't required, but I haven't heard anything. Any advice, motivation and/or help will be greatly appreciated. I feel like our efforts are constantly falling short or are we wasting our time?
  2. South African engaged couple looking for vacancies in BC area: 1. Candidate Patent Attorney/Agent Female, 23. B.Sc Genetics, B.Sc (Hons) Biochemistry, second year LLB. Completed 5 of 8 Patent Examination Board examinations. Writing 2 of 4 Attorneys Board examinations in August 2018. 1,5 years experience in patent firm in South Africa. 2. Cattle Farmer Male, 26. B. Agriculture specialising in animal breeds and grazing. Additional skills include welding and general farm maintenance. 6 months experience in management in construction industry. 3 years experience managing cattle farms in North West and Limpopo provinces. Please let us know if you are aware of any vacancies in the BC area. Full curriculum vitaes available on request.
  3. Some news to help with that job search, focusing on small companies does help, they interview quick too
  4. Find a job in canada - how to make it happen. This video (a little lengthy - 45 minutes - but oh so worth it) flies in the face of any misconceptions you think you have about jobs in Canada. If this video DOES NOT teach you why immigrants find getting jobs so hard, NOTHING EVER WILL! (in my humbled opinion anyway) Look, Listen, Learn. You will be richly rewarded above your wildest dreams if you are struggling with employment in Canada (not sure how to insert those fancy youtube videos like others do) Remember: ​If Opportunity doesn't knock, BUILD A DOOR!
  5. 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 to be very helpful. They list jobs for all walks of life and is generally a summary of all of the other websites. 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!
  6. Rasa Patel

    Financial Planning Jobs

    Hi There. I am really struggling to find information or advice on working as a financial planner in Canada. I would like information on the following points mostly - 1) If I have a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation in South Africa, would I be able to start work immediately as a financial planner or would I have to re-qualify first. How would this work as the CFP designation in South Africa is recognized internationally. 2) Are financial planners well remunerated in Canada, in South Africa we earn commission and therefore our earning potential is uncapped. The little information I did come across indicated that financial planners are salaried earners in Canada mostly. Is this a job that one can earn a decent living from in Canada. 3) I have read a lot about jobs/skills that are in demand in Canada. Are financial planners in demand in Canada? Any information or referral to some one that can answer my many questions about the financial planning sector in Canada would be greatly appreciated.
  7. 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?
  8. So, we received ITA recently and are very excited. We're going for medicals in ten days and should be ready to submit our application before the end of April. husband's brother and other friends of ours are setting off for Australia soon - they are always telling us how their friends in Australia say it is so easy for accountants to find work in Australia. On SAcanada and elsewhere I keep reading that Canada has too many accountants and all about how hard it is to find work in Canada. This is really a concern for us - because we do need to eat after all. My husband is a CA(SA) with 11 years work experience. He's worked for one of the big four accounting firms as well as one of the big four banks in SA. I am a freelance copy-editor and proofreader with an MA in English. If all goes well with our application, are we going to land in Canada and struggle to find work and start wondering why we didn't just opt for Australia instead? Also, although we are willing to go anywhere to find work, we'd really like to end up in the Maritimes - hoping for a slower pace of life than we had here in Gauteng. Is that a possibility or merely wishful thinking? Any advice?
  9. CarlaBekker

    Industrial Design in Canada

    Hi there, I am a newby to all of this. My boyfriend/life partner and I want to immigrate to Canada. I am an Industrial Designer and have been told that it will be best if we try get a visa on my 'qualifications' etc. So here is my questions: Are there any Industrial Designers who has moved over? How easy did you find it to find work while still in RSA? Would it be possible to find work before we go over? I've had a few people tell me that it might be easier to apply for my Masters degree over there and then apply for residency once I've completed my studies, is this true?. I've already started with my Masters in Cape Town but should be able to transfer the research I have done thus far. Has anyone taken a pet over? I would assume that Industrial Design being on the scales skills list would make it a little easier to get the right paperwork. I contacted an immigration company in Cape Town and the gent who I spoke to had a nasty attitude because we are only in the fishing stages right now and wasn't ready to move right away. It would be great to hear from other people in a similar industry that has made the move. A person can only learn so much from online blogs. Also, is it ridiculous to be hoping to find work in specific cities or is it best to just grab what you can find in the beginning? Thank you for any advice in advance, hope to be meeting some of you in Canada soon!
  10. Hello Does anyone know long you have before you have to get a job when you on the Express Entry visa? I would prefer to not start working right away. Thank you.
  11. Hi guys. I am currently a financial advisor CFP in SA working in my own practice for Sanlam with a wonderful and much loved client base which I am very sad to leave behind. My intention is to continue working my business part time here in SA while setting myself up as an advisor in Canada. What I would like to know (and this might get a little heated) is what are your opinions of financial advisors in Canada? Especially with regards to where they work. I have found job posting at Edward Jones, the banks and SunLife and was wondering what people's attitudes are towards the different companies and their advisor/sales staff. I would like to find the best platform from which to build my practice and don't want to be hampered by stereotypes (if that can be avoided). Any views would be greatly appreciated.
  12. Nanaimo is number 21!
  13. Hi all thought I'd post the following down here. I posted it under General as well (not sure if Admin wants to remove it). This is for the IT guys mainly but there are a one or two other posts advertised if you are interested: https://www.caseware...bout-us/careers Thought I'd let you know..
  14. M-N

    Some job posting leads

    Hi all thought I'd post the following down here. This is for the IT guys if you are interested: Edit: I have no affiliation with then apart from using their product. Happen to see this on their site when I was trying to look for something.
  15. CTColette

    Job Poll

    I have a question and not sure if it was asked before, so please direct me if I should have posted this in another section. I would like to know how many people on this forum had a job offer before moving to Canada. Do the majority of people start the immigration process first, complete all of that and then leave or is the majority going over on a WP based on skill and then look for work there. Maybe the Forum Moderators can help to create this Poll??
  16. Nanna

    Interior Decorating Experience

    Good day fellow sacanadiens, I have a question, but don't know if it's in the right place. I am busy applying to study Interior Decorating, with a international recognised institute. Infact, one of their "schools" is in Canada as well. Now my question, After I completed my diploma, should I gain South African expierience, or should I apply for an intern job in Canada? The reason for my question is, is South African expierience going to help met at all? Hope someone out there can help me. Thanks, Nanna
  17. Jules

    Canadian corporate culture

    The bank I work at is having record breaking year over year results. We've made 5.5 billion dollars net income for the first 9 months this year. All rosy and sweet. Surprisingly the bank announced they are laying off 1000 people here in Canada with a lot of that coming from head office middle management. The irony (besides the huge current profits) is that we are already known as the most cost efficient bank in Canada who runs a tight ship and is generally under resourced. We will know pretty soon who is getting pink slips for Christmas :-(
  18. Radyns

    Adventure in Canada

    Hi All I would really appreciate some help. There has probably been hundreds of these queries but i cant seem to find any that provide the info i need. My wife and I are looking for ways to work/live in Canada J We got married 6 months ago and are now looking for adventure while we have the chance. We do not want to immigrate, we want to go for a year, or 2… or 3 to work, travel, gain experience, serve the Lord and have the time of our lives. We have a massive passion to go to Canada, and we figure if we don’t do it now, we will never get the chance. Is it easier to get a working Visa for a few years than it is to immigrate? If so, how do you go about it? Where do you start? We would really apreciate any advice or tips. Ons sal regtig enige hulp waardeer. Groete
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