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Come have a look here for useful links to job search related sites:

Certification, Requalification, etc:

Job Sites:

Recruitment Companies:

Résumé's etc:

Miscellaneous:

Networking:

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Adele

Hendie,

I don't know if I have the right forum. Please correct it if possible

Professional Associations:

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia

APEGBC 604.430.8035

Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia

RNABC 604.736.7331

British Columbia College of Teachers

BCCT 604.731.8170

Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia

CGABC 604.730.6201

Applied Science of Technologist and Technicians of British Columbia

ASTTBC 604.585.27.88

ALL THE BELOW WEBSITES CAN BE CONTACTED VIA ASTTBC

Association of BC Professional Foresters ABCPF

Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland AETTN

APEGBC Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

APEGBC APEGBC Sustainability NOW

ASET

Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists

BCIPI British Columbia Institute of Property Inspectors

BDIBC

Building Designers Institute of BC

CCTT

Canadian Council of Technicians & Technologists

CSO Construction Safety

CTHRB Canadian Technology Human Resources Board

CTTAM

Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba

FEAT

FoundationFor Education & Advancement In Technology

FPC

Fire Protection Certification

IBET

Institute of Biomedical Engineering Technology

NBSCETT New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

OACETT

Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians andTechnologists

OTPQ Ordre des technologues professionels du Quebec

PEISCET Prince Edward Island Society of Certified Engineering Technologists

SASTT

Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians

SCETTNS

Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Nova

Scotia

SDIBC Steel Detailing Institute of BC

WFTO World Federation of Technology Organizations

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Lizl

I am still in SA trying to find work in Canada. Have spent a lot of time on Monster.ca without success. Will any of these other sites be of any help?

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Eugene

When I immigrated here, i did not find internet job sites useful. I used the good old yellow pages and phoned companies up. I also personally went to visit companies and dropped off my resume to them. the latter technique landed my first job. Subsequent jobs since my first one was by word of mouth and reputation.

all the best.

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Harry

lizl,

I can assure you that our company, the largest high tech employer in BC, takes boards like Monster very seriously indeed. However, I trust you have been looking at the "careers"sections of the companies' OWN websites, and sending résumés there?

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Lizl

I have been applying directly from the career section on Monster. I take it from your response, Harry, that it is better to go to the company website and use a site like Monster as backup? I just figured they would all be linked and my resume would end up in the same place.

Thanks for your reply.

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aries75

http://www.resumemaker.com/samples/samples.jsp

The site above has many sample resumes for different industries that one could use a starting point; in addition, they offer lots of sample cover letters too (as well as follow-up letters, "keep me in mind" letters, etc)

I haven't tried the paid version of their service, so can't attest as to whether or not it's worthwhile.

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arthur

My experience with workopolis and monster has been very frustrating too. Many if not most jobs are through headhunters and they have their own agenda and needs (not that I am blaming them).

If intetested try the following site. It has jobs linked directly to companies (thankfully no headhunters!) also most jobs are not common with workopolis, monster and other big boards which is very useful. http://www.careerladder.ca

If anyone has other similar leads please share.

Cheers,

Arthur

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djb

Hi

www.techvibes.com seems to be quite a good site for tech jobs (from graphic design to SEO), mainly in Vancouver-area, but some in other areas.

Dave

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getjob

www.seekmyjob.com is a great job search website, which collects lots of job links in one website.We offer job seekers the option to search jobs by title, location, company etc. Try it.

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Matisse

The website of The Alliance of Sector Councils may be useful for those looking for information about their specific sector/industry.

On their main page is a link to a list of all Sector Councils. Each Sector Council webpage has useful information, e.g. about national accreditation and foreign assessments.

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jpd

I came across the following website - it seems a good site as it scours employment/career pages on company sites. Maybe some newcomers or people moving to Canada might find it useful.

www.eluta.ca

Happy job hunting!

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Dedré
All Star Jobs (in Toronto, Ontario).

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tazz

Career Bridge

"Career Bridge is an innovative internship program designed to address the dilemma of “no Canadian experience, no job; no job, no Canadian experience” that prevents many skilled immigrants from contributing to Canada’s economy.

Internships arranged through the Career Bridge program break this unproductive cycle and provide a crucial bridge between the international and Canadian workplace. Career Bridge eliminates significant employment barriers often faced by qualified, experienced professionals who are eager and ready to resume their careers in Canada.

Career Bridge internships are paid positions that last for 4, 6, 9 or 12 months for job-ready immigrants that are legally able to work in Canada."

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Toni

Tazz,

Thanks very much for this - gives me hope for one day when we are in Canada, that there are options for getting that "candian experience"

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RiaanvS

In the oil sands look at www.oilsands.infomine.com where you can look at jobs under the career section or apply direct to companies by looking at their sites.

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Nelia

Another website that also takes you to the pages of all the companies that operate in the Oilsands is www.oilsands.cc

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tazz

IT Services and Staffing

Procom

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Baloolie

Typically the problem with using sites like Monster, Workopolis or any other website with postings is that you are looking at only about 10% of the available jobs with 100% of the competition. If you add in printed ads for positions it rises to a whopping 20%.

That's because statistically only 20% of available positions are ever advertised. Workopolis has recently been advertising on the radio to gather more postings for job opportunities and they have been boasting 3 million hits a month from job seekers - well that's your competition! The main drawback with this for newcomers to Canada is that with this many job seekers employers can, and do, pick the most qualified person for the job - and to an employer that means everything on his wish list, which will include Canadian experience.

The good news, is that if only 80% of jobs are advertised and you see 10 ads, then you know there is a world of work out there if only you can uncover it. 80% of positions are filled through networking, long before employers decide to advertise. So the question to ask yourself is....does it make sense for me to be spending 80-100% of my jobsearch on only 20% of the jobs with 100% of the competition? The truth is - you need to be networking. Computers and fax machines don't hire people - people hire people! And you need to meet them. Not many of us can boast that we got our jobs because we were the best or perfect candidate. Most of us were at the right place at the right time and we had 'most' of what the employer was looking for and they liked us. So you can see why these sites put you at a disadvantage.

In this era of communication devices from emails to Voip you can contact anyone anywhere. I'd suggest cold calling/emailing people who do your job, or managers in those departments, (you'll note I didn't mention contact HR) and speak to them - not about a job - but to gather all the information you need to position yourself to get employed. Also network this way with the Associations that are attached to your field - strategic networking by contacting their members. These are people in your field and they know other people in your field. Interview them. Pick their brains about everything from what they look for in candidates, what a typical day is like, where the industry is going to expected salary ranges and any advice they can give. Ask for contacts they can give you to interview. These people will become a part of your network and will, in all likelihood, lead you to an opportunity eventually. You will need a benefit statement to do this effectively.

Monster and Workopolis are great tools for researching everything you need to know about the industry you are looking at in Canada. You will be able to pick up common threads like education requirements, salary ranges and if you collect enough job ads you will be able to see what skills are 'must haves' that you can highlight on your resumes.

There are a number of ways to get Canadian experience aside from the obvious choice of volunteering in the traditional sense. One of the most overlooked is Practice Firms. Practice Firms are virtual companies that run like real businesses silhouetting a real firm's business procedures, products and services. Each practice firm trades with other practice firms, following commercial business procedures in the practice firm's worldwide economic environment. There are, I believe about 5 000 of them worldwide. Typically you would work there, being paid in virtual money - so, yes you are essentially volunteering, for up to 12 weeks. However 20% of your time is spent on assisted jobsearch. You will be able to put it on your resume as Canadian Experience in your field and you'll have Canadian references.

I hope this helps and opens up some options for you. If anyone has any questions or needs any help please feel free to contact me.

Andrea

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Baloolie

I've seen a lot of requests for job banks etc for IT professionals. My advice would be to use them to network before you apply for a job.

ITAC is the Information Technology Association for Canada http://www.itac.ca/ICTFederation/

For more information on Job opportunities within the ITAC membership, I'd suggest consulting and networking with individual ITAC Members.

You will likely need to have your degrees and diplomas accredited before anyone here will accept them.

These are some of the agencies that can assist you.

Alberta

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry

9th Floor, 108th Street Building

9942 - 108 Street

Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada

Tel.: +1 780 427-2655

Toll-free in Alberta: 310-0000 ask for 427-2655

Fax: +1 780 422-9734

Web site: http://employment.alberta.ca/cps/rde/xchg/...s.xsl/4512.html

British Columbia

International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)

3700 Willingdon Avenue

Burnaby, British Columbia V5G 3H2 Canada

Tel.: +1 604 432-8800

Toll-Free within North America: +1-866-434-9197

Fax: +1 604 435-7033

E-mail: icesinfo@bcit.ca

Web site: http://www.bcit.ca/ices/

Manitoba

Academic Credentials Assessment Service - Manitoba (ACAS)

Manitoba Labour and Immigration

Settlement & Labour Market Services Branch

5th Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1N3 Canada

Tel.: +1 204 945-6300

Toll-Free within North America: +1-800-665-8332

Fax: +1 204 948-2148

Web site: http://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/immigrate/work...ition/acas.html

Northwest Territories*

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry

9th Floor, 108th Street Building

9942 - 108 Street

Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada

Tel.: +1 780 427-2655

Toll-free in Alberta: 310-0000 ask for 427-2655

Fax: +1 780 422-9734

Web site: http://immigration.alberta.ca/iqas

* The Government of the Northwest Territories provides this service through an interprovincial agreement with the Government of Alberta.

Ontario

World Education Services-Canada (WES Canada)

45 Charles Street East, Suite 700

Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1S2 Canada

Tel.: +1 416 972-0070

Fax: +1 416 972-9004

Toll-free: +1 866 343-0070 (from outside the 416 area code)

E-mail: ontario@wes.org

Web site: http://www.wes.org/ca/

Quebec

Centre d'expertise sur les formations acquises hors du Québec (CEFAHQ)

Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC)

255, boulevard Crémazie Est, 8e étage

Montréal (Québec) H2M 1M2 Canada

Tél.: +1 514 864-9191

Elsewhere in Quebec (toll free): +1 877 264-6164

Fax: +1 514 873-8701

E-mail: renseignements@micc.gouv.qc.ca

Web site: http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/e...tion/index.html

Saskatchewan*

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry

9th Floor, 108th Street Building

9942 - 108 Street

Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada

Tel.: +1 780 427-2655

Toll-free in Alberta: 310-0000 ask for 427-2655

Fax: +1 780 422-9734

Web site: http://immigration.alberta.ca/iqas

* The Government of Saskatchewan provides this service through an interprovincial agreement with the Government of Alberta.

JOB BOARDS MOST COMMONLY USED ACROSS CANADA some of them are only for IT but not all.

BrainHunter

Website: http://www.brainhunter.com

Career Bridge

Career Bridge is an innovative paid internship program designed by employers to provide businesses with greater access to internationally qualified immigrants. Career Bridge provides employers with a cost-effective recruiting solution, while qualified immigrants are given the opportunity to gain real Canadian work experience in their fields.

Website: http://www.careerbridge.ca

CareerBuilder

Website: http://www.careerbuilder.com

Careerclick

Website: http://www.careerclick.com

Diversity Employment Solutions

Diversity Employment Solutions help qualified minority, women, and physically challenged professionals achieve their career objectives through diversity recruiting, and diversity training.

Website: http://www.my-des.com

Hays

Website: http://www.hays.ca/

Hotjobs

Website: http://www.hotjobs.ca

HireANewGrad

Website: http://www.hireanewgrad.com

IT-Careers.ca

Website: http://www.it-careers.ca/

IT Job

Website: http://www.itjob.ca/

JobShark

Website: http://www.jobshark.com

Monster

Website: http://www.monster.ca

Recruit Ad

Website: http://www.recruitad.com/

SureJobsCanada

Website: http://www.surejobscanada.com

Tech Jobs Canada

Website: http://www.techjobscanada.com/

Vault

Website: http://www.vault.com

Visa Jobs Canada

Website: http://www.visajobs.ca

Working.Canada.com

Website: http://working.canada.com

Workopolis

Website: http://www.workopolis.com

For Quebec, job seekers should sign up with :

http://www.jobboom.com

While this site has a list of job opportunities, the majority of employers use Job Boom's "push technology" to target specific segments of job seekers who've registered with the site.

Engineers should also contact their province's professional engineers association web sites. Please note that most engineering associations restrict access to job postings to members only. Many of them have delegated the job posting service to another organization. See URLs below:

Ontario - Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

Website: http://www.careercentre.ospe.on.ca/index.cfm?menuitem=1

A good site for all engineers and not just IT engineers is www.capeinfo.ca

A must read for all engineers coming to Canada, also has advice and jobs

Quebec - SERVIQ - jobs listed in French only

Website: http://www.serviq.qc.ca/fr/3_0_service_car..._Ingenieurs.asp

Charity Village is also a great site to find all sorts of information on jobs by area/province http://www.charityvillage.com/

They also have a directory of associations.

A

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Hendie

Just added CXC Consultants to the links at the top of this thread. I had a coffee with a good friend of mine, who is in the recruitment business, and asked him what he would suggest to jobseekers in South Africa wanting to move to Canada, and facing the dreaded "Canadian Experience" brick wall. He admitted that it is very difficult for foreign workers to negotiate a new job from afar in South Africa, but that a company like CXC Consultants may be able to help. In short they will appoint you as an employee in your country of residence, and then help transfer you to your country of interest (in this case Canada). I have not heard of them before, but they seem to be well represented internationally, so hey! it's worth a shot!

Enjoy!

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Cathy K

I also found this website.

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Jeanne
I also found this website.

Hallo Cathy, dis net jammer dat geen van die skakels op hierdie webwerf werk nie? :blink:

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Cathy K

I'm sorry Jeanne, you're right. Wonder what happened there.... :blink:

I know how it feels when you search and search, and nothing seems to help. I also found the following websites. Perhaps one of them contains information you need.

Have a look at this information centre for general information about foreign credentials.

Roevin Engineering recruitment

skilledworkers.com

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