New immigrants to Canada face numerous challenges. Offers of advice on how to deal with these challenges as well as how to navigate the Canadian job search landscape have been chronicled in the book, No Canadian Experience, Eh? a career success guide for new immigrants. One of the appendices from the book lists several resume tips from Canadian recruiters and hiring managers. They were asked the following question in a survey: “If you had one piece of résumé advice for someone who is an internationally-educated professional or new immigrant, what would it be?” The 28 answers mentioned below were gleaned from a longer list, but these will put you on the path to understanding what recruiters look for in a Canadian resume. (Any edits to original responses are enclosed in parentheses [ ] ):
As you will have noticed, some of these tips overlap, but the premise is consistent, and shows each recruiter’s perspective on the subject. Add your comments below.
Additional information on the book can be found at No Canadian Experience, Eh? a career success guide for new immigrants , and a copy of the Resume and Interview Trends Survey can be downloaded at Canadian Resume and Interview Trends Survey.
If you are interested in reading a frank discussion about learning to speak clearly and communicate in a culturally-appropriate manner, please read a three-part posting on Culture and Communication. This series includes a special focus on the concerns of Chinese clients trying to learn to communicate effectively in Canada.
Heather Chetwynd is a contributor to my book, No Canadian Experience, Eh?
At a March 23rd event hosted by The Centre for Education and Training, these two lucky individuals each received a copy of No Canadian Experience, Eh? from Coordinator of the event, Kim.
I donated the two books for the event, but unfortunately could not be present. However, the coordinators said, “We were able to give them to two deserving attendees at our “Destination Success” event, which I must say was quite a success.”
Three Weeks in Canada!
|Three Months in Canada!|
Canada is proposing a major change to how foreign skilled workers’ education credentials are assessed, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
The proposed new requirement would mean that applicants wanting to immigrate as Federal Skilled Workers would have their foreign education credentials assessed and verified by designated organizations before they arrive in Canada.
GLOBE AND MAIL: A growing shortage of skilled labour in western Canada is prompting Ottawa and the provinces to cast their eyes toward Canada’s immigration policies.
On the one hand, Ottawa has a huge backlog of immigration applications. On the other hand, the western provinces are desperate to find workers to fill the skilled jobs that will keep their economies growing.
I am pleased to highlight one of Heather Chetwynd’s blog posts to this website. Heather is one of the contributors to my book, No Canadian Experience, Eh? From time to time I will post links that are designed to educate and inform newcomers to Canada.
Cross-Cultural Communications: Part I – Working Together
Communicating in a culturally appropriate manner can be a tricky thing to learn for all of us. Culture, after all, is an elaborate code consisting of thousands of subtle micro-elements. We all would do well to remember that, when someone from a distinct cultural group behaves differently than us within the work environment, it is not necessarily because they have poor soft skills or inappropriate values. Rather, they may very likely have strong soft skills and values that work well and are accepted in their native cultural environment.
Canada has a history of attracting highly-skilled, talented workers from around the world who end up unemployed or working for minimum wage when they arrive here. According to new research by the Royal Bank of Canada, the economic cost of underutlizing this part of our work force is $30.7-billion, or 2.1 per cent of the country’s GDP.
“The first thing they look is for Canadian experience” she says. “If you don’t have that, they don’t call you for an interview. And if you don’t get an interview, it’s hard to show your skills.” ~ Yane Brogiollo
In her home city of São Paulo, Brazil, Yane Brogiollo was a manager at Hewlett-Packard Co., where she oversaw a team of 15 database professionals. She also designed and taught courses for a local university’s MBA program.
They were “wonderful” jobs, and she earned a good salary. São Paolo was crowded, though, and too big. Crime was escalating. So a year and a half ago, she moved to Vancouver, hoping to find a better quality of life.
You may have a string of prestigious degrees and years of experience in Canada, but potential employers may never get that far into your résumé if your name sounds foreign, a new study has found.
An underlying reason appears to be subconscious discrimination, the researchers suggest.
“What we think is happening is recruiters have to go through piles of résumés very quickly. If they see an unfamiliar name, they may get an initial first reaction that they have concerns about whether the person has the social and language skills the job requires,” said Philip Oreopoulos, assistant professor of economics at the University of Toronto and co-author of the study.
Wright, the founder and chief career strategist at The Wright Career Solution, a career transition firm that helps individuals find jobs and an author, was among eight Conestoga College alumni honoured.
The award is the college’s highest recognition of outstanding graduates who have achieved great success in their careers and made significant contribution to society. Read full press release below: