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54321

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Hello any and everyone,

Got my COPR in Mar-16 and currently living outside Canada, I have been searching and applying for jobs online in my career (industrial eng.) but so far no good news. In addition, two of my friends returned back from Canada after spending little over a year working what they described as "pointless menial jobs", and before leaving they both had decent experience (one in civil eng. 6+ and the other in mech. eng. 5+). When you read other peoples cases online you may ignore it but these two cases (in my real life - not online) can be a sort of 'wake-up call'. I also gather that companies/employers in Canada tend to ignore applicants who have no Canadian education and work experience. My concern is if there are others with similar experiences and what have they done to overcome such a situation.
 

sqid.madoma

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First focus on how to make a Canadian resume and cover letter. Do not assume people will hire you if you cannot do these two things properly, even if you have good jobexperience. They will not even look at your application.

When you will be there don't just apply to position online. Build a network via linkedin or others... meet people over a coffee, that will help.
 

Bs65

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This is a fairly common situation given people come to Canada expecting there to be plenty of jobs when Canada has the same employment issues as any other country regardless of qualifications. You find similar situations where even Canadian graduates end up doing menial jobs in Starbucks or Mcdonalds or Hortons so it can be a long hard road accepting something less than qualified for but hey you are in Canada and things will turn around eventually.

On the other hand it is good for people to post on forums such as this with a reality check that student visas or PR applications can be a very expensive exercise and the good life will not be handed on a plate nor will it look anything like what appears as the standard North American way of life on TV, reality is completely different unless you win the lottery.

And I agree with the previous post you need to take on the persona of a Canadian and not someone from your home country plus whatever you do , do not appear desparate or in anyway entitled. Be positive, be prepared to be anywhere in the country and something will turn up.
 

dell2

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The biggest misconception people have about North American countries is they think it is some sort of get rich quick country. These things take time, especially with foreign work experience. Employers are most likely to hire people with Canadian experience. I have friends who have 3 years of work experience and couldn't find good job for 1 year and others took 3-6 months. So don't expect quick turnout. Think of this as a new Beginning. I think more mature people will have trouble adjusting because they are used to working in better job designations and when they move here they get a reality check but hey, whose idea was it to migrate at first place ? Don't worry if you can get through these hard times, eventually it will get better. And, you haven't seen the winter yet huh ?

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Good luck ;)
 

54321

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Jul 2, 2016
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sqid.madoma said:
First focus on how to make a Canadian resume and cover letter. Do not assume people will hire you if you cannot do these two things properly, even if you have good jobexperience. They will not even look at your application.

When you will be there don't just apply to position online. Build a network via linkedin or others... meet people over a coffee, that will help.
are they (local Canadians) approachable and willing to interact with newly arrived immigrants? (no prejudices)


Bs65 said:
This is a fairly common situation given people come to Canada expecting there to be plenty of jobs when Canada has the same employment issues as any other country regardless of qualifications. You find similar situations where even Canadian graduates end up doing menial jobs in Starbucks or Mcdonalds or Hortons so it can be a long hard road accepting something less than qualified for but hey you are in Canada and things will turn around eventually.

On the other hand it is good for people to post on forums such as this with a reality check that student visas or PR applications can be a very expensive exercise and the good life will not be handed on a plate nor will it look anything like what appears as the standard North American way of life on TV, reality is completely different unless you win the lottery.

And I agree with the previous post you need to take on the persona of a Canadian and not someone from your home country plus whatever you do , do not appear desparate or in anyway entitled. Be positive, be prepared to be anywhere in the country and something will turn up.

Then why does the Canadian government keep accepting immigrants with education and experience?
 

54321

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Nobody goes to another country without a motive and when things don't work out they hate to return back to where they were. But for those with families, they have a responsibility and if things aren't just working out by a certain time frame then it is very discouraging which is what I mentioned above regarding my friend's experiences.

Thank you guys for your input but me and others would really appreciate any good points for newly arrived immigrants looking for jobs.
 

dell2

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try posting here http://www.canadavisa.com/canada-immigration-discussion-board/finding-work-in-canada-b21.0/

try searching jobs here http://www.kijiji.ca/ most small businesses post jobs here


Check these too

http://www.wowjobs.ca/start.aspx
http://www.canadajobs.com/
http://www.adecco.ca/en
http://www.manpower.ca/mp_ca/en/index.htm
http://www.careerbuilder.ca/
https://www.randstad.ca/
http://www.simplyhired.ca/
http://www.eluta.ca/

Good Luck
 

54321

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Also what industries are concentrated in different parts/regions of Canada? Like, agriculture in prairie provinces.
 

54321

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If you do not get a satisfactory job that you can be proud of and combine that with brutally cold weather, expensive food, housing, and everything else ... that's a tough one to live through ... sorry Canada.
 

torontosm

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54321 said:
Then why does the Canadian government keep accepting immigrants with education and experience?
Because ~300,000 new immigrants per year has been set as an arbitrary number by historical precedence, and no party wants to be seen as the one that is "anti-immigrant" by reducing the inflow of new immigrants. So, we keep bringing the same number of new immigrants in each year, regardless of economic conditions or the availability of jobs. It's all politics in the end.
 

54321

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torontosm said:
Because ~300,000 new immigrants per year has been set as an arbitrary number by historical precedence, and no party wants to be seen as the one that is "anti-immigrant" by reducing the inflow of new immigrants. So, we keep bringing the same number of new immigrants in each year, regardless of economic conditions or the availability of jobs. It's all politics in the end.
Good to know but its not right policy. Isn't it better to let people not suffer because they are unable to work in their developed careers then to be "seen as anti-immigrant". By adjusting the no. of immigrants coming into country due to changing factors like economic growth, etc, should/cannot make you "anti-immigrant" because it is Canada's right to accommodate newcomers as per ongoing conditions. Will you invite someone for dinner if you have less/no food in your stores.
 

rajibsam

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No one learns swimming by just watching a pool from distance. One has to go inside the pool. From your home country, probability of finding job in Canada is absolutely zero. No one will take you unless face to face interview is done. If you want to find job, come to Canada and search for job. What happened to your friend need not happen to you. job also depends on one's skill set- are you able to communicate properly, do you have skills in your field which will set you apart from others, do you have good resume and cover letter, is your field on demand, etc etc. All of my friends with varied experience in IT (even with no exp) got job within 2-3 months of post graduate work permit (not even PR). Before finding the job some suggested that getting permanent full time job in work permit is almost impossible and only contracting will be available - but most of them got full time permanent, even one got into permanent govt job with work permit. So every ones experience is different. The most important factors are your communication ability and your skills. If it's not as per Canadian requirement, you will struggle (that's why ielts has so much importance in express entry). If it takes time for one to get job then introspect these skills and join a community college or university to upgrade yourself. That will help you in networking and more opportunities. Govt provides support (osap) for education.