What exercise is to the body, employment is to the mind and morals. – Henry David Thoreau
For anyone immigrating to a new country, finding employment as soon as you arrive is a top priority. It was no different for Dale who was preparing to leave his home in the Philippines and his well-established career in Accounting. When he started researching the job market in Canada, he came across JVS Toronto’s CanPrep pre-arrival employment program and signed up. With determination and focus, Dale worked his way through the following steps of the CanPrep program:
The online learning modules gave Dale vital information on how to perform an effective job search in Canada. They also gave him insight into the culture of the Canadian workplace allowing him to successfully familiarize himself with what employer’s expected of him.
Dale used CanPrep’s resume building tools, along with the E-Learning Modules, to build a strong resume and cover letter that would get him noticed by Canadian employers.
With his resume and cover letter ready, Dale worked with a CanPrep Employment Specialist to help plan his job search strategy. Working together through online audio sessions, CanPrep helped Dale prepare for interviews, boosting his confidence to face the challenges ahead.
These preparatory steps helped Dale gain the tools he needed to be ready to enter the Canadian job market. He was organized and prepared to start making connections with employers. With CanPrep’s support, Dale was able to take the last few steps to employment in Canada:
- He contacted Canadian accounting professionals
- Sought feedback and refined his resume
- Discovered how to leverage his foreign credentials to find a job
- Enrolled in a Bridging program upon arriving to New Brunswick. This crucial step reassured any potential employers that Dale would acquire the relevant professional designations needed to work in Canada.
And all his hard work paid off! Dale was able to secure a good job offer within a month of arriving in Canada. Dale offers the following advice to professionals immigrating to Canada:
Never rush your landing. Make sure to take advantage of pre-arrival services. Improve your credentials as much as you can. There are online Canadian work opportunities and diploma courses available, so make sure to utilize those.
I highly recommend the CanPrep program because it focuses on strategies to find work specifically in Canada. I am grateful that I participated in the program. CanPrep helped me boost my confidence and helped me prepare for my new job.
Congratulations Dale and best wishes.
CanPrep can help you prepare for employment before arriving in Canada. Register for more info.
Written by Sharvari Jois, Employment Counsellor/Mentoring Coach at JVS Toronto. Sharvari is passionate about making a difference in the lives of new comers to Canada. She comes to CanPrep with extensive international experience in human resources, recruitment, training and mentoring.