Here are a few tips, from Toronto agencies that offer various services to help immigrants find jobs.
A – Attitude: “Finding a job is difficult and requires patience and reaffirming that you’re on the right track and doing the right thing,” says Elizabeth McIsaac, executive director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. “Doing it in a new country is even more difficult. Pay attention to keeping motivated and positive and not getting down.”
B – Balance: There’s a natural tendency to stick within your own ethnocultural group because of language and other reasons, but try to broaden your horizons and build networks. “Challenge yourself to connect with a more diverse group and it will create more opportunity,” McIsaac says.
C – Communication: “No matter what kind of job you are pursuing, polish your business communication techniques to ensure strong written and verbal skills,” says Janice Rudkowski, director of marketing and communications for Career Edge Organization. “The feedback we get from employers who go through resumés and cover letters shows they’re looking for grammatical and spelling errors to filter people out.”