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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Balenciaga28: 4:51pm On Apr 20|
Is there anything like Temporary Residence With Work permit visa in Canada
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Obi1conte: 5:07pm On Apr 20|
Ramj:Thx for the review.
Should i be worried about the part that they trash people's food items?
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by stonecoldcafe: 6:07pm On Apr 20|
Welcome my sister. I was actually nodding my head in affirmation while reading this part of your post. LOL
I too had a skewered notion about the NE based on what i'd read
But coming here, hmm, I come begin wonder wetin hood for here I mean i lived in tougher situation neighbourhoods back at home so...
I'm not saying I know Calgary like the back of my palm but personally, the NE has been very good to me; absolutely good
I particularly love the fact that everything I need (right now) is around me
I have also visited some friends in other parts of the city
The area in NW I visited was extremely beautiful but... so also was Coral Spring area (not that i live there oh) LOL
I'm just glad to be where I am with good support close by in this crucial early days
I think the key message here is to be guided but also have an open opinion
PS: Skyview houses are calling out to me but who knows the future...
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Scandinavian02: 6:38pm On Apr 20|
Is the Banking/Finance industry in Canada a regulated profession?
Is Banking worth it in Canada? Is it also easy to get in after over 10years experience in Nigerian Banking Sector?
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Anikulapu: 7:55pm On Apr 20|
True talk my brother.... please are you Canada and where .....I will be needing a teaching job when I land around July .
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Jumdah20: 9:37pm On Apr 20|
Hi, I used Alausa
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by harewud: 10:18pm On Apr 20|
Toronto public library close to Bloor-Yonge
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by harewud: 10:22pm On Apr 20|
St Patrick’s day parade (March 10)
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Jumdah20: 10:23pm On Apr 20|
I am sorry, just saw this. It was at Alausa although I heard that booklets have become scarce again.
You can pm so that I send you a few contacts
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by harewud: 10:26pm On Apr 20|
Eaton Center, Christmas period!
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by harewud: 10:29pm On Apr 20|
Nathan Phillips square during Christmas
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Bigdhemmy: 10:56pm On Apr 20|
Hello bro, Please I will be glad if you can send me the materials. I am interested.Inbox me: email@example.com
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by zigalo(m): 11:37pm On Apr 20|
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by maziude: 2:24am On Apr 21|
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by guitarlife2: 6:02am On Apr 21|
Alot has been said already about carrying oil, bribing customs, beautiful landscapes, I do think the real reason most leave the comfort of their own Country is to get a decent job in Canada.
And to me this is the prayer of many including myself so I am not gonna bore you with what airlines I took or what we ate on the plane, that has been overflogged already.
I am gonna focus mostly on what I think is the best approach to getting a job as soon as possible based on my own experience. I do think IT practitioners would benefit most from this post but I believe there would be some take home for everyone regardless of which is your profession.
I was just about a year and some months into IT before I left Naija, Although I had written CCNA more than 10 years ago which eventually proved extremely pivotal in getting this wonderful role with a great company. To put things in proper perspective, my experience was very superficial and extremely disjointed. I could not claim to be a database admin, or network expert, or security professional or infrastructure guru.
So I claimed to be a service desk/helpdesk/desktop professional.
Point 1 : If you have atleast 1 year experience in IT your best route is to look towards the Servicedesk/Technical support /Enduser support role to get a lee way into the world of IT in Canada, If you have considerable experience in IT I'd advise you do a certification in that area to give you some credibility in the eye of the employers.
So how does this affect all the other professions or what can other professions too take away from this. I have a friend a physiotherapist in Naija but her profession will require some exams before she could practice. What happens is that even if she eventually passess the exam she would still be overqualified for most entry level roles and Canadians don't usually throw people without Canadian experience into managerial positions except in very rare cases. Rather than just wait for months to get into a particular role, you could plan to get into a role that is related into your targeted role even if the pay is not much. The idea is to hang around the corridor of the career you wanna do long term.
For health professionals, I'd advise you do a First aid / Aed course first week of landing and start looking out for Personal Support Worker jobs or something related to that. For people in Engineering, you could do a 3 month plc programming course in Naija and edit your resume as a technician instead of an Engineer to give you an edge. This brings me to my next point..
Point 2 : Most jobs in Canada do not require an MSC so please loose the MSC and put ur BSC
This point has already generated enough debate, but I stand on my premise. You will miss out on many job opportunities by putting MSC on your resume. I have experienced it. This is because Canadians do not accumulate degrees. Majority are content with a college degree and diploma.
HOw do you want an organisation to hire you if you have an MSC when your prospective supervisor only has a college diploma. It will be better if you put certifications on your resume.
More than 90% of jobs advertised in Canada require no more than a BSC, that should tell you how superfluous a MSC will be.
This is pretty straight forward, you put a MSC on your resume you already overqualified yourself. Except for roles like Senior Business Analysts and Data Scientists .
But if you are targeting entry level roles/intermediate level roles, please a BSC is just enough. They will not tell you they are not hiring you because of your MSC, except the job is requesting for a MSC please leave it at BSC.
Point 3: Your resume is the key to your happiness
Point 4 : Whatever you plan to do long term and regardless of how much money you carried try get into any kind of job at most 3 months but make sure your survival job will give you chance for interviews and job fairs.
I see alot of Nigerians with their arrogance and entitled mindset about not wanting to do survival jobs. My mindset changed the day I saw a chinese lady driving a 2018 model Toyota CRV car and still working at Walmart. She probably has another great job but has some days off and decided to work walmart. My own job is 4 days on and 3 days off, What am I supposed to be doing for 3 days that I am off ? Lounging or playing Candy Crush ? I have a unifrom now, yes ! A security guard uNIform well fitting sef lol. So I work 4 days work 2 days as a security guard and rest for 1 day.
Atleast for the first 2 years I believe an immigrant should be in hustle mode . There is nothing shameful in working survival job. Just dont let your work hours prevent you from going for proper interviews. YOu can learn to drive forklift in 1 day for about 160 Cad. You can apply to 7-11 stores etc.
Point 5 : Job fairs are critical
Point 6 : Connect with a NIgerian in your intended profession and if only to have them share their Resume with you
I was in Calgary for about 3 weeks and I did not get any interviews, I was lucky to reach out to a Nairalander who shared his resume with me. I modified my resume after his own resume and interviews started flying in.
Point 7 : Understand that your technical skills are less than 50% of the reasons you will be hired. Employers here want to see how conversational, relatable and confident you are . So look them in the eye, present a firm handshake and smile always. When you are answering any questions, be confident about it, even if you are saying rubbish smile with confidence and dont be shy to let the interviewer know you do not have answer to a question . They will appreciate your candour.
Point 8 : If you have multiple resumes which is pretty likely in the early days of hunting for jobs, please delete all information from your LINKEDIN account.
I remember applying for some business analysis positions with a very strong resume and I wondered why I did not get any feedback. Shortly after that I checked my linkedin account and realised most of those I applied to had checked my linkedin profile . Unfortunately my linkedin profile was designed at the time to highlight my Application Support experience and not business analysis.
Please do not make this mistake. If you are applying to different jobs with very different resumes, please delete information from your linkedin profile because the recruiters will look you up on linkedin.
Point 9 : If you are in Calgary and have banking experience please consider the BOW Valley college CRTP programme. I have heard good testimonies about that programme.
Point 10 : Create a compelling professional profile on INdeed, glassdor and monster with your location . Hiring managers will contact you from searching these platforms for potential fit staying around the job location.
Point 11 : Please apply for jobs in different cities or regions but put just Canada as your location on your resume. If your resume shows that you are not physically present in the location of the job you are applying to, most recruiters will not pursue you as they will not want to pay for relocation especially if the job is entry level.
[b]Point 12 : Respect the ATS as it throws out 95% of applications. Go on Indeed and glassdoor and identify the tools, processess and methodologies that your intended role demands in Canada. There is something called the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) which will screen out your application if these exact words do not reflect on your resume. 95% of applications are screened out using the application tracking system, for example as an IT person you would have worked with a customized IT service desk platform but the popular one in Canada is either ServiceNow or Remedy, it works exactly the same as our regular service desk so instead of putting another name for Service Desk tool that you can use, go on youtube, watch videos on Service now and REmedy for incident management and problem management (edureka channel on youtube has some lovely videos on this) then put that in your resume.
Here are some great links to look up if you are planning to land in Calgary. THese programmes are competitive and there is living allowance paid during the programme. Please apply early if you plan to attend to ensure you are selected.
For production workers and supply chain/industrial engineers
For IT people planning to switch to IT
For transitioning to supply chain roles
to be continued............
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Liz019: 8:04am On Apr 21|
God bless you!!!
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by iamdoingthings: 9:04am On Apr 21|
Hello @guitarlife2, I would appreciate it if you could send me a copy of the BA resume.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Debsify: 9:38am On Apr 21|
guitarlife2:Nice read. I'm actually an IT help desk/Technician in Nigeria at the moment, and hoping to be in Canada soon to continue my career.
Your information is well received and appreciated. I'll be asking questions and seeking your help whenever I get to Canada eventually. Thanks and God bless.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by OYASALOF(f): 12:36pm On Apr 21|
@guitarlife2 thank you for sharing those valid points. Your point 2 about MSc BSc
Most jobs in Canada do not require an MSC so please loose the MSC and put ur BSC
My husband studied BSc Computer Information System and MSc Purchasing and Supply chain management, with professional certification. His only work experience is with his MSc qualification and he has 5yrs experience. So, how will he go about putting his BSc he has no work experience in against his MSc in his CV. Cheers
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Elektra008(f): 12:47pm On Apr 21|
Guitarlife, what really does a BA role entail and how easy can someone working in banking operations cross over to being a business analyst considering that there has been no prior experience in IT? Also, kindly share a BA resume with me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by guitarlife2: 3:14pm On Apr 21|
iamdoingthings:Please send me a mail on email@example.com.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by guitarlife2: 3:22pm On Apr 21|
OYASALOF:I would reiterate that for a Supply Chain role an MSC is an overkill here, luckily most employers are more concerned about your experience than your field of study.
I saw some good programmes for supply chain professionals, which looked really good.
These programmes are free and could take up to 4 months or there about, I do think some of these programmes also have a work experience component too (Not too sure) , but when I went through the curriculum they looked really great.
You could check this link , https://www.lifemark.ca/supply-chain . I believe your husband can get a job by the side maybe survival that he can be doing in the evenings if he plans to take this programme and it's also free.
In summary, I would suggest he plan to enrol for this programme while he is also actively looking for jobs so that he can spread his options, which is the right approach here. Please spread your options and dont be so picky at first.
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by guitarlife2: 3:23pm On Apr 21|
Debsify:Please send me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by guitarlife2: 3:24pm On Apr 21|
iamdoingthings:PLease send me a mail at email@example.com
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by colly1860: 3:27pm On Apr 21|
Please, Can I ask for a sample too.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by guitarlife2: 3:34pm On Apr 21|
colly1860:Please send me a mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Dyolahh: 4:08pm On Apr 21|
Please can I ask for a sample as well. Many thanks!
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by joo2018: 4:25pm On Apr 21|
I believe you know what to do.
Please don't clutter the thread.
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Hadampson(m): 5:13pm On Apr 21|
This is not true
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|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Cosdam: 6:36pm On Apr 21|
Thanks for sharing the above. Please do you know of any other supply chain programs (free/subsidized) or perhaps a weblink to other programs?
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Milllz: 7:16pm On Apr 21|
Can I use pen and paper to neatly write down and make my goods accompanying list?
|Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by 19CannyMum: 8:11pm On Apr 21|
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