Finding a job as a new immigrant: Always prepare a backup plan

Finding a job as a new immigrant: Always prepare a backup plan

It’s not difficult to see Canada as a paradise cut straight from heaven. Who would not be charmed by its unconventional, young and hip prime minister who has not only opened his country to everyone but a self-confessed feminist, too? For years, Canada has willingly and silently embraced being second to the US in terms of being a popular tourist and immigration destination. It has now changed. Recent shifts in the US’s political milieu have catapulted Canada into the limelight. In fact, a political writer blatantly declared that the “Great American Dream” is now a thing of the past and that it has already “moved to Canada.” And why not? Trudeau’s Canada has an efficient government that values social welfare and equality so much, things that seem to have disappeared from America these days.
Yet behind Canada’s irresistibility are flaws that one would only discover as they spend their first few weeks or months in the country as a new immigrant. Of course, there’s no such thing as “perfect” even if you juxtapose the word to a First World country. For the immigrants, however, what’s surprising and alarming is the employment predicaments that continue to haunt not only the expats but also the locals.
It’s easier to get a visa and enter Canada than any of the other wealthier nations, yes, but finding a job that fits your qualifications isn’t. Most professionals entering Canada would settle for odd jobs first just to make ends meet as they apply for the jobs they’re experts of. Indeed, getting their credentials recognized and obtaining relevant local work experience is a common problem. Especially if you lack the language skills—either French or English—since most employers would not hire someone who would have difficulties in communicating in the long run, which is understandable.
The quandary affecting new immigrants in Canada in 2013 is very much alive today despite the staggering reality that the country is continuously making its immigration policies more accessible because it needs workers. Most Canadian employers demand “Canadian Work Experience” to foreign applicants, something that takes months and years to obtain.
That’s why most experts advise new immigrants to face this harsh reality with sincerity. When moving to a new country, one is starting from scratch. Unless you are an exceptional talent that a local company is willing to sponsor you just to get your service. For instance, though it’s not always the case, if you’re a senior graphic designer in your own country, don’t expect to have the same position when you land in Canada. There’s a higher likelihood that you would end up applying for an entry level position, and you’ll have to work your way up again once you get in.
Plan carefully. Believe it when immigration specialists say that you have to be fluent in English or French first to convince local employers that you’re a good find and that your résumé has to be formatted and written according to local standards. Don’t hesitate to acquiesce when they advise you ensure that the elementary things are done, even though its sounds like going back to the start, as though you’re a fresh graduate again. You are no longer in your country of origin and with a few carefully planned steps, you will be on your path to success in Canada.
In other words: have a plan B, or C even for the meantime. But the good news is that doing these things is easier in Canada than other countries. It all goes back to its efficient government, rule of law, lack of discrimination rate, and the multiculturalism it has long learned to embrace with authenticity.  

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