Oct 02 2011

Need a job!

OK! Happily landed, got the SIN cards, bank accounts are done, kids started schooling and the basic stuff is all up and running. What next?

Need a Job!

Be prepared to hear 3 things here…

  1. Sorry! No jobs for a newcomer! How about 2 years of Canadian experience and 3 professional references?
  2. The Canadian economy is severely hit because of the US thingy and so jobs are even far for experienced Canadians.
  3. Why do you want to wait for that X job in your field? That could take forever! Why not take up a survival job first?

Believe me, every newcomer has to go through this phase and there are very few exceptions like for people who come with a proper job! I did get to meet more than a handful of people who had no one to help them in their initial days and so they were all by themselves. Although the Government of Canada tries to bridge that gap for the newcomers, there are just enough reasons for people to lose track and get into the wrong path only to regret later.

Right, to overcome the above 3 deadly factors, there is a good suggestion from my side. Among the many government sponsored programs for new comers, there is one called Work skills Co Op Program, and it has been successfully used by many. The link to the centres that offer these programs is here. There is a similar program called the ELT(Enhanced language Training). The settlement workers or a personnel in a Newcomer Information Center can help us with more info on such programs. This is Toronto, GTA specific. I am not sure if we have similar programs across Canada. If yes, I suggest you all to make use of it.

The goal of these programs is to successfully integrate newcomers into the active workforce. Believe me, these programs are much in demand and they get filled up very quickly, sometimes even before a month of the start date. So, visiting one of these centres within your first or the second week is highly recommended. They basically have some pre screening and interview sessions before enrolling us into the programs of our choice. These are industry specific programs and the basic outline of the course is that, out of the total 12 weeks course schedule, we are required to attend full-time classes for the first 6 weeks and then they will arrange for a volunteer placement for us, in our field. For example, a banking professional attending this program will get a volunteer placement in one of the banks, or a similar setup for 6 weeks and that will be his/her most valued Canadian work experience.

Here’s a very useful like about the co op program.

That`s one way to gain Canadian work experience as soon as you arrive here. Of course there is that traditional way of job search where people do get through and land in a job in no time! Yes networking is again a key to your job search here and it can happen anywhere, meaning on a bus, train, local community centre or a Co Op Centre. Keep the eyes and ears wide open! Stretch your wings and be as social as you can. Good luck to all of you!

Indira Prabhakaran.

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    • Ghanshyam on October 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm
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    hi, Indira.
    very helpful post, i am always reading your post, and it is priceless, what i want to know is that i am M D physician, and it is possible for me to participate in above mention program and get volunteer placement for us.

    1. Yes, for the regulated occupation folks, they will try and get some entry level job for us in that field, for example, for an Architect it could be something like an Autocad draftsman, project coordinator etc.,. Unsure of the doctors.. You cna contact them and see what they offer. The info is on the link in the post.


      Indira Prabhakaran.

    • Mona on November 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm
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    Hello Indira,

    I have bee followig your posts and have benefitted immensely from it. Thank you so much.

    If it’s not too personal, would you kindly tell me if you have already got a job? If you have, then what job did you get and how?

    Thanks much

    1. Hi Mona 🙂

      Thanks for the compliments :). Yes I did get a job in my field within a month of arrival. I took help of the ‘Employment Ontario’ program mentioned in the blog, but before they could find something for me, I started applying online. And, I got a job :). The key is not to restrict yourself to one or 2 job search streams, just stretch the wings 🙂

      Indira Prabhakaran.

    • madhusudhanrao on December 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm
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    Hi indira

    you are doing a tremendous job , i use to see your posting very often which is really helpful,here is mine, iam a hotelier i can u tell whether Vancouver is the best place or Toronto , iam in confusion where i have to land , n i have to know whether above help me to get a job

    1. Thanks 🙂 We are still debating as with the Vancouver or Toronto, Although we have landed in Toronto. I keep hearing Vancouver can be a better place for tourism professionals.

      Indira Prabhakaran.

    • Pavitra on December 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm
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    Hi Indra,

    I have been following your blog right from the day one since I applied for fsw. Can you please tell me how abt the job market in ontario for network engineers and technical recruiters with 2 yrs of experience.

    1. Hi Pavitra,

      Thanks for following this blog :). I’m not sure of the particular professions here. I see so many job postings for IT pros recently among the thousands of other openings.

      Indira Prabhakaran.

      • Pavitra on December 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm
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      Thanks for your prompt reply Indira.I have one more doubt.

      Currently we are in uk,so our residential address is uk and we gave mailing address as Chennai. Is it necessary to inform NDVO about change in residential address since we recently moved to new house.

      1. Yes, very much you have to let them know of this change. If the indian communication address is still usable, indicate that while contacting them.

        Indira Prabhakaran.

    • madhusudhanrao on December 2, 2011 at 10:57 am
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    Hi Indira

    thanks for your reply, iam married .my wife and i applied for pr visa, now we having a new born baby with us we are planning to him along with us, i have 2 question here

    1) what are the documents required for him to get the visa,

    2) he is too young now just 3months iam expecting my visa max in June or before that by god grace ,is it possible to take him after 2years because here in chennai our parents will take care of him once we settle down there we can take him please guide me

    1. If you have not done yet, please contact the NDVO to add your kid to the existing application. They need to know this before they make a decision in your case.

      ALL applicants included in the application MUST land before the visa expires. Doesn’t matter if they return to their country the day after landing. So may be the kid have to make a short landing trip and can be taken back to grand parents after that.

      Indira Prabhakaran.

        • madhusudhanrao on December 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm
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        thanks for your reply indira, how much funds i have to show as POF to vo i when iam taking my newborn baby, some of my friends said it is not necessary , and some are saying i have to show,$17011 will you please guide me

        1. Your reply is here.. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/funds.asp Yes, you have to include funds for ALL members(including the baby) as long as they are included in the applciation and received visa.

          Indira Prabhakaran.

    • madhusudhanrao on December 6, 2011 at 11:58 pm
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    thank u very indira

    • madhusudhanrao on December 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm
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    hi indira thanks alot for ur reply is it necessary to show POF to my new born kid if so please reply

    1. Yes 🙂

      Indira Prabhakaran.

    • tony_k on December 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm
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    Hi Indira,,,

    My name is tony..Am a tool and die maker by profession..I applied for canada migration about 5 years ago and got my visa a month back..I would like to know the chances of tool and die profession in toronto…I know this question should be really asked to some employment agencies,,But if u know the chances of this profession,please let me know..That would be a help for me…


    1. Hi Tony,

      I do not have any idea on this profession. May be you can check on some online job postings here and you could have an idea of the same.

      Indira Prabhakaran.

    • tony_k on December 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm
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    HI Indira,,

    Thanks for the reply…

    From your name,i guess you are from south India..Am also from south,,to be exact Kerala..


    1. Yes, I am from Tamil nadu 🙂

      Indira Prabhakaran.

    • ken on February 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm
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    Hi Indira,

    Got my PR visa. Applied from India for many jobs through top employers in Canada related to my field. Im a Microbiologist. To tell you Ive not received a single reply. Bit frustrated. Wanting to drop the plan of ever settling in Canada.

    Needed some suggestions from your side


    1. Looks like you have not researched enough on immigration to Canada. Did someone promise you that having a Canadian PR and residing in India will automatically entitle you to nice jobs with top employers in Canada? May be your immigration consultant painted that rosy picture to trap you in!

      The reality is ALL immigrants HAVE to come here and work hard, prepare and network for jobs. As with any country, people have to LOOK for jobs and sometimes it’s hard to get through the first shot. Yes thousands and thousands of immigrants have done it and are still doing it.

      Sending emails from India is the least effective way of job search in Canada. I suggest you do a bit more research on this topic and prepare yourself for Canadian job market.

      Indira Prabhakaran.

    • Siddhika on February 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm
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    Dear Indira,
    I am following your blog keenly since the past few months & I really appreciate your efforts of helping fellow immigrants:-)
    I would like to introduce myself since we haven’t interacted before. I am an Architect from Mumbai. We (my husband & I) recently got our PR visas in Feb & are planning to come to Toronto (preferably) in late May 2012.

    Since your husband is an Architect (correct me if I am wrong- I had read in one of your posts on http://www.canadavisa.com), I would like your/his guidance regarding the Architectural credential assessment, job market, housing etc.
    Currently I am gathering all the documents that are required for getting my credentials assessed. I am in two minds whether to do it while in India itself or should I do it after coming there.
    I believe your husband too must have gone through the same process, can you tell me the result of his assessment, whether he was told to do his masters or do bridge courses. Since the architectural syllabus would be common for all the bachelor’s degree in India, I will have a fair idea of how much funds I will have to keep aside for my courses accordingly

    Your guidance & experience will really help me to be prepared well in advance before coming there
    I will look forward to hearing from you soon:-)

    1. I have emailed you the details.

      Indira Prabhakaran.

    • ken on March 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm
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    Hi Indira,

    I intend do the landing in April end. My wife and kid are not accompanying me due to personal reason

    As regards the B4 forms,

    1)The pic of the jewellry has to be taken. Do I need to take the pics of jewellry Im wearing in person i.e chain and ring? How many copies are needed.

    2) For my unaccompanying wife do I need to declare her jewellry at my first arrival itself and enter in the Goods to follow list or when they make their first arrival in Canada.

    Bit confused. Could you kindly give in incite into this


    1. Hi Ken,

      Take pictures of ALL jewellery and yes, include the entire family for this purpose. PA has to declare everything and get it stamped on landing, even if the dependants are not accompanying. Other details on the landing prep posts.

      Indira Prabhakaran.

    • Syed on June 24, 2012 at 10:22 am
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    I’m from Hyd and have recently landed to become a PR, being an IT professional and working for a large MNC in India I have not yet quit my job and have returned back to continue with work. But while I was in Toronto I got this acceptance into a 6 week full time bridging program about which you have mentioned in your blog. i have deferred it to attend by the 3rd or 4th quarter of this year.

    My question is how promising are these bridging programs when it comes to the placement, the one I got acceptance into looks really great and is sponsored by ICTC Canada’s Information and communication tech council. Would like to know your opinion about the picture after attending this program?

    Wainting for your valuable inputs.


    • Rahul on November 15, 2014 at 10:46 am
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    Hi Indra,
    I am from India. I did my Bachelors in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and I am currently working with an US Automobile company for the past 1 year as a Senior Executive – Projects. Earlier I have worked with an Italian FMCG company for 1 year as an Industialization Engineer. And before that I have worked for 2 years as a Project Engineer for one Indian Constuction Company. I want to appy for Permanent Residence. But I am confused as which country to choose among Canada and Australia. Can you please guide with the options ? I want to know about finding jobs, job profiles, salary structure, cost of living, life style, higher educatons (MBA/MS).

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