Those who visit Staten Island, get to read what an Italian had to say about immigrants' and their expectations:
I was told that American streets are paved with gold, When I came, I saw that they were not paved with gold, And that I was expected to pave them with gold.
As far as Canadian immigrant is concerned, the stroy and the statement is much the same. Any professional who comes to Canada is told that he / she needs 'local experience,' (you have to pave them with gold)
This is the message every landed immigrant gets, eveywhere, everytime. Where does one get the experience, if jobs are not open for new or just landed professionals?
Often heard responses in Canadian JOB MARKET: You must upgrade your qualifications!! You must volunteer in 'some' Canadian institution!! You must have at least three years of experience (which DIRECTLY implies LOCAL experience)!! You must have a resume that talks of soft and hard skills (no English dictionary tells you what it means)!! You must network (i.e., not asking to build a computer connection, in a new-found-land), rather build a connection of people who Know You and Can refer you as a Known ....!!
This is just a short list of all !!!
Visit my welcome package if you are new and looking (or rather trying to avoid the fault lines, scams, and the crooked ways): www.dear.to/toronto
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If you have more to ask, ask-a-librarian at your branch or your library may offer an online help service. In Canada we have a number of Human Resource Development Centre's (HRDC) approach any one for job workshop. All the Best.