Despite their level of education and work experience from their native countries, workers new to Canada are finding it challenging to secure jobs that are commensurate with their backgrounds. This can be attributed to a number of factors, including:
- Language barriers
- Limited social and professional networking
- Perceived inequities in educational standards
- Lack of Canadian work experience/credentials
- Fewer positions available than perhaps anticipated
- Employer hiring practices within the current economy
In addition, newcomers to Canada are also facing the prospect of having to work longer to attain similar levels of employment and compensation to those of their Canadian-born peers. For all of these reasons, new Canadians looking for/in need of work may benefit from agency staffing services, such as those offered by Winters Technical Staffing.
From a general perspective, there are several ways that employment agencies can aid newcomers seeking work in Canada. In addition to addressing the obvious and ultimate goal of placing these individuals in positions with acceptable responsibilities and adequate compensation, these agency staffing services can also encompass:
- Career mapping
- Resume development
- Networking opportunities
Toronto Employment Agencies Can Assist In Adapting Resumes And Search Efforts
As noted previously, employment agencies can play an integral role in finding suitable work for new Canadians by helping them adapt their resumes and job search processes, particularly in highly competitive job markets like Toronto and the GTA.
Here are some key actions that can be implemented through agency staffing services:
- Exploring options in preferred as well related fields
- Identifying demographic or cultural opportunities
- Recognizing any obstacles that must be overcome
- Ensuring the proper use of grammar and punctuation
- Emphasizing distinctive skills (e.g.: languages written/spoken)
- Tailoring/customizing content to targeted positions/employers
- Keeping information current/updating changes when/as required
- Providing awareness of/access to jobs not otherwise posted publicly
- Guidance on the use of social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn)
- Targeting and joining specific/appropriate professional associations
Mentorships/internships – pursuing any/all of the following:
- Community-based or volunteer programs designed for new Canadians
- Private-sector placements that provide workplace insight/experience
- Government initiatives aimed at integrating newcomers to the workplace
- Identifying/addressing gaps between foreign and domestic accreditations
- Finding apprenticeship opportunities to develop or enhance requisite skills
- In-house sessions on workplace safety, interviewing, cold-calling, etc.
If you are new to the Canadian workplace and looking for a position that is appropriate to your educational background and previous work experience, call Winters Technical Staffing today at 1-877-495-7422 or contact us for a complimentary consultation.