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"Remember your weekly mix of activity will vary, depending on how soon you need to be employed, how much time you have to spend on your campaign each week, the economy, the relative difficulty of job finding in your targeted field, and the relative effectiveness of each job search method with regards to your job objective. Good Luck!!!" [source: JobSearch-in-Canada.com]
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23 April 2012

Attributes that are most sought by Canadian employers

A job application requires two major components, viz., qualifications (education, work experience, etc.) and qualities (Character attributes or behavioral attributes).
These qualities, most-wanted by employers, include:
  1. Attitude (your personal values)
  2. Communication Skills (verbal and written)
  3. Task-related Skills
  4. Problem-solving
  5. Decision-making
  6. Interpersonal skills or Teamwork skills (the ability to relate with other people)
  7. Commitment to the Job
  8. Strong work ethic
  9. Honesty and integrity
  10. Motivation and initiative
  11. Flexibility and adaptability
  12. Computer skills
  13. Analytical skills
  14. Organizational skills

On the same shelf:
  • Job Seekers | Career Resources | Top Skills Employers Want
  • What Canadian Employers Want in Employees
    EXTRACT: To be successful as an immigrant in the Canadian labour market you need to know what the Canadian employers want and are looking for. Then, you have to market yourself and communicate to the potential employer that you do have the attributes and skills they are looking for.
  • The CACEE Campus Recruitment and Benchmark Survey Report ...
    Verbal communication skills and analytical ability are the dominant skill attributes that Canadian employers seek from their new graduate hires.
  • Character Development Initiative Ontario boards and schools
  • Figuring Out What Employers Want, YMCA of Greater Toronto
    And don’t forget the following basic attributes of all great job candidates.

    : Candidates should actively listen, understand, and learn. They should be comfortable working with the text- and graphic-based written materials used in a particular role

    : Great applicants know how to think critically and act logically to evaluate situations, solve problems, and make decisions. They use math skills to understand and solve problems, then make use of the results. They're comfortable with the technology of business, and can choose the right tool for the job

    : A commitment to lifelong learning can make a strong impression on a potential employer

  • 18 April 2012

    Canadian Charter's 30th birthday - Media monitoring

    The Charter was adopted during the tenure of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau when the Constitution was repatriated from the United Kingdom on April 17, 1982. Queen Elizabeth II attended a ceremony on Parliament Hill to sign the documents that transformed Canada from a parliamentary democracy to a constitutional one. -- source: World News Report, -- Free Smart Phone App of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and canadianlawsite.ca

  •   Is the Charter changing Canada for the worse? Toronto Star
  •   6 big changes the Charter of Rights has brought, CBC.ca
  •   At 30, the Charter of Rights has reshaped our society, for the better Toronto Star
  •   Why this year could prove to be the Charter's most controversial, Globe and Mail

  •   Conservatives mark Charter anniversary, Toronto Sun

  •   Every Canadian's eco-rights need Charter protection, Globe and Mail
  •   Andrew Coyne: Canada’s Charter of Rights imposes vital limits on the discretion of government, National Post
  •   Liberals celebrate charter, TheChronicleHerald.ca
  •   A charter we can debate endlessly, London Free Press

    From the bloggers world:
  •   I Miss My Childhood: Happy 30th Charter!
  •   Just Musing: The 30th Anniversary Of The Charter
  •   Canadian Daily Digest, INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
  •   Whatever.com: Not Your Ancestor's Magna Carta

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  • 01 April 2012

    Federal budget 2012: Skilled immigrants urge investments into talents already in Canada

    Nicholas Keung, Immigration Reporter, Toronto Star, Sat Mar 31 2012

    Naseem Ahmed Pasha, 44, from India, finished medical school at Mysore University and practised for three years in India, followed by nine in Saudi Arabia. He's passed the Canadian exams but can't get into the requisite residency.

    Every evening after dinner, Naseem Ahmed Pasha would don his dress pants and dress shirt, and say goodbye to his three boys, telling them he was leaving for work in hospital.

    By the time Pasha, a family doctor from India, got to his worksite, he would change into his uniform, the uniform of a security guard, for his 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift at a Toronto condominium – for $8.50 an hour.

    Before Pasha arrived Canada in 2006 under the skilled immigrant program, he was confident he would soon be able to use his skills and contribute to this country in a meaningful way.

    After all, he has a medical degree from India’s University of Mysore and practiced medicines first in India and then in Saudi Arabia for 15 years. In his two years as a security guard here, he studied and passed all the qualifying exams and had his credentials certified.

    Yet today, instead of treating patients and curing diseases, Pasha is sweeping floors and lifting heavy merchandise at a Toronto home improvement hardware store on survival wages.

    “It’s a very tough pill to swallow,” said the 44-year-old, choking back tears. “I wasn’t prepared for this kind of jobs. But coming here, you have to survive and put bread on the table.

    “I didn’t tell my kids because I come from a culture where being a doctor is an honourable and noble profession. Now my status has dropped, doing blue-collar jobs. It would have a bad impact on my kids.”
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  • Marni Soupcoff: Why so many immigrant professionals are driving cabs . And what Jason Kenney can do about it, Mar 29, 2012 nationalpost.com
    The federal government’s new plan to hire a private firm to assess the educational credentials of potential immigrants is wise....

    This is a far cry from a solution to Canada’s problem with smoothly integrating immigrants into the labour market, however.

    In some ways, it’s beside the point since it has no impact on the biggest challenge for new Canadians seeking work: the protectionist provincial, municipal and professional occupational licensing requirements that make entering a trade or profession an unnecessarily long, expensive and difficult (if not impossible) process.

    These regulations are more about raising government revenues and coddling industry insiders from competition than they are about helping the public.

    The problem is that they get so little attention or scrutiny that they remain in place unchallenged year after year – at great cost to both the country’s economy and new Canadians trying to make a living for themselves and their families.

    At a minimum, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney should commit to assembling statistics on the economic impact of the country’s professional licensing requirements.

    Here is a small sampling of Ontario’s occupational licensing regime and the hoops through which foreign-trained workers have to jump in order to get a job in the province:

    Someone who wants to do any teaching, researching, selling or giving advice about crops or livestock must register with the Ontario Institute of Agrologists as a “professional agrologist.” ...

    Someone who wants to work as a dietician must register with the College of Dietitians of Ontario.

    Someone who wants to work as an accountant must become a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.
    Is it any wonder there are so many immigrant professionals driving cabs?
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