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Job Seeker Success Story

Job Search Help for Recent Immigrants

Client:Nihar
Goal: Find first Canadian job in field of choice
Challenge: Lack of Canadian work experience
Support offered: One-on-one coaching, Resume critique, Mock interview

“VPI helps you in getting the basics right and encourages you to never stop trying until you get what you’re looking for.””

– Nihar, former job seeker

Situation

Nihar is a recent immigrant to Canada with a background in Project Management. When he got in contact with VPI he had all the right credentials and was highly motivated to find work in his industry. But he lacked Canadian work experience.

He was not interested in taking jobs outside of his industry just to gain experience. He had already received help with his job search from other services but had not yet had any success.

Nihar met with one of our expert Career Specialists and together they worked on revising his resume to make it specific and relevant to his career goals.

With his newly-optimized resume, Nihar was able to land an interview with a company in his industry of choice. After doing a mock interview with his Career Specialist, Nihar nailed the real interview and was offered the job.

Nihar is currently employed and gaining Canadian experience in his industry of choice and is optimistic about his future as part of the Canadian workforce.

For more information on how we can help you with your job search, contact us today.

Read the whole story

Situation

Nihar is a recent immigrant to Canada with a background in Project Management. When he got in contact with VPI he had all the right credentials and was highly motivated to find work in his industry. But he lacked Canadian work experience.

He was not interested in taking jobs outside of his industry just to gain experience. He had already received help with his job search from other services but had not yet had any success.

Nihar met with one of our expert Career Specialists and together they worked on revising his resume to make it specific and relevant to his career goals.

With his newly-optimized resume, Nihar was able to land an interview with a company in his industry of choice. After doing a mock interview with his Career Specialist, Nihar nailed the real interview and was offered the job.

Nihar is currently employed and gaining Canadian experience in his industry of choice and is optimistic about his future as part of the Canadian workforce.

For more information on how we can help you with your job search, contact us today.

Events & Workshops

Every month we host various events at our branches to help job seekers develop their job search skills and get back to work. Registration is required and all events are free, unless otherwise indicated. Click an event listing to see more details and to register.

FEATURED EVENTS

Careers in the Trades – Hamilton

Monday, March 4 | 10am
Learn about apprenticeship programs and explore careers in the trades. Presented in partnership with St Charles Adult Education Centre.

Job Search Cafe

Friday, February 1 | 10:00 am
Come for the coffee, stay for the networking! Join us for a casual morning of networking and information about your job search.

Plan accordingly! View all of our events this month by clicking through to our monthly calendar.

Job fairs & Hiring Events

Comfort Keepers (Georgetown) | Tuesday, January 22 | 11:00 am

Positions: PSWs, RPNs, Dietary Aides, Housekeeping

Winter Job Fair (Oshawa) | Tuesday, January 22 | 12:00 pm

Positions: Order Picker, Packaging, Production Line Workers

Minus Forty (Georgetown) | Thursday, January 24 | 2:00 pm

Positions: Production Assembly Workers

Staff Plus (Mississauga) | Wednesday, January 30 | 10:00 am

Positions: )rder Picking, Packaging, Production Line Workers, Food Production Mixers, Food Production Batchers, Warehouse Sanitation/Cleaners, Entry Level Cell Phone Tester/Screener, Cell Phone Refurbishment/Technician, Entry Level Log-in Operators, Raymond Reach Operator, Counterbalance, CNC Break Press, Mechanical Millwright, Industrial Electrician, Payroll & Benefits Administrator

Staff Plus (Ajax) | Thursday, January 31 | 9:00 am

Positions: General Labour & Forklift, Light Packaging, Order Pickers, Machine Operators, General Warehouse Workers

Staff Plus (Etobicoke) | Friday, February 1 | 1:00 pm

Positions: Order Picking, Packaging, Production Line Workers, Food Production Mixers, Food Production Batchers, Labelling Associates, Warehouse Sanitation/Cleaners, Line Lead, Warehouse Foreman/Supervisor, Light Lifting Industrial Machine Operator, Raymond Reach, Raymond Reach Reverse, Counterbalance, Mechanical Millwright, Production Supervisor, Industrial Electrician, Payroll & Benefits Administrator, National Regulatory Affairs Manager

Childcare Job Fair (Ajax) | Wednesday, February 6 | 10:00 am

Positions: ECA

MeLor Childcare (Vaughan) | Thursday, February 7 | 10:00 am

Positions: ECA, ECE

Maple Leaf (Hamilton) | Friday, February 8 | 1:00 pm

Positions: General Labourer, Skilled Labourer

Job Fair Week: General Labour (Georgetown) | Tuesday, February 12 | 9:30 am

Employers: Arconic, Built Rite Solutions, Ceva Logistics, Core-Mark, Fraser Direct Distribution Ltd., Greenport Environmental Managers Ltd., Ontario Potato Dist. (Alliston) Inc., Ram Game Room, The Georgetown Group Limited, TKO Cleaning Services, Maid Clean Services, KimAid Cleaning Services Inc.

Job Fair Week: Skilled Labour & Trades (Georgetown) | Wednesday, February 13 | 9:30 am

Employers: Deker Electric, Elliott Coach Lines, Fix Auto Georgetown, Hi-Lon Glass Services Ltd., Miracle Method Surface Refinishing, Natu’Oil Services Inc., Xtreme Steel & Profiles Inc.

Staff Plus (Vaughan) | Wednesday, February 13 | 10:00 am

Positions: Order Picking, Packaging, Production Line Workers, Food Production Mixers, Food Production Batchers, Labelling Associates, Warehouse Sanitation/Cleaners, Line Lead, Warehouse Foreman/Supervisor, Light Lifting Industrial Machine Operator, Raymond Reach, Raymond Reach Reverse, Counterbalance, Mechanical Millwright, Production Supervisor, Industrial Electrician, Payroll & Benefits Administrator, National Regulatory Affairs Manager

Special Events

Job Search Cafe (Hamilton) | Friday, February 1 | 10:00 am

Come for the coffee, stay for the networking! Join us for a casual morning of networking and information about your job search.

Smart Serve Certification (Hamilton) | Wednesday, February 6 | 8:30 am

Smart Serve Training allows participants to legally serve alcohol in Ontario. Financial supports may be available to cover fees.

Job Search Cafe (Hamilton) | Friday, February 15 | 10:00 am

Come for the coffee, stay for the networking! Join us for a casual morning of networking and information about your job search.

Careers in the Trades (St. Charles Adult Education Centre) | Monday, March 4 | 10:00 am

Learn about apprenticeship programs and explore careers in the trades. Presented in partnership with St Charles Adult Education Centre.

Workshops

Occupational Research (Hamilton Regional Indian Centre) | Monday, January 21 | 9:30 am

What jobs are you qualified for, and are there any available nearby? Is your field expected to grow, shrink, or stay the same over the next five years? How much does someone with your qualifications typically earn? This course will teach you how to research the job market, so that you can stop wasting time on dead-ends and start making the most of your job search.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 22 | 9:00 am

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Cover Letters (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 22 | 11:00 am

What exactly do you say in a cover letter? What are some “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling cover letters, and when it’s finished you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Occupational Research (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 22 | 2:00 pm

What jobs are you qualified for, and are there any available nearby? Is your field expected to grow, shrink, or stay the same over the next five years? How much does someone with your qualifications typically earn? This course will teach you how to research the job market, so that you can stop wasting time on dead-ends and start making the most of your job search.

Job Interviews (Hamilton) | Thursday, January 24 | 9:00 am

In the middle of an important job interview, the interviewer hits you with a question that makes your mind go blank. As you struggle to say something, panic sets in—which only makes things worse. This happens to everyone, but it doesn’t have to. This workshop teaches you how to handle these stressful events, stay focused, and impress potential employers.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Thursday, January 24 | 2:00 pm

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 29 | 9:00 am

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Cover Letters (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 29 | 11:00 am

What exactly do you say in a cover letter? What are some “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling cover letters, and when it’s finished you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Networking (Hamilton) | Tuesday, January 29 | 2:00 pm

Experts estimate that as many as 90% of all jobs are never posted to the public. That’s a lot! The only way to connect with these ‘hidden’ jobs is by networking—reaching out to the people you know. This course will offer insight into growing, strengthening, and activating your network in person and online.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Tuesday, February 5 | 9:00 am

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Cover Letters (Hamilton) | Tuesday, February 5 | 11:00 am

What exactly do you say in a cover letter? What are some “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling cover letters, and when it’s finished you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Networking (Hamilton) | Tuesday, February 5 | 2:00 pm

Experts estimate that as many as 90% of all jobs are never posted to the public. That’s a lot! The only way to connect with these ‘hidden’ jobs is by networking—reaching out to the people you know. This course will offer insight into growing, strengthening, and activating your network in person and online.

Second Career Orientation (Hamilton) | Thursday, February 7 | 9:30 am

In this session, you will receive an overview of the Second Career program including detailed information about the eligibility and suitability requirements, general guidelines and what to expect through the application process.

Job Interviews (YWCA of Hamilton) | Friday, February 8 | 9:00 am

In the middle of an important job interview, the interviewer hits you with a question that makes your mind go blank. As you struggle to say something, panic sets in—which only makes things worse. This happens to everyone, but it doesn’t have to. This workshop teaches you how to handle these stressful events, stay focused, and impress potential employers.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Tuesday, February 12 | 9:00 am

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Cover Letters (Hamilton) | Tuesday, February 12 | 11:00 am

What exactly do you say in a cover letter? What are some “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling cover letters, and when it’s finished you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Health, Safety & Employment Standards (Hamilton) | Tuesday, February 12 | 2:00 pm

When can your boss fire you without warning? Do you always earn overtime pay for working on a holiday? If your coworkers make sexist jokes or spread gossip about you, what can you do? This workshop helps you understand your rights and responsibilities as a worker, which gives you real power and makes everyone safer.

Building Self-Reliance (YWCA of Hamilton) | Wednesday, February 13 | 9:00 am

Self-reliance is about taking charge of your life. Being able to set personal goals, plan your own budget, and manage your time will make you a more independent person. Being able to respond gracefully to life’s little emergencies will make you a more reliable, helpful person to have around. This course offers some basic tools to get you started.

Job Interviews (Hamilton) | Thursday, February 14 | 9:00 am

In the middle of an important job interview, the interviewer hits you with a question that makes your mind go blank. As you struggle to say something, panic sets in—which only makes things worse. This happens to everyone, but it doesn’t have to. This workshop teaches you how to handle these stressful events, stay focused, and impress potential employers.

Occupational Research (Hamilton) | Thursday, February 14 | 2:00 pm

What jobs are you qualified for, and are there any available nearby? Is your field expected to grow, shrink, or stay the same over the next five years? How much does someone with your qualifications typically earn? This course will teach you how to research the job market, so that you can stop wasting time on dead-ends and start making the most of your job search.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Tuesday, February 19 | 9:00 am

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Cover Letters (Hamilton) | Tuesday, February 19 | 11:00 am

What exactly do you say in a cover letter? What are some “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling cover letters, and when it’s finished you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Networking (Hamilton) | Tuesday, February 19 | 2:00 pm

Experts estimate that as many as 90% of all jobs are never posted to the public. That’s a lot! The only way to connect with these ‘hidden’ jobs is by networking—reaching out to the people you know. This course will offer insight into growing, strengthening, and activating your network in person and online.

Customer Service Excellence (Hamilton) | Thursday, February 21 | 9:30 pm

Excellent service does not simply come from a friendly transaction or helpful technology – it is the result of truly understanding the customer’s expectations and finding ways to exceed them. Join us for a full day of customer service excellence training and learn how to delight customers across any industry.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Tuesday, February 26 | 9:00 am

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Cover Letters (Hamilton) | Tuesday, February 26 | 11:00 am

What exactly do you say in a cover letter? What are some “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling cover letters, and when it’s finished you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Occupational Research (Hamilton) | Tuesday, February 26 | 2:00 pm

What jobs are you qualified for, and are there any available nearby? Is your field expected to grow, shrink, or stay the same over the next five years? How much does someone with your qualifications typically earn? This course will teach you how to research the job market, so that you can stop wasting time on dead-ends and start making the most of your job search.

Job Interviews (Hamilton) | Thursday, February 28 | 9:00 am

In the middle of an important job interview, the interviewer hits you with a question that makes your mind go blank. As you struggle to say something, panic sets in—which only makes things worse. This happens to everyone, but it doesn’t have to. This workshop teaches you how to handle these stressful events, stay focused, and impress potential employers.

Resume Building (Hamilton) | Thursday, February 28 | 2:00 pm

How do you make your work descriptions ‘pop’? What are some resume “don’ts” that will get your file tossed in the trash? This course walks you through creating a compelling resume and when it’s finished, you’ll have the skills you need to get yours the attention it deserves.

Nearby Events

Networking and Volunteering (Mississauga) | Friday, January 25 | 10:00 am

Learn the benefits of networking and volunteering for job seekers through hands-on activities and information about resources in your area.

Labour Market Expectations (Mississauga) | Friday, February 22 | 10:00 am

Learn about the Canadian labour market–what employers expect from job seekers and what you can do to meet those expectations. Put what you learn into practice with a speed networking session and mock interviews with our team of experts.

Shopping Smart (Mississauga) | Monday, February 25 | 11:00 am

Tips on avoiding identity theft and strategies to shop smart and save. Presented by Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada Inc.

Careers in the Trades (Churchill Meadows Library) | Wednesday, March 6 | 11:00 am

Learn about apprenticeship programs and explore careers in the trades. Presented in partnership with Churchill Meadows Library.

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