5 Successful Filipinos with Unconventional Careers in Canada – If you’re looking to move to Canada, you may have your heart set on going straight to Vancouver or Toronto, but the truth is that there are tons of other places in this country that are great for Filipino families who want to put down roots. Here are five Filipinos with unconventional careers in Canada whose stories might help you figure out if this country can be home as well as give you some insight into what working life in Canada can be like.
1) Tips to Land a Job in Canada
You may not be living there yet, but you’re probably thinking about it. And whether it’s on your mind or not, now is a good time to start thinking about a move to Canada—the job market has steadily been improving and there are more jobs available than ever before. According to employment search engine Indeed, hiring has increased for four straight months and Canadian companies are expected to create 140,000 new jobs over 2017 alone. If you need some extra convincing (and tips), check out these five high-achieving Filipinos who managed to find unconventional success north of their home country
2) Why Online Profiles Are Vital for Job-Seekers
Job-seekers and their resumes are flooded with thousands of others. And many hiring managers spend just a few seconds on each resume, even more if it’s for an entry-level job. With so much competition, it can be hard to make yourself stand out from the crowd and get noticed. Creating an online profile that employers can find is key to landing a new job you really want. Adding your resume to relevant sites is a good first step—but it’s not enough. You need to create a comprehensive online profile that puts all your work history, skills, interests and other details into one easily accessible place for potential employers to see at once.
3) How Employment Agencies Can Help Filipino Professionals Find Jobs
When applying for jobs or looking for work, Filipino professionals should use employment agencies that specialize in immigration and foreign-born employees. If a professional immigrates to Canada without having to provide a contract or offer letter from an employer, he or she must still prove that he or she has sufficient income to support him/herself and any dependents during his/her first year of residency. Employment agencies can help show proof of sufficient income; an immigration officer will also be more likely to approve your application if you have already secured your first job.
4) Skills Required from Filipino Candidates
Interpersonal Skills – This refers to your ability to communicate, negotiate, and influence others. In a study conducted by Hewitt Associates of nearly 16,000 organizations across North America, 53% considered interpersonal skills as one of their top three most-desired attributes when hiring new employees (with 41% being other technical skills and 12% being managerial abilities). And it’s likely more important to land work in many fields than ever before. When you consider how often new technologies make traditional work tasks obsolete overnight, interpersonal skills becomes a pretty vital asset. Why?
5) Know The Work Culture of an Employer You Want To Work For
The Philippines has a work culture that is based on time and attendance, where Filipino workers are expected to be present at their workplace by 8:00am, or else they get written up. In Canada, however, punctuality is not as strictly observed. It’s common for employers to allow employees to arrive anywhere between 8:00am-8:15am. That doesn’t mean being late is accepted practice; it just means that most Canadians don’t mind if you come into work at 9am once in a while as long as your performance remains high. If you want to avoid trouble when you start working for Canadian companies, learn about their policies regarding punctuality and how it fits into their overall work culture before coming here from abroad.