Open Competition

Canadian jobs are open to all regardless of color, height, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital status. However, knowing someone helps because most employers are comfortable with people whose background is known by someone they know and trust. Newly-arrived immigrants may experience difficulties in job search because:
  1. they do not know anyone in the system
  2. they need time to learn the difference in culture and work ethics
  3. they do not know what Canadian employers are looking for

In Canada, qualifications and experience constitute the first half of the requirements. The second half is about:

Likeability: Canadians like to hire people they can get along with. Be cheerful and genuinely happy.
Enculturation: Canadians will hire you because you understand them, their mannerisms, jokes and culture. Be open-minded.
Attitude: Canadians are likely to reject a qualified person who seems to place paper qualifications above social integration.

What Can One Do to Integrate?

Very Important: Learn the cultural expectations of the Canadian work place
Equally Important: Take a lower job or volunteer in a desired field and utilize that time to learn Canadian work ethics.

Remember that job search requires commitment and discipline. No employer will hire you as a social class. Any time spent with your social class complaining about the "unfair" Canadian system is time wasted. Get out and find a job!

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