Tips & Leads

Work Considerations for Newcomers with Disabilities

This post discusses work considerations and employment support for newcomers who have disabilities, whether unemployed or underemployed.

Jobs with Limited English: Tips and Advice for Newcomers

It can be challenging for newcomers to find meaningful work in Canada. The ability to communicate in English (or French, for those settling in Quebec) will be one of the most important contributors to success. It will affect the chances of being hired, of being promoted, and of being certified or licensed in many fields.

Searching for Jobs Online

Job boards Online job boards are search engines designed to filter through job openings. They can be very useful to gather information about companies that are hiring, the roles they are seeking to […]

Applying for a job

This article focuses on the process of looking for work in a specific sector or occupation or applying for a specific job. It will be most useful in cases where a newcomer is not using an employment service. It covers opening the door through a connection; resume preparation; cover letters; LinkedIn profiles; resume tailoring; online search engines/job boards; applying by email or online; job fairs; knocking on doors/Applying on-site; researching the employer; labour market information; job interviews; and following up interviews.

What every prospective employee should know

Information and links on topics to discuss with a newcomer, in preparation for seeking first-time employment in Canada, including: social insurance number; employment insurance; CPP contributions; union dues; pay periods; income tax; classification as an employee vs independent contractor; employee rights; termination within the first three months; and quitting.

Employment services

An explanation of what employment service providers do and the variety of services they offer; a list of the most frequently-mentioned employment services and other non-profit organizations in the GTA which help refugee newcomers prepare for, and find, employment; eligibility to use an employment service; and how a private sponsor or other volunteer can help a newcomer select an employment service and then collaborate with that service.

Evaluating International Education and Work Skills

This post provides links to other websites for articles on the need to evaluate newcomer education and work skills; service providers of credential evaluation for individuals with degrees from outside of Canada; an in-depth report on the challenges facing refugee newcomers, in terms of being able to provide education and training credentials; and a guide to finding a translator in Ontario.

Elements of an employment strategy

The need for two strategies – one for the private sponsorship group, if any, and one for the newcomer. Look for collaboration and evolution. Topics to consider, from the assignment of responsibilities to the need to learn English, types of work to be considered, mentorship, training, when to start looking, use of an employment service, preparation for a search, and the search itself.

Mentorship for newcomers

An overview of mentorship programs offered in the GTA, including those of many organizations affiliated with TRIEC (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council) and a few other organizations. Many of these programs require CLB 6 English. Also discussed is the role that sponsors can play as mentors, themselves, or in introducing newcomers to mentors.