An overview of job opportunities in landscaping and horticulture in the GTA, with discussion of different occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking and licensing requirements; training programs available; questions to help determine if this seems like good work for a particular individual; comments about seasonality, the impact of inclement weather, hiring periods during the year; job boards commonly used, a recommendation to learn work-specific terminology; and questions to ask at a job interview.
When and what to talk about, including: pre-arrival, within a sponsorship group; and with the newcomer soon after arrival; when formulating a plan; when preparation for a job search begins; and after a first hire.
Suggestions as to various ways that one or more members of a private sponsorship group can be a valuable employment resource, including by personally hiring a refugee newcomer on a full- or part-time basis, lobbying a sponsor’s own employer to make a hire, and accessing personal and professional networks. Even just setting up practice interviews in these ways can be valuable. Also, an encouragement to ensure that all sponsors and the newcomer are on the same page, as to strategy and objectives.
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.