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And I hope you are all enjoying the weather. This is a great time to start enjoying Canada’s world famous outdoors. Explore your surroundings, find family things to do. Learn about camping, hiking, fishing and so much more! This is the Canada you dreamed of – so don’t sit at home – go enjoy the outdoors!

As we move into fall, this is the time employers start planning their recruitment needs and it is therefore time for you to start preparing for your job search.

For immigrants, our career path comprises several critical stages. Getting that first job is only the beginning. The next step is retaining that job and that is where quite a few immigrants don’t quite make the grade as they have been so focused on getting the job they are not quite as well prepared for this step. The last stage is growing within the job.

Let’s start with the first part – getting your first job. I always say, getting a job is a job in itself and you should treat it as such. Here are some tips to help you get started:

• Create a workspace that is like an office for you. Keep your phone close by and keep your cell phone charged. It is important to inform family members that you are not to be interrupted as you are working. I know as when I was conducting my job search several times my son would ask me to make a burger for him!
• Plan your day in such a way that you have scheduled activities that will help you in your job search. You should research everything to do with your profession. Check out our Career Pathways section. Even if your profession is not yet listed, you can see the steps that you need to do to reach your goal.
• In Canada, we often speak of the “hidden” job market – jobs that are never advertised but you hear of through networking events, social media contacts and newspaper articles. Set up a Google news alert for your profession so that you know about any changes and opportunities in the sector you work in.

Check out our Working section for more articles.

In the next newsletter I will talk about retaining your job. Stay tuned.

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A big thank you to all of you who have participated in our car survey! Your responses have helped us immensely and you will see the results in the coming months with new content we are creating for you.

Nick Noorani