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Canadian employers put a high emphasis on soft skills, which are personal attributes that enhance your interactions, job performance and career prospects. Unlike your hard skills, you can apply your soft skills broadly.

Soft skills, such as communication, negotiation and sociability, are even more important for HR professionals. Identifying areas within your soft skills that may need improvement is crucial. If your hard skills will get you an interview, most probably it is your soft skills that will get you the job and enable you to keep it afterwards. In addition to accreditation, upgrading your skills through a bridging program or other courses and workshops is an important part of your journey to become a teacher in Canada.

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Skills upgrading

You may have strong nursing skills, but often that is not enough to get a job or maintain it afterwards. You may need more training or skills upgrading, especially in regards to your soft skills. Having strong skills in one or both of Canada’s official languages – English or French –is extremely important as well for your future in Canada. Whether you choose to focus on learning or improving English or French will depend on which of the two languages most people speak in the area where you live.

You may be eligible for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. Otherwise, you can find other free or affordable classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) or French as a Second Language (FSL) classes through the school boards or settlement agencies.

There are even language courses to teach you professional terminology, such as job-specific language training and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT) in Ontario. And, if you already speak one of Canada’s two official languages at a high level, learning the other one is a good option, as it may offer you better employment opportunities.

Education

Many immigrants take further education after coming to Canada. Some even want to change careers or enhance their careers with a Ph.D or MBA.

Click here for links to Canadian Universities and Colleges.

Bridging Programs

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Bridging programs are a helpful way to transition from your international experience and training to the Canadian workplace. In addition to the colleges, universities and immigrant-serving agencies that offer Human Resources bridging programs, many do offer regular programs and continuing education courses in HR that you can enroll in to advance your career here.

Ontario:
York University – Toronto
Bridging Internationally Educated HR Professionals into Ontario Jobs
This program assists internationally educated human resource professionals (IEHRPs) to succeed in becoming employed and integrated effectively in their profession at levels commensurate with their skills and experience and in roles appropriate to their career path. The program includes a comprehensive skills and experience assessment, access to specialized curriculum, mentorship, internship and career coaching opportunities. It also helps IEHRPs earn their professional designation as Certified Human Resource Professionals.

Accessible Community Counseling and Employment Services (ACCES) – Toronto and Brampton
Human Resources Connections
This seven-week program helps internationally trained professionals in the human resources field find employment commensurate with their experience and education. Participants will have access to human resources professional networks, mentoring, guest speakers, as well as post-hire services to support workplace activities.

Job Skills Employment and Business Programs and Supports – Markham
Bridge to HR – A Bridging Program for Internationally Trained Human Resources Professionals
This up-to-6 months program helps internationally trained professionals in the human resources field find employment commensurate with their experience and education. Participants will have access to human resources professional networks, mentoring, guest speakers, as well as 8 weeks work experience placement and post-hire services to support workplace activities. Additionally, participants will have access to 2 college level courses required for CHRP designation and the textbooks associated with those courses.

Alberta:
Bredin Centre for Learning
Centre for Skilled and Internationally Trained Professionals
A no cost program that helps internationally trained professionals understand and successfully move through the licensure and credential process in Canada.  Those who are not part of a regulated profession will be provided with up-to-date information of thei profession. Bredin staff will support IEPs through the process and assist them with finding employment that is directly related to their education.

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