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 Newcomer Resources 

The following links are a starting point to familiarize yourself with the many organizations and websites that assist you in orienting yourself to the resources, facilities and programs available for newcomers to the GTA. Foreign-trained professionals and trades people are encouraged to review these sites to help in planning their job-search.

If you are in freight forwarding or ocean/airfreight logistics, see this page for the most up-to-date listing of Freight Forwarders, Customs Brokers and Steamship Company Websites in Canada on the Internet:

One of the key areas of focus for people for whom English is a second language is to have their English skills assessed by accredited ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers. There are links below to connect you to the organizations that provide Assessment services.

It is also helpful when you are in a new country to connect with cultural associations that speak your language and can identify with your concerns. They also serve as a strong link to the expatriate business community to help facilitate your job-search in unfamiliar surroundings. See the links below for more information.

Distances in Toronto require a clear understanding of the time required to commute to your new job. Use
Mapquest to determine the time and distance between your home and your prospective place of employment.

Google to research industries, associations and trade councils or chambers of commerce.

The Human Resources Development Canada Resources for Newcomers government ministry provides Employment Resources Centres throughout the GTA which offer physical locations and services to assist in the job-search process. See the link below.

Ontario Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration Newcomer Resources: - Ontario Regional programs and services

Ontario Employment & Workplace Standards: O
ntario Ministry of Labour regulations governing Hours of Work, Vacation time/pay, Public Holidays, Minimum Wage, Overtime, Pregnancy and Parental Leave, Termination & Layoff, Severance Pay, Pay Administration, Benefits Plans, Complaints Handling

To connect with recruiters that are specialists in working with foreign-trained professionals, please see:

Some useful sites with recruiters and job boards: Job Seekers Directory  I  I  Mediacorp online

Newcomers  are sometimes surprised to find that their overseas experience is not valued as highly by employers as candidates who have well-established local experience. Recruiters are hired by employers to find and refer people with specific training, experience and skills. If the employer insists on certain local experience, contacts and business reputation in the candidates they want to hire, recruiters must abide by the clients' wishes. No recruiter is allowed to charge money in Canada for representing you. There are Consultants who will charge a fee for a specific self-marketing program, generally they are classed as Outplacement Consultants and identify themselves as such.

Directory of Canadian Recruiters: an on-line list of links to recruiters in many different disciplines in Canada

For more information about working with Recruiters in Canada please see:
Recruiters- What To Look For  SkillsforHire connects internationally trained professionals with Canadian employers

Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants: Newly formed agency regulating Immigrant Consultant sector An excellent site with extensive resources and links, including detailed information about Employment, Education and Training Services  This link provides information about Employment Assessment and Resources centres - physical facilities available for use by the job-seeker by region of the GTA. : An excellent site for newcomers providing information about Employment, Social and Community programs available, including an Ontario government forms downloading service
Provides educational, social and employment services to help all newcomers in the greater Toronto area Centre for Foreign-Trained Professionals and Tradespeople

Toronto's Virtual Employment Resource Centre: provides free job search resources and a wealth of information, links and useful tools for the Toronto job seeker. Job Start Works: Jobstart, another excellent site for newcomers Cultural Associations links for newcomers from around the world - categorized by country of origin Language Assessment Centres in Ontario. The Assessment Centres employ certified CLB assessors to administer the Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment, the new Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test, and the Canadian Language Benchmarks Literacy Assessment. – salary ranges for a wide range of occupations in the GTA area

Specific Job-Search Techniques and Tips

Job Search Resources - Getting Started: /
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The following information provides Tips on Self-Marketing and outlines the various directories, associations, publications and other resources available for review in making direct approaches to potential employers. The Internet is full of links to useful sites. Use Google or other search engines to best effect to identify exactly what you want for your job search.

Recruitment firms: The Riley Guide - Canadian Job Search Resources section
Recruitment firms are limited by what their clients will accept. Recruiters are used by employers to source the best-qualified people for a particular opening. In the Freight, Customs and Logistics sector, employers generally demand to see candidates who have well-established contacts, specific Canadian-based experience and a recognized industry reputation in the marketplace. Their demand is a logical one. In their view, they do not wish to pay a recruitment fee for people who don't have the local experience required. Recruiters often encounter this problem when trying to represent people for position openings who don't have local experience. Recruitment firms are paid by the client-employer.

Step-by-Step Self-Marketing Plan 

Gather your Resources:  See for links to many articles on job search that accompany the following.

Review the publications and on-line resources which follow these Tips and create a list of emails and URLs/web addresses of sites you want to review.

Some of these sites should include:

- Review Association Websites
in a specific industry sector as these often contain the names of industry member companies

- When you are reviewing an Association website, look for the Member's Directory as this will list company names

- Internet Recruiter Directory websites - this page in our Job Search Guide is a good place to start to identify recruiters
  active in your industry

- The Canadian government has a Job Bank portal which lists Jobs across Canada

- Other resources could include Chambers of Commerce, Industry Trade Journals and Publications which are often
  found in the Links area of an Association's website

- Salary averages in hundreds of different positions and companies - an excellent site for research,7_IM976.htm

Do Research on the Internet:

To obtain  names and contact information visit the websites of companies and click on their 'Contacts'  or 'Locations'
or 'About Us' or 'Offices' pages. Some companies still list names and emails of hiring managers in one of these sections
of their site.

Concentrate on those Companies who can utilize your Experience:

If your experience is in the Far East for example, approach those companies which are active in Asian trade-lanes - forwarders, steamship companies, importers/exporters, trading companies.

Find out if there is a local Chamber of Commerce or Trade Commission for bi-lateral trade between Canada and your home country.

Sometimes these organizations will be aware of native-language newspapers or job-board resources which you can investigate.

Ensure that your Resume is error-free:

If English is your second language, have it reviewed by someone who is fluent in English to ensure that the text is clear and there are no mistakes in spelling, grammar or sentence construction. The same applies to any cover letter which you might wish to include.
Brief, concise and focused are the keywords in an e-resume; avoid lengthy descriptions and stick to bullet points that are easily
read and have been polished to eliminate unnecessary words. You don't need to tell the reader your life story.

Use a business-like email address that includes your name for ready identification in an Inbox:

Also, since you have an email address, be sure to note this in your resume and make the link active for people to follow up with you.
Avoid using an unusual/funny/silly/strange or otherwise un-businesslike tag for your email address. The person who has an email
tag like [email protected]  isn't going to get many replies! If necessary, create a separate email account just for job search and
make certain that it identifies you by name. This makes it easier to find you in a list of hundreds of emails received.

Send your Resume to the right Hiring Authority:

If your background is sales & marketing, send your resume to the Sales Manager or Director of Sales. If your background is export operations, send it to the Export Manager, and so on. For the best result, send your resume to the person who would logically be involved in making a hiring decision for your experience level.

Research and verify the Spelling of the Hiring Authority's name:

It is more effective to send your resume to an actual person. We strongly recommend that you take the time to research the right name and position title of the intended recipient of your resume. Google search terms example: controller+toronto will bring up results
that include those search terms in the results. Search terms that include company/location/title will tend to identify the person who is in
that company, that city and that job. Another method is to use the universal '@' sign to identify potential contacts in a company, and add the location: ' Mississauga'. Experiment, search terms when used properly are powerful tools to identify information.

Use a site like Linkedin to quickly search for contacts in a given company or at a certain position level.  This is our company profile
to access:
. Use the Company search and refine your terms. For more information on using this type of social media, see the
article we have written to introduce the Linkedin resources:
Tips For Using Linkedin Features & Resources

Create a generic email message in your Drafts folder:

A carefully composed standard message that can be easily modified and tailored to different positions is very useful to have
to copy/paste. Insert telephone contacts and how you can be reached at the top of the message.

Make your Email message count - say why you are writing:

Busy executives dislike having to guess why someone is writing because the sender left the message blank and just attached a resume. If you have gone to the trouble of sending someone an email, you need to ensure that you include:

- An attachment in one of the following standard formats: .doc - .txt - .rtf - .pdf. Avoid .wps or .wpd or unusual file formats
- A Subject line that says why you are writing - do not leave this area blank
- An attachment that clearly identifies who you are: save it in your own name - don't put resume.doc because it makes you
  hard to identify from dozens of icons on the desktop
- Your telephone numbers at the top of the text of your email message - home and cel - make it easy to reach you
- A pasted .txt copy of your resume below the text of your email message - even if you include an attachment
- Standard fonts in your resume - times new roman, courier, arial, tahoma are all easy to read - avoid strange colours
- Keep it professional - avoid cute icons, emoticons and footer banners that distract from your message

Make your Email message brief and focused:

Busy executives dislike having to scroll through a long email message to get to the core of the message. State your objective clearly and briefly in a few sentences - edit and re-edit. Make sure the Subject header clearly expresses your objective. Tell the reader that
you are available at their convenience or a message can be left at a given telephone number.

Ask for the Executive's opinion of your experience:

People like to give their opinions. Rather than request a meeting, ask for the recipient's comments on your resume and experience.
Asking to set up a meeting without having established a basis for interest is usually not very productive.