The following blog was written by Laurel Madro, Program Coordinator of the Corporate Readiness Training Program.
Finding employment in your targeted profession isn’t as easy as you might think. Jobs don’t just show up on your doorstep when you arrive in Calgary. You have to learn a new skill; the skill of how to find a job.
In the Corporate Readiness Training Program (CRTP) at Bow Valley College in the School of Global Access, we have been training internationally educated professionals on how to find and keep employment for over 20 years.
In that time, we have learned that the following tips are key to accelerating your entry into the workplace in your chosen field.
Write an effective targeted resume for each job application
The resume is a reflection of you!
The mistake many people make when writing a resume is to make it an entire listing of all their education and experience. But an effective resume is one that demonstrates how your experience and education is a direct match for the company and the job being posted. This is harder than it looks!
In CRTP you will learn to write a competitive targeted resume, unlike any other resume you have seen. It will be a clear reflection of you and your target. You will get feedback from multiple professionals and create a tool that will help to get you the interview.
Practice for your interview
You are only halfway there if you have been called for an interview. The interview is where you demonstrate you’re fit for the company. Will you have the right soft skills to do the job and fit into the team? To develop interview skills you need to practice, practice, and practice some more.
In CRTP every term, students record their responses, get feedback and practice again and again until they sound clear, targeted and professional.
Learn how to network in Calgary
Everyone has heard the expression, it is not what you know but it is who you know. Learning to meet people from a different culture, sometimes in a different language is often quite intimidating. The good news is that with a little training and practice it is a skill that can be developed.
In CRTP, students are trained and then offered opportunities to practice these skills in work experience placements, through LinkedIn, in information interviews, and at various events. In addition, the CRTP Alumni have the opportunity to network with each other, giving them a built-in group of professionals to connect with for the rest of their careers.
Gain Canadian work experience
I am sure that you have heard from people who have come before you that having Canadian work experience and a Canadian reference is very helpful in finding employment in your field. How can you do that?
In CRTP, you will have the opportunity to go out on a 6-week work placement where you can learn more about working in Calgary in a supportive environment. After you have demonstrated your skills and expertise, it can also lead to a Canadian reference, and even a job opportunity.
Learn workplace expectations and culture
Be ready and open to change. You are in a new country where some things will operate differently. For example; you may be judged as being unprofessional if you are late for a meeting. This is pretty strong language for being late! How do you learn these little nuances of culture if someone doesn’t tell you?
In CRTP, you will learn about workplace culture and expectations in Calgary and have a place to be able to ask questions and learn about working in Canada in an environment open to discussion and focused on your success.
To learn more about the Corporate Readiness Training Program, visit: crtp.bowvalleycollege.ca
The next CRTP Information Session is on June 20, 2018.