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Alwyn’s Story: Seizing Opportunities in Canada

Alwyn’s story is about successfully reinventing himself and seizing opportunities in Canada. I first met Alwyn two decades ago when we started working for the Livestock Division of a well-known pet company in the Philippines. I worked in research and compliance while he worked in sales. Back then, he was passionate about animal health and husbandry. His passion, knowledge, and experiences brought him to Manitoba, Canada. However, his courage to reinvent himself has opened up opportunities for a better life for him and his family. Here is Alwyn’s story in his own words. Experiencing The Joys and Struggles of a...

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Lola’s Story: Creating Fun and Inclusive Spaces for Immigrants in Canada

Like most immigrants, she left a great life with the goal of experiencing better living standards. She accomplished her goal and more. Now, Lola aims to help immigrants in Canada and create fun spaces for them through her @afroedmontonian Instagram page.  Lola Oduwole shares her Canadian immigrant story. Dreaming of Better Living Standards When I reflect on my life before Canada, three things come to mind: a community of friends, a familiar culture, and a job in Marketing that I loved doing. You’d then wonder why I hauled my bags across the world from a +30 degrees country to a...

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5 Canadian Workplace Observations to Help Immigrants Integrate

Each workplace has its own unique characteristics that are influenced by regulations, societal expectations, and corporate policies. For immigrants, successfully integrating into a new job then requires adjusting to Canadian workplace norms. Here are 5 things that you should know about the Canadian workplace: Employees refer to each other by their first names regardless of their rank. It took me a while to adjust to calling the highest-ranking executive by their first name. In my home country, this is regarded as disrespectful to senior employees. But, most Canadians seem uncomfortable when addressed as Sir or Ma’am while a few get...

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Charisse’s Story: Helping Newcomers in Canada Navigate Life

She was fortunate to have a straightforward immigration journey. So, she is using her knowledge and experiences in helping newcomers in Canada create an easier path for themselves. In her own words, Charisse shares her immigration story. Experiencing Life Around the Globe Life before Canada was a lot of moving around because of work. I work in tech, and it has brought me to many places; so I lived in different countries aside from the Philippines before moving to Canada. However, I wanted to live in a politically stable country where the rule of law truly governs. I wanted to...

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Simple Tips for Canadian Immigrants to Prepare for a Job Interview

Finding a job is always a challenge, especially if you are new to the country. I know because I was in that situation before. So, I am sharing my tips to help Canadian immigrants prepare for a job interview. Build your Confidence Competing in a new environment often creates self-doubt. We self-judge our accent, lack of Canadian experience, and other shortcomings. But, there is no one else like you in this world. You bring your unique self to a job and that is what you need to emphasize. To effectively prepare for a job interview, you have to build your...

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Libraries in Canada Offer Knowledge, Entertainment, and Hope

Libraries in Canada offer much more than knowledge and entertainment. For new immigrants, these institutions are also catalysts of belonging, hope, and success. My Story When I was a newcomer in Canada, I frequently visited public libraries. I enjoyed my visits so much that I own cards for Langley, Surrey, and Vancouver library systems. Here, I was able to: Do my job search-related activities I spent a chunk of my time doing job searches on their computers. Of course, this can be done at home. But, the library environment somehow boosted my productivity. I was also able to gain industry...

Successful Salary Negotiations Can Influence Your Lifestyle and Quality of Life 0

Salary Negotiation Challenges and Strategies for Immigrants

Salary negotiation is easy, said no one.  It is even more challenging for immigrants who are struggling to adjust to their new environment, prove their worth, and gain back their confidence.  But through research, strategies, and preparation, you can successfully negotiate your salary. In this post, I will talk about 3 things: The reasons why it is more difficult for immigrants to enter salary negotiations, General salary negotiation tips, and What I did to successfully negotiate a salary increase. Note: This post focuses on negotiations for salary increases but can be used for initial salary negotiations as well. Reason Why...

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3 Non-Verbal Communication Tips to Boost Your Personal Brand in the Canadian Workplace

Non-verbal communication is critical to our personal brand in the Canadian workplace and beyond.  In fact, numerous articles suggest that only 7% of communication is done through verbal communication, while 38% is made through tonality and 55% through body language. Every gesture is interpreted in the cultural context.  In Canada’s diverse society, non-verbal communication adds a certain complexity to messages we send or receive. In this post, we will look at 3 non-verbal communication tips to help you create an excellent personal brand. Greeting A high-ranking male executive from South America was once sent to Canada.  In his culture, kissing...

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5 Effective Verbal Communication Tips For Newcomers in the Canadian Workplace

Effective verbal communication is critical in creating a great first impression in the Canadian workplace.  But despite our best intentions, a newcomers’ lack of awareness of the culture, norms, and lingo may lead to awkward situations. Here are 5 effective verbal communication tips based on my personal observations, research, and conversations. Use of Personal Names In the Philippines, we show our respect for our superiors by calling them Ma’am or Sir.  So, when I landed my first job, it took me a while to get used to calling the head of the organization by his first name.  I felt awkward...

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Mentors Can Fast-Track Your Success in Canada in 8 Ways

Mentors played a huge role in my successful integration and settlement story. They were my counselors, personal cheerleaders, and guardian angels.  In this post, I will share what is a mentor, my experiences with mentors, and ways that a mentor can help a newcomer. I will also share some resources that can help start your search for the right mentor. What is a Mentor The Insurance Institute defines a mentor as “a person who has professional and life experience and who voluntarily agrees to help a mentee develop skills, competencies, or goals. Put another way, a mentor is an advisor...