Category: Career

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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...

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Dress for Success Vancouver Helped Me Create A Beautiful Settlement Story

Dress for Success Vancouver (DFSV) is true to their words.  DFSV gave me dignity, inclusiveness, and hope when I was a newcomer to Canada.  They helped me clarify my personal values, enhance my skills, and create a supportive network throughout my journey. As someone who has immigrated alone, their support and services were very precious to me. I have nothing but wonderful words for Dress for Success Vancouver. Let me tell you why. Dress for Success is a global not-for-profit organization that helps women achieve economic empowerment by providing professional outfits, career services, and skills development. It was established in...

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Networking Helped Me Land My First Job In Canada

Networking is said to be one of the most effective ways of finding the right job.  I believe this because I got my first job in Canada through networking. Networking is the process of connecting with people.  It can be uncomfortable, intimidating, or scary.  But it does not have to be. Based on my experience, effective networking requires a few things: A Change in Mindset I grew up in the Philippines.  I was told to study hard, get into a prestigious university, study hard, and get a degree.  Then excellent jobs will find me. When I arrived in Canada, I...

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Volunteering for These Organizations Enriched My Immigration Experience

Volunteering has truly opened doors for me.  My life in Canada would not be as great without the help of several organizations.  So, it is a pleasure for me to pay the good deeds forward through these institutions. Dress for Success Vancouver Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization founded in New York City. It has served more than 1,000,000 women around the world since 1997. It empowers women into the workforce and enables them to be financially independent. They offer suiting, career services, and skills development programs. Dress for Success Vancouver (DFSV) is the first international affiliate outside...

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No Canadian Experience Barrier

The “no Canadian experience” barrier is a modern chicken and egg situation.  You need Canadian experience to land a job, but you need a job to gain experience. The good news is that there are various ways to work around this barrier. What does Canadian experience really mean? A panel online consultation conducted by the government of Canada reveals that the lack of or difficulty obtaining Canadian work experience was the top employment challenge faced by newcomers. Canadian work experience does not only refer to technical skills.  Often, it refers to the ability to fit into the Canadian workplace culture....