Volunteering as part of your Canadian job-search strategy

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Volunteering is a common practice in Canada. I came across an infographic (see below) indicating that in 2010 almost half of Canadians offered their time, energy, and knowledge to non-profits and charities across the country. This post is meant to provide you with some guidelines on volunteering as part of your Canadian job-search strategy…

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Canada’s New Year’s Eve Anthem: Auld Lang Syne

The Canadian New Year’s Eve Anthem: Auld Lang SyneAs the final ten seconds of 2013 are counted down by revelers across the country (in each of Canada’s 6 time zones), we celebrate being with friends and family, we remember the year’s achievements and lessons, and we think of those who cannot be with us. As the clock strikes midnight, it is tradition to kiss the ones you love…

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Finding Work in Canada: Soft Skills

Finding Work in Canada Soft SkillsSoft skills are essential qualifications in Canada’s job market. But what are they? Why do they matter so much? If you are struggling to find work in Canada, you may want to consider what soft skills you demonstrate to employers…

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How to Give a Good Handshake: Three Tips

Job in CanadaDid you know that 75-90% of communication happens through body language?  I think we are all guilty of ignoring the power of body language, especially in the job-interview when we are already nervous.

However, every in-person job interview starts with body language: the handshake…

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Welcome to winter! Dressing for the cold

Winter in CanadaAre you arriving to Canada this winter? This post contains tips on dressing for Canada’s colder months (generally November-March).  In addition to its beauty, Canada’s winter offers the newcomer countless adventures: skating the Rideau Canal in Ottawa , snowshoeing near the snow-covered Rocky Mountains, and gazing at the ice sculptures of Québec City’s Carnival…

 
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Turn on your Canadian English listening-skills: Tune in to CBC Radio

Canadian English PracticeI am often approached by newcomers for tips on how to improve English listening and comprehension skills. As a language learner myself, I have had my fair share of difficulty mastering regional slang and accent. What’s more, when you are immersed in a language that is not your mother-tongue, it can seem as if everyone around you is speaking at a break-neck (incredibly fast) pace…

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Online Networking: Tips for Creating Job Leads in Canada

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I regularly receive online connection invitations from job-seekers who are not in Canada. More often than not, these invitations break the rules of online networking etiquette, and I question how successful these eager professionals are at establishing job leads with Canadian companies. The following are tips for creating job leads in Canada before you arrive…

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Tips for heating your home in Canada

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My friend Eduardo from Colombia recently asked me ‘When do you turn on the heating in your house?’ His question shocked me – not because of what he said, but when he said it. As I write this post in mid-November, the temperatures have been well-below zero degrees at night…

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