Rakhee Mouna - Finding a job in Canada
My name is Rakhee Mouna and I have recently completed my studies in ACCA. I received my graduating certificate from the President of ACCA Canada at the last Graduation Ceremony in Toronto on 15 November 2003. Here is my story of what I did to assist myself in finding a job in Canada.
Contrary to popular belief, it is quite a challenge to find work in Canada, especially if one is an immigrant, and holding a foreign accounting designation.
One tool I used was to join a group called "The Job Skills". This is a program funded by the government. It is a free service provided to anyone who is unemployed. Each applicant will be individually interviewed.
After which, there is a three-week course which is conducted by a course facilitator. The course is normally attended by 10 to 15 people. All necessary equipment is provided, computers, fax machines, phones, and even use of the internet.
The course starts with resume building, interview skills and ends with a video taped simulated one-on-one interview. The beauty of this course is that it is a hands-on program. The lessons are taught in the mornings and the afternoons are spent on actually sending out resumes or looking for potential employers whilst still being supervised by the facilitator.
This course built my self confidence by making me aware of WHAT employers are looking for. I believe every one should take this course, especially all the new comers to this beautiful country.
Following my completion of the course, I downloaded names of prospective companies from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants' web-site and called these companies. I reached my current employer, had one interview and got the job!
Good luck to the rest of you.