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Meet Dhaval!

 

 

 

Dhaval completed his Bachelor of Architecture in India. He came to Canada with extensive experience in Architecture and is a licensed architect through the Council of Architecture India, chartered architect through Royal Institute of British Architects, and LEED Green associate through US Green Building Council. He was seeking architectural work, but found he needed a license for this field.

Dhaval joined the Career Paths program to gain assistance in understanding licensing requirements and navigating the certification process with CACB and AIBC. Career Paths helped Dhaval with funding for some of these certificates.

Dhaval was eager to learn about cultural values, networking rules and workplace etiquette. With the help of his career counsellor, he was able to identify his strongest transferrable skills, improve his networking skills, practice a series of mock interview and use social media for job search, resume writing and interview skills. His hard work and following through with his action plan paid off, as he is now employed as Job Captain for A&W! He continues to work through the requirements needed to get certified as an architect in Canada.

 

“All my one-on-one interactions with Michaela (Career Paths Career Counsellor), regarding interview techniques & tips, regarding my resume review and updates and all my discussions right from the first meeting that I had with my employer till the negotiations, were very, very helpful. I would have surely stumbled multiple times had I not received her honest and productive feedback, which I took very positively and tried to improve upon my skills to perform better and grab the opportunity. Overall, she was an amazing support and someone to rely upon whenever in doubt. I had that level of comfort to call her for any small thing, which might look silly and people might judge you if you asked it to someone, but Michaela was always open to any questions and took it all with most sincerity even in the worst of her personal time. I think she was the most helpful part of the entire process. I am happy to have known someone like her.” – Dhaval

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November Events Recap

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2ND | 4th Annual City of Richmond Diversity Symposium 

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants participated in the City of Richmond’s 4th Annual Diversity Symposium, “Moving from Diversity to Inclusion: Exploring Pathways to Inclusion for Different Communities”.

The Mayor of Richmond, Mr. Malcolm Brodie gave the opening remarks and some of the City Councilors were in attendance at this event. We are thrilled to say, it was a very busy day, with other service providers, volunteers and the general public stopping by our table, asking questions and showing a great interest in the services we provide.

 

NOVEMBER 6TH | WORKING IN MANUFACTURING

Earlier this month, we partnered with Avia/WorkBC, Richmond Society for Community Living, BC Manufacturing Alliance and Hayden Diamond Bits Industries to organize Working in Manufacturing!

BC is experiencing a strong economy with many companies looking to hire for several positions, yet every day we see newcomers struggling to secure employment. This event aimed to provide a better understanding of this very strong sector in Richmond and to provide a larger picture of the opportunities of growth and advancement for newcomers.

The panelists, Lawrence Wong from Hayden Diamond Bit Ltd, Cormac O’Reilly from BC Alliance for Manufacturing and Michelle Tan from CLS Catering Services provided a wealth of information regarding; their recruiting processes, transferable skills newcomers can use in various positions, the path to supervisory or managerial positions, benefits and pay in manufacturing, and many other interesting topics. It was a small but very successful event.

NOVEMBER 7TH | HIRING FAIR

On November 7, 2018, we attended the quarterly Job Fair held at the Richmond Library.

Ten companies participated at this very busy and successful event, with over 150 job seekers coming through! Representatives from Costco, Telus and Amazon, as well as MTU, Air Canada and Kidtropolis left with plenty of resumes to choose from. Our friends at Randstad promised to come back as they were impressed with our pool of job seekers and have great opportunities in Richmond.

JOB FAIR TIP: Before attending a job fair, check the Careers page of the companies attending! This way your conversation with the employer will be targeted on their needs and focused on your skills that can help with that need!

 

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December 5th – Client Holiday Party (Richmond)

We’re celebrating the holiday season!

Bring your family and join us in celebration of the past year with appetizer, warm drinks, cookies and prizes! We will be offering networking opportunities, program information and welcoming guest speaker, Inclusion Coordinator Dorothy Job from the City of Richmond, as part of the celebration.

#CareerPathsHolidays

Please RSVP for this event by REGISTERING HERE! Our elves need to stock up on the right amount of treats!

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Congratulations to…! Plus Another chance to win!

A massive congratulations from our team to Yvonne, who referred a friend and was our latest WINNER of a $100 gift card! Enjoy! 

 

 

Do you know an immigrant who is looking for work? Refer a friend, family member or someone you know that is new to Canada and one of you could win a $100 gift certificate!

 

To win, you and your friend/family member just need to complete our Referral Form! Both of you will be entered to win, but the more referrals YOU make, the more chances YOU have to win!

 

Get your referral in by January 31, 2018.

Winner to be announced in February!

 

Please refer to the Competition Terms and Conditions before submitting your entry.

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November 6th – Working in Manufacturing: Employment for Newcomers (Richmond)

RICHMOND DIALOGUE SERIES

Working in the manufacturing sector

This event is a chance to:

– Gain insights into the local manufacturing industry

– Network with people and employers from the manufacturing industry

– Learn about manufacturing jobs leads in the local area

 

Joining us for this event:

– Avia Employment Services

– Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants

– Richmond Society of Community Living

– BC Alliance for Manufacturing

– Hayden Diamond Bit Industries

– CLS Catering.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 6th – 03:00pm-06:00pm

WHERE: Richmond Caring Place, 7000 Minoru Boulevard

REGISTER HERE!

 

Free street parking is available but limited. Paid parking is available behind the building.

 

 

 

 

 

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November 2nd – Tap into Talent: Meet Local Employers (Surrey)

Avia Employment Services and Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants presents Tap into Talent; an all in one event for people to network and find employment leads.  Connect with HR professionals and Hiring Managers to answer your questions about their opportunities. Bring copies of your resume and dress for success!

Attending Employers

– City of Surrey

– Arista

– Vancouver Community College

– RBC: Royal Bank of Canada

– Robert Half

– Surrey Christian School / Federation of Independent School Associations

 

TAKE A PEEK AT THE VACANCIES AVAILABLE WITH EACH EMPLOYER!

 

WHEN: Friday, November 2nd – 09:00am-12:00pm

WHERE: Avia Newton – 110-7525 King George Boulevard, Surrey

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Physiotherapy Practical Skills Enhancement Program

NEW!

For Career Paths physiotherapists preparing for a clinical exam, the Physiotherapy Practical Skills Enhancement Program starts October 15, 2018 and ends March 31, 2019. The program provides individualized structured mentorship, and 48 hours of in-person shadowing opportunities in both private and public practice, supplemented with online workshops about Canadian Workplace culture in health care system.

Please come to one of our info-session to learn more and enroll into the program:

Richmond: Friday, October 5th 10:00 – 11:00
Surrey: Wednesday, October 10th 10:00 – 11:00 and Friday, October 12th 10:00 – 11:00

For more information, contact:

Hazel Chow: 604-233-2204
Anna Price: 778-578-4270

Career Paths Physiotherapy Practical Skills Enhancement Program

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How to answer “What is your strength?”

 

 

Interviews can make us feel nervous. Fortunately, there is a lot that we can do before going to an interview! Help prepare yourself by considering this question before your interview:

What is your strength?

It sounds like an invitation to talk about those superb skills you think they need, and you know you have. Be careful though, this is a tricky question that deserves attention. Be specific, be relevant and be prepared to give an example!

 

Step 1: Think of the thing you believe to be your strength. Now think more specifically. Try to recall an experience that can be used as a relevant example for the position you are interviewing for. If you don’t have any experiences that are relevant to the position, think about how you can connect an unrelated experience.

Example: As a waiter, you could carry 5 plates without a spill. This is not relevant for a security officer interview. However, the ability to quickly connect and communicate with any patron, proven by the number of repeat clients requesting you as a waiter, demonstrates transferable skills that can be used in a security position.

Step 2: Try to demonstrate your strength by talking about any awards, training, special recognition you received or quantifiable goals you met.

Example: If your strength is in sales, talk about how often you met your sales targets or how often you exceeded them and by how much. This allows the interviewer to relate your experience to their business goals.

 

Not every recruiter asks what your strengths are, but you can use the answer with a number of other interview questions, such as:

What do you think you can bring to the company?

Why should we hire you?

If I call your supervisor, what will they say about you?

As a last thought, try to have between five to ten strengths prepared with good stories as examples. This way, the only thing to do before the interview is to match the strength to the job description! Good Luck!

 

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October 2nd – Job Searching On Social Media

Did you know that social media can be an additional resource for finding job leads?

At this event, you’ll get to network with other professional immigrants and learn about how to use social media to your advantage during the job search.

Gain an insider perspective from human resource professionals, who will share insights into how they recruit new employees using social media. We’ll also be joined by career experts and a social media specialist, who will share their knowledge on how to conduct a job search on social media. There will also be lots of opportunities to ask questions!

BONUS: Wear your business attire and have a free professional photo taken for your LinkedIn profile!

We will be providing coffee, tea and sandwiches at this event.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 2nd | 02:30pm-04:30pm

WHEN: Career Paths Richmond, 110-6651 Elbridge Way, V7C 5C2

SPACES LIMITED. REGISTER HERE!

 

Free parking is available at the venue.

 

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Career Paths TV Commercial on OMNI

Watch for our new TV commercial on OMNI’s Rompost TV starting on September 2, 2018.

Rompost TV reflects on Canadians of Romanian background with a weekly hour-long program made up of various segments for greatest appeal to the different interests, tastes and age groups within the community.

Rompost TV broadcast times:

Sundays at 1:00 p.m.
Monday at 7:00 a.m. (repeats)
Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. (repeats)

OMNI Television can be found here:

Telus – Channel 119 (HD)
Shaw – Channel 8 and 214 (HD)
Bell ExpressVu across Canada – Channel 254

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