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It’s been a busy Spring!

We’ve had an exciting few months here at Career Paths, filled with some really great events!   In March, we partnered with Surrey Board of Trade in hosting their Business to Business networking event at our Surrey location. The event was an excellent way to introduce newcomers to over 100 employers throughout the lower mainland and for employers to meet some of our skilled and professional clients. Career Paths clients practiced their answer to “tell me about yourself” and used their networking skills which helped them to better understand Canadian workplace culture. Our clients were able to put into practice some of the skills they learn at our in-person and online workshops.  Employers were also informed about Back in Motion programs, especially Career Paths and the importance of hiring highly qualified newcomers.

Want to see some pics from the event? Click on this link: Events Photos

In February, our Speed Networking workshop helped clients practice, prepare and gain a better understanding of Canadian workplace culture. This workshop was facilitated by one of our Employer Insider partners whose been facilitating these successful sessions for us. His support extends beyond just the workshop as well; he invites clients to connect with him on LinkedIn and will meet up for an informational interview at a later date if the client is interested.

 

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Why should you negotiate your salary ?

One of the most dreaded questions during the job search process is “what is your salary expectation?”  We learned to provide an ambiguous answer, something like “I trust that your company is fair and the pay for the position is aligned with the industry rate” or, “I trust the company has a fair remuneration policy”.  What we are trying to convey is that we expect no less than what other companies are paying but we also appreciate the opportunity. However, this is not what the company hears! When general answers like these two examples are given, the companies usually make a quick judgment that you have not done your research, and you most likely will not do a thorough job if hired or even worse that you do not have any negotiation skills and they are absolutely a must in today’s business environment.

Our advice: always negotiate your salary.  There is no better way to show the employer that you are capable, confident, know your value and are quite comfortable with the skills and competencies the position requires than negotiating. But make sure that you wait to do so for the appropriate time, after you are offered the position and you have a number in front of you. In other words, let them throw out the first number!

Let’s be clear: unless you ask for it, nobody will give you what you want! So, once you see the starting number, begin the discussions.  The list can be as ambitious as you want for money, benefits, vacation or other perks. You never know what you might get unless you ask! But be also prepared for a less successful dialogue. If money is not negotiable, try asking for better benefits, more vacation days, or other perks.

Once everything is said and done, even a small victory will greatly benefit your self-esteem, the way your manager is looking at you from the very beginning and maybe the best of all, will increase your future income!

 

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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 January 7, 2019 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 our info-session to learn more and enroll into the program:

Friday, January 4, 2019 from 9:30am to 11:00am
110 – 7525 King George Blvd
Surrey, BC

For more information, contact:
Hazel Chow: 604-233-2204

Physiotherapy Practical Skills Enhancement Program January 2019

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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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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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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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June 16th – Connecting The Dots: Accessing Resources (Richmond)

CONNECTING THE DOTS’ FIFTH EVENT!

 

The CORe Collaboration Table, originally started by Richmond’s Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), is excited to present its 5th Connecting the Dots event. This year’s theme is Accessing Affordable Richmond Resources.

“Connecting the Dots is a great opportunity for the public to learn about the many social services in Richmond.  We have an exciting lineup of speakers and events, all of which are free to attend,” says Lonnie Belfer, chair of the CORe Collaboration Table.

Connecting the Dots: Accessing Affordable Richmond Resources will be held on Saturday, June 16th 2018 from 11am to 3pm at the Brighouse Branch of the Richmond Public Library and Minoru Cultural Centre.  There will be workshops on a variety of topics including financial services, literacy, and employment support; free activities including yoga, face painting, and gardening seminars; and information tables hosted by Richmond’s social services.  It is free to attend.

Continues Mr. Belfer: “We are very excited for the biggest Connecting the Dots event yet.  We hope that people in need of Richmond’s many resources will join us!”

Connecting the Dots is an annual event put on by the CORe Collaboration Table, a multi-agency effort to improve social services in Richmond.

 

 

For more information about Connecting the Dots: Affordable Richmond Resources, please contact:

Lonnie Belfer

Chair, CORe Collaboration Table

Phone: 604-374-0639

E-mail: Lonnie.Belfer@aviaemployment.ca

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