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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




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

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

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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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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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Newcomers Networking Event Recap

June 19th | Career Paths Richmond powered up with Avia Employment Services for a Newcomers Networking Event.

Everyone attending was encouraged to practice their networking skills and hand out their resumeSome jumped into introducing themselves to the local business leaders, who had set up booths, while others mingled with fellow newcomersSeveral employers voiced their enthusiasm for the chance to meet Newcomers from their community and expressed satisfaction for the number of resumes they received!

Businesses at the event included:
National Bank of Canada | Looking to hire for CSR and FSR positions.
River Rock Casino | Seeking Cashiers, Baristas, Chefs and Human Resource staff.
Arista | Hiring for Security Analysts and Software Engineers.
Aerotek | Recruiting Accounting and Finance, Engineering, Skilled Trade, Clinical and Scientific positions.
Re:Function Health Group | Looking for Physiotherapists.

Also participating: Sprott Shaw Community CollegeThe Big Picture CoachHayden Diamond Bit IndustriesInterface Architecture and Vancity.

A further thank you to the employers who generously donated prizes, with congratulations to those who won them!

We are always looking to provide our clients with the most productive events possible, so tell us what you would find interesting! We’re looking for helpful suggestions that can inspire our next set of events! Send your thoughts to the Career Paths team at NeedtoHire.CareerPaths@BackinMotion.com
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Congratulations to…! Plus Another chance to win!

A massive congratulations from our team to Qaiser, who referred a friend and won our first referral contest! Enjoy your $100 gift card Qaiser! 



“Thank you so much for the gift and it is always a pleasure meeting with the Back in Motion team. Once again thank you to Back in Motion management!” – Qaiser Jamil


Do you know an immigrant who is looking for work? 


Refer a friend, family member or someone you know, that has been in Canada for less than 5 years, 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 October 31st, 2018.

Winner will be announced in November!


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

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Teachers and Instructors Information Session Recap

June 14th | Career Paths Surrey held an information session, attended by 29 teachers and instructors and two guest speakers.

Our first speaker was Shawn from the Teacher’s Regulation BranchHe has more than 14 years’ experience in the area of teacher regulation, certification and credential assessmentHis experience enabled him to provide in-depth answers to the questions from our clients who wish to teach in Canada.

Our second speaker was VirenderShe is an internationally trained teacher, who taught in Delhi and became a Special Education Assistant when she moved to BCShe shared details of her daily work life, the joys and challenges of her role and thoughts on the direction of her future career. Her journey and motivation was an inspiration to many who listened to her.

We also had a bonus asset in the form of Career Paths client Rajdeep! She is internationally-trained and working as an Elementary School TeacherShe introduced herself and stayed after the event to make herself available as a resource for other instructors seeking to teach at university or college level. After the event, there was a line-up of instructors waiting to talk to her!

A special thank you to Rajdeep, our speakers Shawn and Virender and everyone else who came to listen to their talks!

We are always looking to provide our clients with the most productive events possible, so tell us what you would find interesting! Send us helpful suggestions and thoughts that can inspire our next set of events to the Career Paths team at NeedtoHire.CareerPaths@BackinMotion.com

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August 23rd – Join us for the hottest event of the summer!

Celebrate the sunny season with the Career Paths community; clients, family & friends, staff, local business representatives and agencies.


At this fun, casual event, you’ll be able to:

– Hear Career Paths clients share the secrets of their success

– Sip on an ice cold drinks to beat the heat

– Enjoy finger food and ice cream

– Get involved with family-friendly party games and networking activities

BONUS: Wear your brightest summer clothes to win a prize!


WHEN: Thursday, August 23rd | 04:00pm-06:00pm

WHERE: Career Paths Surrey, 110-7525 King George Boulevard



*By registering for this event we can ensure we have enough treats for everyone!


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Referral Competition

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 $100 gift certificate!


To win you and your friend/family member just need to complete the Contest Referral FormBoth people will be entered to win, but the more referrals YOU make, the more chances YOU have to win.


Get your entries in for a chance to win!  


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


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5 Tips for Perfecting an Informational Interview

What is an informational interview?

Informational interviews are an informal opportunity to collect information about a career that interests you. By talking to someone else who’s already in the know, you have the potential to gain insider information about a company, industry, specific job role and/or career path.  

Switching the tables, and becoming the one asking the questions, is a skill that takes time to master, but it can help you with reducing interview stress and building confidence. Being able to conduct an informational interview can become one of the most efficient tools in your job hunt, so here are some tips to help you master it!  


1. Don’t let fear control you. 

Connecting with strangers can be daunting, but you can take baby steps. If you don’t feel comfortable messaging people on social media and Linked In, ask your family, friends and neighbours if they know anyone in their own network they could refer you to. You know what they say, 70% of success in life is just showing up! So… get out there and try!


2. Keep it short, keep it sweet. 

Ask for 20 minutes of their time. You want to create a professional work connection and gain insight, so 20 minutes should be plenty of time to make a good impression and gather the precious advice you seek.


3. Research and prepare.

Think of 10-15 questions that you want to ask, then have a look at the company’s website or google information about the profession and see if you can find answers that satisfy you. Doing research will help you create and identify the best questions to ask.


4. Dress to impress.

It’s true, you are not interviewing for a job, but you want to be remembered for your smart, professional approach, not for the comfortable hoodie and flashy runners you put on in a rush.


5. Follow-up.

This is potentially the most important! The hardest part is over, now you just need to follow-up to cement the connection for the future. Remember, this person has taken time to talk with you, a thank you note shows that you are grateful and it may even be the difference between recommending you for a job… or not! 


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March 14th – Richmond Client Appreciation Event

We want you and your family to join us for talks, food, games and prizes!




Where: Back In Motion – #110 – 6651 Elmbridge Way, Richmond

When: March 14th, 2018 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

We would like to invite clients, their families and the extended community to celebrate and recognize the success and achievements of the Career Paths program and its clients


  • Words of welcome and Introduction from Philippe De Clerck, Vp of Operations at Back in Motion
  • Guest Speakers
  • Success stories from past clients
  • Speakers will be followed by food, time to network and prizes donated by Vancity!

We will also be joined by representatives from the DIVERSEcity, Vancity, Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC and Surrey Schools Welcome Centre.

Want to join in? Great! We want to make sure we order enough food, Sign-up here!