Sometimes, new Canadians, who are business professionals move to Canada and have challenges finding work in a new environment.
Last September, a new client started to work with me. He had immigrated to Canada from California, USA to Canada 7 months earlier. He had a very established career in Corporate Finance before marrying a Canadian and making the decision to move to Canada. He made a very good salary in the USA and he was interested in securing work in Canada so that he could match the salary that he previously made in the USA.
The challenge that my client, a finance professional had, was that he could not legally work in Canada because he did not have his Canadian Permit Residence (PR) card or Citizenship yet. He expected to get it in the next few months after our first appointment.
Over the next few months, my client and I worked together to ensure that he was work ready when his PR Card was sent to him. I coached my American client in upgrading his resume, cover letter, and linkedin to position himself appropriately in the Canadian business job market. I spent at least 2 coaching meetings with my client to prepare for any upcoming interviews.
I coached my client how to use this time, while waiting for his Canadian PR card how to build a Canadian business network. I coached him on developing an effective strategy to implement. He set up many meetings with Canadian professionals who worked in the Finance industry. It was not always easy for my client to build a network in a new Business community. He has been determined and in the last few weeks, he did secure work in his chosen field.
Finding work can take time. With a strategy and implementation plan, new immigrants from the USA can secure work in Canada.