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New Post 6/17/2009 4:17 PM
User is offline mhcoll
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Need some guindance 

Hi there

I am a newcomer in Canada, and I have to say that after 4 months I finally realize that my skills fits perfectly as a business process analyst.

The problem is that, as a newcomer, I don't have the canadian experience and I need to expand my network. I have sent a lot of resumes and haven't receive a single call.

I think my resume is not grabbing the attention I need to the recruiters, so I would like to know if anyone can give me any advise on how to overcome this canadian experience by doing some volunteer job as a business analyst, or an intership; and were to go to get my resume review.

It would be great if anyone can give some guidance in order to put my feet into the canadian market as a business process analyst.


New Post 6/18/2009 5:50 AM
User is offline Jarett Hailes
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Re: Need some guindance 

Hi mhcoll,

First of all, welcome to Canada!  Hope that you enjoy your time here, notwithstanding the sometimes brutal winters we have (other than on the West Coast of course).

In general, I haven't seen a relcutance by recruiters to avoid personnel with no Canadian experience on their resumes.  I've had several resumes from recruiters for people who have not previously worked in Canada, although most did work in the US.  Some however had only worked in Asia prior.

If you're having trouble making connections, I'd suggest a couple of things:

  • Find the local IIBA chapter and go to the next meeting to meet people in the file.d  You'll gain an appreciation for the local market's prospects, which can vary greatly across the country in the current economic climate.
  • Call up some recruiters directly.  This can can be uncomfortable for some people, but is sometimes necessary to get your step in the door.  I don't know where in Canada you're living, but here are a couple of recruiters who have offices throughout the country: 
  • I'd also search the online classifieds and see what's available locally.  Not all jobs will go through recruiters, so keep an eye out for direct opportunities

If you feel like you want to avoid having a large gap on your resume volunteering can be a great way to keep your skills current.  I'd suggest looking towards the non-profit sector for opportunities - as their resources have diminished due to reduced donations they are always looking for innovative ways to receive top-tier services at low or no cost.  Find an area that interests you but also look for opportunities that could lead to paid work and/or direct referrals to jobs.

Good luck!


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