Canadian Experience is a Mystical Creature; a mirage of some sort. You could spend years trying to catch it but never succeed for that it does not exist! At least, not in the form claimed to be.
To become Canadian(lly) Experienced has more to do with: How you Appear rather than What you can offer! Sadly True… Some might reach there after few years, few might have luck (or destiny) by their side and get there faster, but most, would eventually give up and become –less than what they wanted to become.
What you Should Know and What you Should Do has to do with You.
In Presenting Yourself:
On Paper/ Online
– North American Terminology: your Resume, Yes, it’s called resume here, not a Curriculum Vitae (CV). Say: Resume.
– Stick to short, to the point statements when conveying a point, writing a resume or even a cover letter. Do not list your ‘Job Duties’; list ‘Your
– Customize your profile to fit the job you seek. Borrow Key Words from the job ad and place them in your resume so you won’t be disqualified –by the system, before someone gets the chance to review your application.
– Seek any job that has to do with your previous experience –sacrifice finance if you could; it surly pays back. That will help you grow constantly, and peacefully.
– Humble yourself, and your previous titles. Let’s be honest: No one is going to hire some ex-CEO/ Boss of Bosses whom has done it all to work
at the bottom of the scale. Start small, and then grow big ((again)).
While most of the people you might encounter are less educated than you are; they are way far sophisticated and this is because they read a lot plus, the advanced media which keeps them up-to-date with all areas of life. Scary Stuff! Ha? No Worries
– Stop all that you’re reading and start on some inspiring stuff. Start building your sophistication.
– Check if there is any course you could take to upgrade your professional capabilities. Something that ends with a useful certificate of course; we’re
not talking Basic English/ or Computer courses here.
– Follow the News, locally and internationally; be aware of what is happening socially, economically and politically. Become truly and sincerely involved
in your new environment. Localize your sophistication.
– Don’t feel offended; it’s a different culture and people over here are “practical”, to the point of sounding rude sometimes.
– Widen your contact base. If the people you’re associated with now are still where they were one year ago, move on.
– Go out; observe and associate.
Connecting with the Opportunity
Having that said, and done; opportunities will start to come your way, do not let it pass by; evaluate each opportunity as if its you’re only one, then move to the next one.
|Catch the 1st Chance →||Study the 1st Chance →||Chance’s Pros vs. Cons →||
Choose / or Combine
|Catch the 2nd Chance →||Study the 2nd Chance →||Chance’s Pros vs. Cons →|
|Catch the 3rd Chance →||Study the 3rd Chance →||Chance’s Pros vs. Cons →|
|Catch as Many →||Study More Chances →||Chance’s Pros vs. Cons →|
Responding to the Opportunity
Mr./ Ms. Sophisticated: Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk
– Visualize: Rehearse for every interview/ or meeting like an actor. A great chance to practice the right terminology.
– Repeat: Repeat the information you have gathered, the notes/or comments you have generated. Repeat like a believer.
– Control: You’re in it, to win it. Extinguish your fears like a firefighter.
– Confidence: Smile, in your way in and out.
– Respect: Listen, Take notes, wait, wait, Answer. Be nice, not ridicules.
– Excite: Have something impressive yet, helpful to say by the end.
Follow-up: don’t just pick-up the phone and ask: “what the hell is taking so long??” No, prepare something to offer, an advice or a gesture; something you have captured in your previous meeting. Show that you can add value, simply by showing that you care.
Wow, that was a lot…
SO, Becoming Sophisticated (reading, dressing, thinking, and responding) → Helps you fit → Fitting, exposes you to opportunities → Opportunities are evaluated with your new skills and attitude → Nurtured with continuous learning and development → Results in Acquiring the Opportunity.
Building for your Canadian Experience means building your Canadian-Self, the rest is by-product 😉
I hope, by sharing my own experience, some might benefit.