Communicate Effectively in Your Work Search and the Workplace

Settlement ISC Employment

On August 4th, 2015, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Employment Bridging Service hosted a very successful workshop titled: Communicate Effectively in Your Work Search and the Workplace. Participants learned about as well as practiced various communication strategies to market themselves more effectively in their work search and their communication with potential employers.

The Talent Pool HR Trends 2015: The Year of Resiliency

Settlement ISC Employment

The Talent Pool, the HRIA and the Canada West Foundation presented their A TED style Talk on Competence, Competencies and Critical Skills in 2015. Immigrant Services Calgary was invited to this successful event. The panel of experts shared their insight on: Skills mismatches, skills shortages and skills losses; yes, even during an economic disruption. Critical skills are needed for today’s …

High-Paying Programs in Canada

Settlement ISC Employment

According to, the only source of jobs validated by the Government of Canada, the following fields whose graduates have the highest median earnings. The high-paying programs list is provided for each level of study, a diploma/certificate, a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a registered trade. Level of Study – Diploma/Certificate High-Paying Programs Median Earnings Stationary Energy Sources Installer …

LinkedIn with Eric Pye (CPA Alberta)

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The Integrated Mentorship Program (IMP) hosted a very successful workshop last week on the use of LinkedIn to network and search for employment. The guest speaker was Eric Pye, Career Advisor at Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Alberta. More than twenty-five of participants attended the event. For more information about the Integrated Mentorship Program and finding a mentor, please visit: Find …

“Fit in Fast” program for new immigrant working professionals

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On Thursday July 9, 2015, Bow Valley College introduced the “Fit in Fast” program at Immigrant Services Calgary. This is an online program designed by the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement to help new immigrant professionals to fit in with Canadian expectations. It was a successful event with many attendees. For more information about this program, please …

Crossing the “Believability Gap”

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HOW ARE HIRING DECISIONS MADE? After the resumes are submitted, and the interviews are completed, how does the hiring manager decide who to hire? Let’s take a step back for a moment. Hiring managers are usually the leaders of a team, a project, a business unit, or a specific location. They have a budget, a set of accountabilities, objectives or …

Minimum Wage to reach $11.20

Settlement ISC Employment, Fun Facts

Alberta’s minimum wage will increase from $10.20 to $11.20 on October 1st, 2015. The minimum wage in Alberta is currently the lowest in Canada, but will become the second highest once the one dollar increase is in effect.  This increase is part of the Alberta NDP government’s plan of bringing minimum wage to $15 by 2018, which would become the …

Staffing and Recruitment Agencies

Settlement ISC Employment

Question: “Should I use Staffing and Recruitment agencies to help me find a job?” Answer: Yes, and No. The first thing you need to understand about a recruiter is that they do not work for you. They work for whatever company pays them. YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS. In other words, they only get paid if the candidate they send to …

DRAFT “Names”

Settlement ISC Employment

Some people upon arriving in Canada wonder if they should change their name to sound more “Canadian.” Common reasons people give are 1) a concern that their name sounds too “ethinc,” and they worry people will discriminate against them, 2) concern that people will have a hard time pronouncing it. Specifically, I have had clients wonder if they should pick …

National Professional Practice Examination

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The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) is introducing a new, computer-based version of the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE). The NPPE is a mandatory exam that all applicants must pass before they can become licensed to practice engineering or geoscience in Alberta. Computerizing the NPPE will benefit applicants in many ways: multiple test locations in Alberta …