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									Riding the Economic Wave: Getting Ready for the Upswing

Lionel Laroche, Ph.D., P.Eng. EVP, Cross-cultural and Relocation Services CPI Hazell & Associates (416) 961-3700 / Direct: (647) 287-6700 www.hazell.com / llaroche@hazell.com
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Presentation scope
• • • • • • The good news The bad news The real issue The importance of networking Business card and “elevator pitch” Pointers

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The Good News

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The Good News

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The Good News
Canada is a welcoming country for immigrants by world standards. Percentage of people who agree that: “Immigration has a positive impact on my country” • Canada: 77% • USA: 49% (pre 9/11) • Western European countries: 30 to 35%
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The Bad News
Unemployment rate of immigrants as a function of their tenure in Canada
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Unemployment rate (%).

30 25 20 15 10 5 0
Less than Between Between Between Between More 12 1 and 5 6 and 10 11 and 15 16 and 20 than 20 months years years years years years
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Immigrants Non-immigrants

The Bad News
• In the GTA alone, there are about 50,000 unemployed or underemployed New Canadian technical professionals. • “After accounting for differences in age, education and many other factors, recent male immigrants [earned] on average 40% less than their Canadian-born counterparts.”

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The Real Issue
Why is there such a mismatch between supply and demand on the labor market? Because of

Cultural Differences

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The Real Issue
• Culture is like the operating system of your computer. • Canada and your home country have difference cultures, different operating systems • You will have to unlearn many of the things you consider as obvious and relearn something that makes complete sense to Canadians but no sense to you initially.
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The Real Issue
In particular, you will have to learn how to conduct a job search the Canadian way. • Create a resume • Find open positions • Interview • Obtain a job offer • Get through the probation period

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Networking
Networking is essential to finding a job in Canada: • In Canada, most professionals have found their current job and will find their next job through networking. • You need to learn to network “the Canadian way.” • Let’s get started!
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Networking
• Network along professional lines – engineers with engineers, teachers with teachers, etc. • Define and articulate your specialization and your accomplishments • Keep track of the connections and commitments you make • Use business cards to convey essential information
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Your Business Card
Lionel Laroche, Ph.D., P.Eng. Chemical Engineer Specialised in Process Scale-up
647-287-6700 E- mail: llaroche@hazell.com
1220 Yonge Street, #300; Toronto, Ontario M4T 1W1
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Your Elevator Pitch
You need to be able to explain what you do and what you are looking for in 50 words or less. • Hi, I am Lionel Laroche. I am a Chemical Engineer specialized in process scale-up. • I have taken reactions from the 1-liter bench scale all the way to the 12 m3 industrial scale. • I am looking for a job in the specialty chemical industry. • Do you know of any organization that might need someone like me?
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Pointers
• Everyone you will meet today understands your concerns. • Today is the day to experiment and meet new people. • Focus on gathering information. • You need to learn to search for a job “the Canadian way”.

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