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Opening Doors, A Perspective On Improving the Employment Prospects For Newcomers. Bonni Titgemeyer CEBS, SPHR, CHRP, CMS Managing Director The Employers’ Choice Inc. Agenda. The story I tell with pride. . . Lessons and tips for newcomers and those who help them.

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Opening Doors, A Perspective On Improving the Employment Prospects For Newcomers

Bonni Titgemeyer CEBS, SPHR, CHRP, CMS

Managing Director

The Employers’ Choice Inc.


Agenda

  • The story I tell with pride. . .

  • Lessons and tips for newcomers and those who help them.

  • Observations regarding employment practices.

  • Tips for employers.


Why I chose to do this particular presentation. . .

  • As the Program Coordinator at Sheridan, I connect with many newcomers, who must go through the system even if they are experienced professionals.

  • As a Past President of the Peel Chapter of the HRPAO, I see so many professionals who struggle with breaking into the field.

  • I see the lost opportunities they have for utilizing the best of their experience in transitioning to the Canadian environment.

  • Hungry for the opportunity to share.


It Takes a Village

All in this room know that it takes all the parties working together to improve the employment prospects for newcomers

  • The Community

  • Newcomers

  • Educational system

  • Employers


Opening Doors—Tips for Newcomers and Those Who Help Them

(A Company Human Resources Perspective)


Tips For Newcomers

  • Be yourself.

  • Don’t over-rely on job boards and electronic searches. The job market is hidden.

  • Broad searches backfire. Aiming at one thing has a better chance of success than aiming at everything and hoping you hit something.


Tips for Newcomers (continued)

  • It is a global economy. Use your existing assets wherever you can.

    • Pride shows confidence.

    • A Spanish-speaking student who was aiming for an HR Manager position was noticed when he successfully helped to fill a hard-to-fill technology position from a Spanish-speaking country in Latin America.

    • Another student was hired because he spoke the language of the majority in the manufacturing facility, thereby bridging a management gap.


Tips for Newcomers (continued)

  • If you struggle with English, do something about it.

  • The cruel reality is that no matter how great your experience is, employers still select on the basis of communication skills.


Tips for Newcomers (continued)

  • Learn to network.

    • Make the investment in a related association.

    • Attend industry gatherings.

    • Focus on making friends and not getting a job.

    • Understand that networking involves an exchange.

      • You have to do a favour to be able to ask for a favour.

      • Giving to others comes back in spades.


What Are Your Successes That You Can Share?

  • How has networking helped you?

  • What are your own lessons?


Tips for Newcomers (continued)

  • Take advantage of mentoring programs.

    • Example, in the HR field most chapters have mentoring programs.

    • Become a Big Brother or Sister, and meet and network with others who may be able to help you.

  • 10 seconds, that’s all you get. Don’t overload your resume. Keep it clean. Have someone proofread it. Get professional help.


Tips for Newcomers (continued)

  • Prepare for interviews.

    • Understand how behaviour-based interviewing works.

      • Past experience predicts capability.

      • Tell me about a time when. . .

    • Practice the most-often used questions.


Sample Questions—Could You Do It?

  • Give me an example of a time when you were able to communicate successfully with another person, even when that individual may not have personally liked you.

  • Tell me about a time when it was critical that you had to get a point across. What was the issue, how did you convey it, and what was the result?


Sample Questions—Could You Do It?

  • Give me an example of a time when you used your fact-finding skills to gain information needed to solve a problem; then tell me how you analyzed the information and came to a decision.


Tips for Newcomers (continued)

  • DO NOT make a phone call to a prospective employer just to ask “Did you receive my resume?”

  • Understand that the problem of under-employment of newcomers is recognized and that there are people out there doing something about it. Help them to help you.

  • Rejection means that you are doing something and every no is a step closer to yes.


Tips for Newcomers (continued)

  • Understand the hiring process.

    • Do your homework. Find out about the industry, the company’s structure and decision-making process, the responsibilities.

      • Read the website, research.

      • Understand the pay market

        • www.salaryexpert.com

        • www.monster.ca

    • In all likelihood, it will take 2-3 interviews and potentially employment testing to get the job.

    • Reputable employers use written offers.

    • Ok to review before signing back.

    • Ok to propose changes.


Observations Regarding Employers and Employment Practices


Observations

  • HR is limited in employers with less than 100 employees.

  • The lack of sophistication regarding the handling of immigrant information is a deterrent to hiring newcomers.


Observations

  • Employers overuse/improperly use behaviour-based interviewing.

    • Experience vs. attitude

    • Are you capturing transferable skills?


Observations (continued)

  • Sometimes, you can’t be flexible.

    • Newcomers have adjustment issues, and it is perceived that they need more time off than the average worker.

    • Smaller employers in a tight market may take the risk to higher a newcomer, but may not be able to offer flexibility.


What Can NCON Agencies Do to Help Employers?


Tips for Employers


Tips for Employers

  • Think of diversity as an integrated part of organizational strategy.

    • Not on the shelf.

    • Not as pictures on the wall.

    • But as a regular part of your strategic plan.

      • An element of training and development.

      • As a means to bridging gaps.

      • As part of how the business grows.


Other Tips to Improve the Experience of Newcomers and the Rest of Your Team

  • Plain language policies.

  • Job descriptions.

  • Invest in orientation and team-building exercises.

  • Invest in ESL.


Questions?


I would love to connect with you

Bonni Titgemeyer

btitgemeyer@theemployerschoice.com

905-874-1035 x. 431

2 County Court Blvd., Suite 430

Brampton, ON L6W 3W8


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