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Success Tips. Ruairi Spillane – Moving2Canada. About Me. 2004: Business Studies degree from UL (Acc ounting & Finance) 2005: Masters in Financial Services 2006 – 2008: 3 unhappy years in finance Feb 2008: Got offered a finance role in Vancouver 2010: Tried to switch careers – struggled

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Success tips

Success Tips

Ruairi Spillane – Moving2Canada


About me

About Me

2004: Business Studies degree from UL (Accounting & Finance)

2005: Masters in Financial Services

2006 – 2008: 3 unhappy years in finance

Feb 2008: Got offered a finance role in Vancouver

2010: Tried to switch careers – struggled

Jun 2011: Networked, headhunted by main competitor and offered the opportunity in sales I wantedJul 2012: Quit a secure job to chase my dreams


About moving2canada

About Moving2Canada

Mar 2011: Moving to Vancouver Facebook page

Sept 2011: Moving2Vancouver.ca

Jul 2012: Quit a secure job to build a Canada-wide website and recruitment agency, www.Moving2Canada.com

Oct 2013: 35,000 visits per month, established recruitment agency for engineering and construction professionals


Why does this matter

Why does this matter?

Living in Canada since 2008

Changed careers in Canada (finance to sales)

Assisting newcomers find employment since 2011

Set up my own online business in Canada

Formal recruitment agency since July 2012

Setting up your own business is remarkably similar to job hunting in a new country

What were the challenges I faced?


Swot analysis

SWOT Analysis

  • Objective: Being aware of your internal and external environment

  • Strengths: (Internal)

  • People skills

  • Common sense

  • Solid reputation of Irish people

  • Accent

  • International experience

  • Modesty

  • Strong education

  • Opinionated


Swot analysis1

SWOT Analysis

  • Weaknesses: (Internal)

  • Accent – slow down and enunciate

  • Lack of local (or any) experience

  • Lack of ambition – Engrained to be grateful to have a job

  • Modesty


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SWOT Analysis

  • Opportunities (External environment)

  • Blank canvas – follow your dreams

  • Strong economic environment

  • Threats (External environment):

  • Fear of flight – Employers prefer local candidates


How to find a job in canada

How to find a job in Canada

Step 1: Canadianize your Resume

Step 2: Research the jobs market/Information interviews

Step 3: Build your online presence

Step 4: Build your contacts/Networking

Step 5: Send targeted applications to open positions

Step 6: Adjust/Improve the process


Using linkedin

Using LinkedIn

  • Free online networking tool allowing you to build connections before you land in Canada

  • Garbage in, garbage out!

  • Professional image, complete profile, keywords, join industry groups

  • If you don’t promote yourself, then nobody will…


Immigration to canada

Immigration to Canada

  • For those 35 years or younger, 10,000 International Experience Canada (IEC) working holiday visas will be released in Dec 2013

    • Do not pay any agency to fill out your forms!

  • Over 35, then you need to get a job offer or else apply for residency


Things to remember

Things to remember!

  • Network – build a team of people to help you find a job

  • Be proactive, don’t wait for things to happen around you

  • Do everything face to face or over the phone, where possible. Do not hide behind emails

  • No online job applications

  • Meet at least two new people every day – drink lots of coffee

  • Volunteer – it’s a great way to network and learn

  • Remember, you write the script so making a fresh start is a great time to make a change

  • Other things to remember….


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Lose any sense of entitlement. You will be just

another immigrant!


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If something is not working, examine what you are

doing instead of blaming external factors


Success tips

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone…

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”  - Tim Ferriss


Take action now

Take action now

Join our Network to be kept updated on immigration, employment and current events across Canada

Getting Started Success Program – 15 page manual


Questions

QUESTIONS??


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