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Resumes for New Canadian Engineers. Lionel Laroche, Ph.D., P.Eng. EVP, Cross-cultural and Relocation Services CPI Hazell & Associates (416) 961-3700 www.hazell.com. Presentation Scope. Why do we need this webconference? Why create a resume? What makes writing a “winning resume” difficult?

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Resumes for new canadian engineers

Resumes for New Canadian Engineers

Lionel Laroche, Ph.D., P.Eng.

EVP, Cross-cultural and Relocation Services

CPI Hazell & Associates

(416) 961-3700

www.hazell.com

career partners international/hazell & associates


Presentation scope

Presentation Scope

  • Why do we need this webconference?

  • Why create a resume?

  • What makes writing a “winning resume” difficult?

  • What are the typical “mistakes” made by New Canadian Engineers (NCE’s)?

career partners international/hazell & associates


Why do we need this webconference

Why do we need this webconference?

  • In the GTA, there are about 50,000 unemployed or underemployed NCE’s.

  • Canadian Federation of Independent Business stated that 1/3 of their members are limited in their growth by a lack of qualified employees.

  • Tremendous source of untapped skills.

  • Why? Because of cultural differences.

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Why create a resume

Why create a resume?

  • With clients, counselors need to emphasize the fact that resumes are designed to:

    • Demonstrate what you can do for a prospective employer based on your experience

    • Obtain an interview

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What makes writing a winning resume difficult

What makes writing a “winning resume” difficult?

  • Cultural differences are the main hurdle

  • What appears in the resumes of New Canadian engineers is not what Canadian employers of engineers expect in a resume

  • For example, you need to take out pictures, age, marital status, etc.

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What are the typical mistakes made by nce s

What are the typical mistakes made by NCE’s?

  • Their resumes present them as managers – the immediate reaction of employers is: “This person is not technical”

  • Their resumes present them as highly technical (Ph.D.) – they are then seen as overqualified for many of the jobs in Canadian industry

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What are the typical mistakes made by nce s1

What are the typical mistakes made by NCE’s?

  • Their resumes make them look like technicians – not engineers

  • Their resumes make them look like “jacks of all trade, masters of none” – if you say you can do many things, Canadians will think that you cannot do anything well.

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What are the typical mistakes made by nce s2

What are the typical mistakes made by NCE’s?

  • Their resumes make them look like average engineers – Canadians want to hire a first-class engineer.

  • Their resumes describe what they did, not what they accomplished.

  • Their resumes are generic; they send the same resume to hundreds of companies.

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Conclusions

Conclusions

  • When you help NCE’s with their resumes, you need to make sure that the resume does not portray them as:

    • Managers / “Hands-off” engineers

    • Technicians

    • Jacks or all trades, masters of none

    • Overqualified

    • Average in their professions

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Conclusions1

Conclusions

  • You also need to make sure that they know how to target the right employers and customize their resumes to the needs and expectations of these employers.

  • You can refer the difficult cases to me (particularly those who have Ph.D.’s)

  • I can provide a more comprehensive training session on how to help NCE’s find jobs that make use of their skills 

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