Tons of experience? Check. Keen to connect? Check. Worth looking at her LinkedIn profile? Check
Emma contacted us and said that she moved to Toronto in May and is currently looking for a solid role. Can any kind fellow Brit (anyone will do, we’re not fussy at this stage of the game) please offer a helping hand or connect with Emma for advice on getting past the lack of dreaded CANADIAN EXPERIENCE?
Cheers a lot, proper appreciative.
So, Emma — tell us about your excellent track record to date …
“After recently moving to Toronto after a travelling break, I am looking to dive back in to a new challenge. I have worked with Operations and Customer Experience for over seven years in the travel industry, but am open to exploring any role in an operational/logistics/customer care field.
“I have worked in both London and Zurich as a Recruitment Manager, Operations Manager, and most recently Senior Operations Manager, leading a whole range of projects from improving customer experience, to managing IT projects, to being responsible for recruitment channels and internal staff trainings, to organising meetings, trainings and events for up to 5,000 students.
“My full LinkedIn profile is here and for anyone who knows of an opportunity that could be a great fit, I can be contacted at emma.clay2 AT gmail DOT COM. Thank you!!”
Over to you, well-connected and generous-to-a-fault fellow Brits.
Daisy Wright talks about getting that all-important Canadian experience
We’ve written in the past about the troubles talented British immigrants face when they come to Canada looking for their first job. Extremely frustrating trying to get your foot in the door and be given a chance.
Thanks to the excellent resource that is New Canadians, they interviewed Daisy Wright, author of “No Canadian Experience, Eh?” so take a butcher’s at her video and website … may be very useful for landing that first Canadian job.
Those hands could be yours …
Got an e-mail from Desmond at The Cavern Bar with a request to post some job opportunities. As Brits in Toronto’s tagline is, “The best pubs, curry, JOBS and dental care in Toronto …” how could we refuse?
He said: “I’m an English bloke, that’s carved out a career in Canada. I’m the General Operations Manager at Hostelling International Toronto. We are always looking for good people, and love the hardworking Brits to work at our facility. We are looking for bartenders, front desk agents, cooks and housekeepers. Feel free to share with your network.”
So, there you have it. The job details are below as PDFs.
Front Desk Agent
“I love food, me. Really do. Events with food are even better, seriously, because I’m looking for a job in that area. Ta!”
New month, new Brit looking for a job in Toronto. Let’s all help Flo as she prepares to cross the pond and try life in this fair city.
“Hope you’re well and the weather’s on the turn for you! We’ve had a spot of snow over here (I’m based in SW England, in Bristol) the last few days, but I’m sure I’ll be laughing at these light dustings come the end of the year when I’ll be living in Toronto.
“Could I have started this e-mail in any more of a British manner?
“I came across your blog earlier this week, and never one to turn down an opportunity and a bit of help, I thought I’d ask if you wouldn’t mind helping me out with sharing my details in the search for a job for when I move this coming May?
“My LinkedIn page is here.
“I’m looking for something events related, although not necessarily corporate events! And if I can incorporate my love of food within it, even better!”
So, if you know of a good opportunity for Flo please e-mail her at flo_greenland AT hotmail DOT CO DOT UK and tell her Brits in Toronto sent you, cheers.
Folded arms body language at the job interview? Might as well get your coat
You know when you walk into a greasy spoon and the conversation goes something like this:
“Alright boss! What you ‘aving today?”
“Hey boss! My usual fry-up plus an extra fried slice please boss!”
“Nice one boss! How’s the missus?”
“She’s alright thanks boss! Can’t complain.”
Well, if you get this job, you’ll be able to walk into the office and say to Kevin McGurgan, British Consul-General in Toronto, “Morning boss! Nice weekend?” because he will be your actual BOSS, and you won’t have to josh around in nonsensical banter to lighten the Monday morning blah.
Yes, the British Consulate-General in Toronto is recruiting for the position of Executive Assistant. The position will report directly to the Consul-General and Director-General for the Department for International Trade in Canada (that’s the bloke in the photo and this is his tweet about it).
The position being offered will be on a full-time, permanent basis starting on April 3, subject to receipt of a successful security clearance. The position will be based at the British-Consulate General Toronto.
The application deadline is January 28 so get your skates on.
(And in case you’re wondering about some of the stuff you may be doing, you’re welcome.)
Need IT support, welding or finance help? Look no further
It’s Christmas time and what better way to celebrate the holiday spirit than by helping a fellow Brit new to Toronto find a job.
Here’s Mustafa from London, UK and he’s looking for a position in IT support, welding (finished certification November 2017) or in the finance sector.
“I have a dynamic approach to new challenges and problem solving skills. I persevere under pressure and am not deterred by challenging tasks. I have always made a conscious effort to ensure that all targets and expectations were met to the best of my ability. I am very hard working and organised, having the ability to efficiently prioritise my work load.
“Throughout my working career I have remained professional and adhered to confidentiality based on the task at hand. At every stage of my working life to-date, I have worked with the customers (internal and external) face to face and via the telephone on a day-to-day basis and used my multilingual ability to communicate with customers to maintain business relation with them in better way possible, which allowed me to portray my outgoing, yet professional personality, further developing my leadership and communication skills.
“If you are looking for an optimistic, promising and dynamic addition to your organisation, I can offer the skills, accompanied by an unwavering work ethic. I am a very versatile worker and as a committed and passionate individual I have endeavoured to exceed the expectations of my supervisors and peers.”
So, please give the gift of employment this Christmas season and contact Mustafa via e-mail at mustafa_55 AT hotmail DOT COM if you can help!
Joshua is looking for work in British/Political researching or reporting
It’s that time of the month again where we try to help out a fellow Brit earn an honest crust. Or better still, real money that can be exchanged for food, heat and rent.
So, welcome to Joshua. He’s not actually in Toronto yet, but will be soon so being the clever chap that he is, has started reaching out early. And we’re happy to help, possibly for some preemptive Timbits. But that would never happen. *sigh*
“So I am a Brit (soon to be) in Toronto, with my flight is booked for the November 25. I am a lucky International Experience Canada lottery winner, and will be able to work in Canada for two years! For the last few months, I’ve been researching all the cool things I will soon be able to explore/do, but the looking for a job bit is trickier.
“So you’re offering to help out fellow Brits in that area? Thank you so much! Any advice/help will be very appreciated. Can I offer you some preemptive Timbits in return? I’ve heard they’re good.
“Firstly I’ve got no idea what is a realistic Canadian salary expectation for myself (other than above minimum wage)? If I could get a job in British/ Political researching or reporting, I would be bleeming over the moon. I want to do a masters in international relations in a few years, so anything relevant to that would be awesome.
“But dream job aside, any 9-5 office job where I get the weekend off to enjoy Canada sounds pretty good too.”
So, there’s Joshua’s ideal wishlist. If you can help — or know someone who can — please contact him at CunninghamJ95 AT outlook DOT COM … and good luck to him.