Practices of finding a job in Canada may not be the same as in your home country. And an important practice in Canada is to submit a cover letter along with your resume for all job applications.

It takes time and effort to put together a customised cover letter for each job application. When I was applying for jobs, I sometimes got lazy and skipped this step. But do this at the risk for not being called for an interview. This is not to say that you will never be called for an interview if you don’t submit a cover letter. But my point is, why take the risk. So take the time to put together a customised cover letter. You never know, it may turn out to be the best-selling point for your resume to get shortlisted.

Read this interesting article below on how your cover letters still matter…–your-cover-letter-still-matters

Pronouncing names

March 27th, 2011 | Posted by Success In Canada in Language Skills - (1 Comments)

A recent article in the Metro news, Toronto edition, talked about how the street names are mispronounced by people here. And as a newcomer, pronouncing names correctly can be a huge barrier  for you to communicate with others. So if in doubt, ask a friend or acquaintance. If you are talking to someone whose name you cannot pronounce, it is perfectly acceptable to ask them how you should enunciate their name. It is better to ask than to say the name in the wrong way.

Check out the article below, an interesting read…–tarawna-where-the-streets-have-mispronounced-names

Immigrating to Canada is a challenging task. There are so many things you need to take care of, you don’t know where to begin. And when you finally move to Canada, you feel like a fish out of water. To top it all there is so much competition to succeed with all the newcomers coming to Canada everyday, let alone the people that already here. To put this in perspective, when I arrived in Canada, more than 10,000 new immigrants entered with me in that month.

Learning from the experiences of other can hopefully give you a solution to your problems. At the minimum, you can use it as a starting point to build on. I have put down in this website my experiences and the experiences of other immigrants that I know. Many things I talk about are in hindsight as I also did not do it right when the first time.  So I hope you find this advice helpful, and if you know a better way please don’t hesitate to share it with me. I would add it to this website so that we all get ‘Success in Canada’.