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Mentoring program

The CIMA mentoring program was set up to assist members that have recently moved to Canada.

The objective of this initiative is to assist members and students to adapt to the employment market in Canada and to assist them to develop their network of contacts.

CIMA members have strong resumes based on their international management accounting qualification and their strong international work experience.

However, there are certain nuances that are specific to the Canadian employment market and the objective of this program is to assist members to understand and adapt to the specific expectations and norms of the Canadian Employment Market.

Mentoring program

Arriving in Canada

You can sign up for the mentoring program before you arrive in Canada.

Please make sure you have your CIMA Certificate, copies of references from previous employers and their contact details. 

This will greatly speed up the process of job hunting.

Recognition of your international qualification in Canada

There are three main accounting bodies in Ontario:

 

  • The Certified Management Accountants of Canada
  • The Chartered Accountants of Canada
  • The Certified General Accountants of Canada

 

Mutual Recognition with CMA Canada:

A Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) exists between CIMA and CMA Canada.

The MRA provides a fast track route for members of CIMA to become members of CMA Canada and vice versa.

Details of the MRA are set out on the home page of CIMA Canada.

Highlights of the CIMA Mentoring program

Register with the CIMA Canada Mentor program before or as soon as you move to Canada.

A mentor will phone you to schedule a meeting.

The mentor will:

  • give you an overview of the job market in Canada
  • give you advice on writing your resume for the Canadian employment market
  • introduce you to recruiters
  • be available to discuss any employment problems
  • introduce you to other CIMA members and help you develop your Canadian network of friends and colleagues

The mentoring coordinators will also organize regular training courses.

These will include:

  • presentations on resume writing
  • interview skills,
  • presentations skills etc.

They will also provide you with information on federal and provincial programs to assist your move to Canada.

Resume writing tips

Great jobs are here today and gone tomorrow...

Job opportunities are always available. Be ready with an up-to-date well-written resume.

How will your resume compare with the competition?

A well-written resume is a must. Today's job-winning resumes are well thought out, concise, and attractive to potential employers.

Your resume must grab recruiters' attention and make them want to call you for an interview.

Remember:

  • Be noticed
  • Be impressive
  • Be the one they call

Resume writing tips from the experts:

Interview skills

You never get a second chance to make a first impression

 After submitting a great resume, the interview is the most important aspect of any job hunt.

You have about 30 seconds to make the right impression with the employer. 
First impressions are lasting impressions.

A bad impression could cost you the job you want the most.

Preparing in advance can help lower your stress level as well as help you perform better during at the interview. 

Here are some key steps leading to a successful interview

Preparation:

  • Research the company to learn as much as you can, using the Internet and any other source. Do not be afraid to phone the company and ask them questions. 
  • Use the information to demonstrate your knowledge and interest during the interview. The Internet is a great resource to help you find out. 
  • Check out their website, do a Google search, and don’t forget the websites of your local newspapers to see if this company has made any headlines lately.
  • Rehearse. Practice your facial expression, eye contact, handshake and body language. 
  • Review likely interview questions and practice answering them. If you can, find someone to role play the interview with you and give you feedback about how you’re doing. This will help you to answer these sorts of questions professionally and without sounding like you’ve memorized it. 
  • If no-one is available for you to practice with, read in front of the mirror, and watch yourself answer. Yes, you’ll feel silly, but it’s a great way to really smooth out any wrinkles in your answers.
  • The Interview is the most important thing you have on that day. Some employers may spend most of a day with you, have you meet a number of people, tour their facility, take screening tests and other activities. 
  • Other employers may get right down to business and you can be in and out inside an hour. However, you do not know which kind of interview you will have in advance, so you do not want to feel rushed, or to leave the impression you have more important things to do than participate in the interview.
  • Dress as if you already work there. Men usually wear ties, dress shoes and often a sports coat. Women always wear hosiery and dress shoes. Stay away from trendy looks, go with classic conservative.
  • Avoid displaying anything that may take attention away from your skills and qualifications. Like tattoos, nose rings, loud makeup, etc. -- unless you are interviewing at a place where managers, employees and customers alike dress in that style.
  • Go alone. Don't bring a friend or relative. It may sound obvious, but it's been known to happen. If someone needs to drive you to the interview, leave him or her outside the building. Arrange to meet after the interview.
  • It is okay to bring a person with you to an interview if you require help with a disability. Alert the interviewer in advance so they can prepare adequate seating.
  • Arrive a few minutes early. Always make sure you allow extra time if you are unfamiliar with the location.

At the Interview:

Be polite. 

Show respect to everyone you meet, whether it's the boss, the receptionist or a prospective co-worker. There are a million urban legends of people who were rude to the receptionist only to find that it was really the boss conducting a test to see how the interviewee really behaved.

Focus on what you can offer the interviewer to address the company’s problems. The employer needs to understand the benefits of hiring you not to hear that you want the corner office and need to make rent payments.

Bring two copies of your resume with you. This shows that you are prepared in the case that more than one person is interviewing you, and even if they have copies, you can use one to refer to as you answer questions.

Think about what the interviewer really wants to know. Think of yourself as a product with features and benefits you need to sell to customers. How does that shape your answers (no, it’s never a good idea to call yourself ‘a bargain at any price’, or to try to sell yourself like an infomercial – Wait! There’s more!)

Think of an interview more like shopping at a sophisticated retail store, where no-one is going to discuss the price of the merchandise, but the sales person will describe to you in detail how wonderful your life will be with this product

Use your own judgment whether or not to discuss your disability. If your disability will affect how you perform the job, it may be a good idea to discuss how you would accomplish the essential duties that the job requires.

In Canada, the employer is NOT allowed to ask you about the nature of your disability, but remember, if the employer cannot understand how you would perform the job, he/she may assume that you cannot. It is a good idea to make sure that you communicate your abilities, and use concrete examples, where possible. For more information about disclosure, click here (link to disclosure article).

Ask the employer some questions. In your preparation, you may have found that you had questions about the company. It’s always a good tactic to ask insightful questions during the interview.

It sets you apart from the rest of the pack of applicants. Questions show that you've done your homework about the company, and that you're as interested in finding out how you'll fit in and achieve your career goals as they are in learning if you're the right person for the job. You may not have as much time as you'd like to ask all your questions, so plan to ask the most important questions first, in case the interviewer closes the interview before you've had time to ask them all.

Never, ever ask about salary, vacation or other benefits during a job interview. Doing so communicates that you are only interested in what you are going to get out of the job. Remember, the point of the interview is to communicate what you have to offer the employer, not the other way around. The time to talk about money and other goodies is after the employer has offered you the job.

Make sure you say “Thanks”

Follow up with a thank-you letter to the interviewer to let him/her know that you appreciated their time. In cases where the decision is between two very close candidates, a thank you letter can tip the scales in your favour.

Recruitment Sites and Recruitment details

There are several methods of recruitment, the main ones being through a recruitment website, recruitment agency or direct hiring.

Recruitment Websites

These websites will usually have a section devoted to your profile where you may create your resume and cover letters using various templates. You also have options to receive daily email updates of new vacancies.

Recruitment Agencies

It may be a good idea to register with more than one agency as each company has different client and/or specialties and geographies that they cover. An important point to bear in mind when registering with an agency that a company may use more than one recruitment agency to find employees which will mean that your resume may be sent to them more than once. To avoid this ensure that you find out as much details from the agency before they forward on your details to their client.

Programs in Ontario for skilled immigrants

There are several programs to assist skilled migrants in settling into the local job markets, some of them are free.

Enterprise Toronto

 http://www.enterprisetoronto.com/

Enterprise Toronto is an innovative public and private sector alliance created to provide one-stop sourcing of services and programs tailored to meet the needs of the Toronto's Entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Job Connect

 http://www.jobconnectontario.org/newsite/index.html 

A free employment service to help Job Searchers who are out of school and work find full time employment. The program is funded by Employment Ontario, and services employers and job seekers in Acton, Brampton, Georgetown, Halton, Milton, Oakville and Peel.

A Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council handbook for job seekers new to Canada from: http://triec.mentoringsoftware.com