July 12, 2009

Open Door Society

Finding a job is usually a newcomer’s first and most important job. Understanding how Canada’s job market is different from the one in your home country can help to ensure you start your search in the most effective way.

Some newcomers choose to start a new career or profession in Canada because it is easier and faster than obtaining Canadian certification in their current occupation - which may involve time and expense to obtain further education to acquire Canadian credentials. Some newcomers take up any job (survival job) while they acquire Canadian credentials and Canadian experience. Even after getting certified, newcomers would be competing for jobs with people born and educated in Canada who have Canadian education, experience, are more comfortable with the language, working environment and have a wider circle of business contacts and networks.

If you are new to Regina, and you want to improve your English for future employment and integration, you will be suggested to the Regina Open Door Society (RODS). People usually call it Open Door for short. RODS is a non-profit organization that provides settlement and integration services to refugees and immigrants in Regina.

Well-known for offering free English as a Second Language (EAL) and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes, Open Door helps immigrants and refugees adapt quickly to the community. Open Door also offers childcare and transportation assistance for participants based on need.

For those with a rather good English ability and want to find a job, Open Door offer Employment Assistance Services and Enhanced Language Training. This will be the best way for them to save time for integration. After attending all classes of this service, newcomers will have job references and potential employment. Sometimes, Employers in the community can contact Open Door office for potential candidates & resumes for hiring purposes.

For those who came from China, India and Philippine, you can check out the Canadian Immigrant Integration Project (CIIP) .

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