Keep the focus on your long-term goals

Munir El Kadi who lived in many different countries before moving to Canada is sharing with us the role SOPA played in his success and the steps he took prior to his arrival in Canada. Hello Munir, please tell us a little bit about yourself. My name is Munir El Kadi and I am originally…

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Small Community of People That Rallied For Me

I can vividly remember the excitement when I finally received an email confirming the approval of my permanent resident visa application after three long years of waiting. Shortly after that, panic set in because I had no idea where to start looking for a job and a place to stay. I was acutely aware that…

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Cultural Talks: Workplace Communication and Fit

We at SOPA want our clients to feel prepared before arriving in Canada. Whether in job searching or in acquiring a job, if that is all that is achieved, there is still one piece missing. After receiving the job, we want people to be able to keep the job. Career coaches working with newcomers send…

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SOPA Courses Hit the Nail On the Head

Lydia Ogunoye joined the SOPA program while still in her home country as she was getting ready for her immigration to Canada. When you are moving to a new country, you need to think about many things in advance to be prepared. At times, people leave learning about job search and work culture to the…

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Job Scams and How to Avoid Them

Most newcomers to Canada are eager to find employment soon after arriving. When looking for a job, it is important to be aware that scammers may take advantage of that eagerness. Employment scams can be posted on legitimate and well-known job sites and can be made to appear like real job postings. Scammers would even…

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I light up when I talk about SOPA

Astrid Ene arrived in Canada with her husband in January 2017. After spending some time in Montreal, they are now settled in their original province of destination, Ontario. Astrid currently is working as an Audit Director for the Office of the Auditor General in Ottawa. She sent us her testimonial about how SOPA helped her…

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How to Promote Yourself to Employers

A piece of advice you will hear often when you job searching in Canada is to learn how to “sell” yourself, market yourself or promote yourself to employers. In the beginning, this could be an uncomfortable thing to do, as many people have the instinct to be modest and not stand out. However, the opposite…

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Focus and Dedication: Important Keys to Success

When Dinny Mathew first enrolled in SOPA’s courses in search of a job in Canada, she stood out. With more than a decade of experience in healthcare education, medicine and public health, and multiple academic degrees (Doctor of Medicine, MBA, Master of Public Health), Dinny was well positioned as an appealing candidate for Canadian employers.…

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2020: A MILESTONE YEAR

As this historic and challenging year comes to an end, I want to share my thanks and recognition of the accomplishments we have celebrated. I have been impressed and touched by the resilience I have seen in our clients and our staff during such an uncertain time with a global pandemic. You have shown the…

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