Friday, September 20 16:03:53
An expected crowd of more than 8,000 potential emigrants will flock to Dublin and Belfast for the Working Abroad Expo at the end of the month, many of them considering a move to Canada.
The Expo provides jobseekers with a unique opportunity to meet Canadian employers face to face.
Vancouver-based immigrant Ruairi Spillane and his team have been providing advice and support to Irish emigrants to Canada since March 2011.
"Canadian employers absolutely love the Irish. They like our work ethic, our strong personalities and our ability to integrate seamlessly", comments Spillane ahead of his fourth trip to the Expo in Dublin.
The recruitment fair provides people with an opportunity to show their personalities to Canadian employers who are intent on adding more Irish to their workforce.
"Preparation is crucial," says Spillane, "as employers hire candidates who they feel can adapt to how things are done in Canada. Preparing a Canadian style resume and having a basic understanding of the immigration programs are two key steps that are guaranteed to make a strong impression." A candidate's ability to communicate clearly is also very important to Canadian employers who sometimes struggle to understand Irish accents. "It's crucial to slow down and annunciate when speaking to Canadians". "They are often too polite to say they cannot understand our accents!"
Canada has been experiencing a huge influx of Irish emigrants over the past five years. An increased total of 10,000 International Experience Canada (IEC) working holiday visas (a 2-year open work permit that is available to those under 35 years of age) will become available in January 2014. Ireland's allocation of 6,350 visas sold out in a record time of three days in early February of this year. There are thousands more Irish heading over to work on the employer-sponsored Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Program and last year 890 Irish people were granted permanent residency in Canada.
Last year, Moving2Canada launched an employment agency will serve as a crucial link for all Irish emigrants, especially those over 35, who need to either find employment or gain residency prior to moving. The Employment Agency is focused on construction and engineering sectors and was a natural progression based on the growth and popularity of the website.