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Old Oct 8th 2013, 2:13 pm
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Default Discrimination of UK creds on Resume.

Hello,

This might be me being a little a paranoid but is there such a thing as UK (now Canadian) people getting discriminated because your schooling or jobs were mostly in the UK?

What's the best way to distinguish yourself from just another UK person wanting to get a work permit?
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Old Oct 8th 2013, 4:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Rixy View Post
Hello,

This might be me being a little a paranoid but is there such a thing as UK (now Canadian) people getting discriminated because your schooling or jobs were mostly in the UK?

What's the best way to distinguish yourself from just another UK person wanting to get a work permit?
Volunteering.
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Old Oct 8th 2013, 4:14 pm
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Originally Posted by not2old View Post
loose the Brit accent as quick as you can.
Whatever for?
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Old Oct 8th 2013, 4:18 pm
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Originally Posted by dbd33 View Post
Whatever for?
I deleted my post, but to answer your post

Lose the Brit accent & start to speak with a home grown sounding twang (watch lots of TV) then you wont sound like a Brit

bloody foolish response was that....
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Thanks. You've taught me at least one thing and that's to put sound bites on my resume. How's an accent demonstrated on a resume?
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Default Re: Discrimination of UK creds on Resume.

Originally Posted by Rixy View Post
This might be me being a little a paranoid but is there such a thing as UK (now Canadian) people getting discriminated because your schooling or jobs were mostly in the UK?
Yes, you are a foreigner. Not quite as much a foreigner as someone from some other countries, but a foreigner non the less. However, it is not an insurmountable problem.

What's the best way to distinguish yourself from just another UK person wanting to get a work permit?
Focus your resume on the employer. What are his/her problems? Explain how you can solve them.
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I have read quite a few resumes from British (and other nationalities) and the biggest road block I see is the language used. Acronyms especially. It does kinda stick out.

Canadianise your resume. Call it a resume! Use the language of the Canadian profession/area of expertise. It might only be subtle changes, but it's there. Especially when talking about engineers and technicians, etc, and I've seen resumes from highly experienced UK teachers where the language is just all wrong - OFSTED targets, etc - means nowt here. Adopt the language of here. And if you don't know it, get networking and ask, and get someone to oversee your resume.

For the younger generation with a shorter work history, don't list your GCSE's or A levels - just that you graduated from High School, or "High School Diploma".

When you get to undergraduate and above on the education front, I don't see that it matters too much that you state a UK higher-ed institute....
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Default Re: Discrimination of UK creds on Resume.

Originally Posted by Rixy View Post
Hello,

This might be me being a little a paranoid but is there such a thing as UK (now Canadian) people getting discriminated because your schooling or jobs were mostly in the UK?

What's the best way to distinguish yourself from just another UK person wanting to get a work permit?
Given the strength of the employment market in St. John's, what do you do/want to do? Where have you been working. (You've been here a whiles I think?). PM if you don't want to reply in public.
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I replied with 'volunteering' and this has been ignored but it is a valid way to show commitment to the community, to make contacts, to get Canadian experience. If you haven't worked since arriving then it is an excellent way of getting Csnadian names on your resume.
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It also depends on the role that you're applying for some qualifications or experiences need to be Canadian.
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Default Re: Discrimination of UK creds on Resume.

Originally Posted by Tigger1 View Post
It also depends on the role that you're applying for some qualifications or experiences need to be Canadian.
Role? Role? Is he an actor? It's a job not a role.
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Old Oct 9th 2013, 1:32 am
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I have volunteered for two things that I really felt strongly about since I arrived here. I still do them, but it also helps that I have been able to list the on my resume. Volunteering, if you are doing what you want to do, can only be a plus.
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Default Re: Discrimination of UK creds on Resume.

Originally Posted by bats View Post
I replied with 'volunteering' and this has been ignored but it is a valid way to show commitment to the community, to make contacts, to get Canadian experience. If you haven't worked since arriving then it is an excellent way of getting Csnadian names on your resume.
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I have been home with the kids since we arrived and now that 2 out of 3 are in school I decided to start with some volunteering. I chose a community based organisation that provides childcare when we have meetings.

Thought it solves multiple problems. Gets me out of the house, meet people, get Canadian experience to add to the resume.
Also started to do some babysitting for the local mums. Nothing regular just here and there for a few $$$. In small communities that is an easy way to get to know people that in the future might be able to help with a job. Same as gardening, snow blowing people's drives, window cleaning etc.
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Don't necessarily expect your 3 year UK degree to be accepted as equivalent to an obviously superior 4 year North American degree either.....
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Default Re: Discrimination of UK creds on Resume.

Education in Canada seems superior to British education... ( a nursing degree in Canada is 4 years compared to 3 in the UK and that's just one example )

However depending on your qualifications you can 'convert' them so they are recognised here....
I don't think the british accent has any barrier, if anything it helps getting some jobs... obviously I mean, entry level.

Volunteering is good way to show your committed and it looks good
From my own experience once I got one job here and had that on my resume, with a CANADIAN Reference... that helped me secure jobs going forward
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