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Learn how your career coach can help you

Check out our latest video to learn how a career coach at Directions for Immigrants can help you achieve your goals. 

Career development professionals advise, coach, provide information and support people who are looking for work and needing help with their careers. 

Basically, career coaches help job seekers in the same way that soccer coaches help players improve their skills. 

How to start good conversations

Have you asked yourself how to have productive conversations when you meet someone at a networking event? Besides being a good listener and asking relevant questions, there are other tips you can consider to leave the room satisfied with the connections you made.

1. Don't focus on what you'll say next.

2. Ask relevant questions. 

3. Research about the person or company. 

Read more at the Forbes magazine. Click here

6 Jobs for People Who Love to Travel

Does the thought of spending every day in an office, stuck in a cubicle make you recoil in fear? Maybe you sit in your cubicle day in and day out dreaming of packing your bags and flying to a faraway country?

Believe it or many Canadians get paid to travel as part of their jobs. To help make your daydreams reality, we’ve put together a list of the top travel related jobs that are hiring right now so get ready to pack your bags and explore!

Read the full article on Workopolis

Client News

Folorunso's success story

Congratulations to Folorunso. He is an internationally educated IT professional from Nigeria. With over 10 years of experience he recently landed a job as an IT Security Analyst in Calgary. 
Read his story on our Fall 2017 Newsletter

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General News

Go Beyond the Small Talk

Joan's tips on how to start good conversations
How do you like this weather? What do you do for a living? These are typical small talk questions people ask at professional networking events, but do they really help you get to know the person? Not really, says Joan Matsusaki, career coach at Directions for Immigrants.
Read the full article on our Spring 2017 Newsletter.

Clear Communication for Business

A fantastic group of internationally educated community planners, career development professionals, engineers, geologists, and environmental technologists completed the Clear Communication for Business Job Success Group. Good job everyone!

The next one runs from December 4 to 8, 2017

Job search resources

What is a good elevator speech?

An elevator speech is a clear, brief message or “commercial” about you. It communicates who you are, what you're looking for and how you can benefit a company or organization. It's typically about 30 seconds, the time it takes people to ride from the top to the bottom of a building in an elevator.

This is a good definition taken from the University of California Small Farm Program.

Networking during the holiday season

Whether you are job searching or wanting to expand your professional network, the
holiday season brings opportunities for meeting new people and nurturing your ongoing
relationships. "Christmas time is usually a less busy season for some businesses, so
people may have more free time to share helpful advice and have informational
interviews," suggests Patrick Cotter, career coach at Directions.

Read full article on our Fall 2017 Newsletter

Calgary Public Library suggests books to battle the downturn

As Calgary goes through a recession, there's a whole lot of people with a whole lot of time on their hands

  • Knock 'em Dead: The ultimate job search guide, 2015  by Martin John Yate
  • What color is your parachute? A practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers by Richard N. Bolles
  • Strategize to Win: The new way to start out, step up, or start over in your career by Carla A. Harris
  • Who moved my cheese? : An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life by Spencer Johnson
Read the CBC News article to learn more.



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