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Subject: NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP
  I am planning to land in a couple of month.I am an engineer with oil and gas background.I need to know how much money per month I need to susrvive in Calagary initiaaly ( with breakaup) till i get a suitable job.I have a family o2+04

Please advise should i start to do any job I get or wait and improve my skills to get my prfessional work.Work experience of Gulf is accepted in Canada?

Thanks for the help.

[02-04-2009,11:29]
[***.29.219.17]
Ali
NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP (in reply to: NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP)
Please ignore the typing errors i made in haste.

Ali

[02-04-2009,11:33]
[***.29.219.17]
Ali
(in reply to: NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP)
Assuming you have a 6 member family; I think you are at least looking for something around 3000$ per month.

Jobs wil be a tough nut to crack. It depends on your field of expertise, the current market need; and above all your personal networking (this is very very important for the 1st job). In general, any experience outside of North Amercia doesn´t mean anything to the employers here. Sometimes even Americans face the "No Canadian" experience issue as well.

Once you can break this initial concrete wall then job shouldn´t be any problem.

Good news for you is Alberta is the place for the Oil/gas. Though they are recessionn now but in the summer when the oil price will go up their should be demand. You also can try now, brush your resume upto Canadian standard, use a local address and start applying and see how much response you get. You may start at wwww.workopolis.com

Good Luck.

[02-04-2009,17:09]
[**.100.197.177]
DC_RC
(in reply to: NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP)
Ali,
I totally agree with what DC_RC said. I was educated and worked in the US. I have landed 3 weeks ago and was lucky to get some interviews. But still potential employers managed to bring up the "no canadian experience" issue. I don´t blame them,then have so many candidates in this economy. I think I have answered that question very well during interviews. In my domain, civil engineering, principles are the same. The only thing that changes are local codes and published standards. So I studied Ontario codes and standards for last 6 months. Still I only got job offers in BC and Alberta, which I´ve turned down for now. I need to stay in Ontario due to future planning to go to school here.

If i have one advice for you though, if possible try to land first, settle and bring the family when you are settled. You will save lot of money and that will be less problems trying to find your way.

[02-04-2009,20:35]
[***.32.231.225]
Landed
(in reply to: NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP)
Landed

I´m also in your flock. What´s your specialization? I´m in Transpo and recently got many offers in Toronto. There is a huge market demand in Ontario for the Transpo guys.

[02-04-2009,21:52]
[**.100.197.177]
DC_RC
(in reply to: NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP)
Hi DC_RC,
Yes that´s true. Transp. seems to be the right business to be in. I´ve been here 3 weeks and trying to understand why I get some many calls and requests for transp. guys. I don´t see lot of roadway const. going on like during the US boom years.

I´m thinking maybe there is a big stimulus package for insfrastructure overhaul and engineering firms are trying to get staff in place. I also heard on TV of a huge subway line extension.

I did more land development work (residential, comm.) and stormwater. I did also few miles alignment design and a couple of instersections. But I dealt more with land dev.

Are you in Toronto ? Have you accepted any of those offers ?

[03-04-2009,04:02]
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Landed
(in reply to: NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP)
I am joining a company in Toronto very soon. I am also from the US, recently laid of and couldn´t find an appropriate position here so decided to try in the Canadian market. Which was one of the biggest surprise in my life; the response was so immense. I had to turn down many offers. I had extremely bad experience here in the same Canada 4/5 years back. Now it looks like a totally new country.

What I learned that Canadian Govt. wisely put stimulus money in the infrastructure sector to check the growing unemployment and hence there is no shortage of new projects. It´ll take some time to see the projects in the construction phase. No doubt this will help to keep busy many people for long in a bad time. In Canada due to the harsh winter constructin works are virtually dead in the winter. Now you should see them starting the sites again and working crazy.

Unfortunately Land Dev. business isn´t that good (in US it is near dead) as it is mostly pvt. funded. Real estate market is slow in Canada too. If you know LDD or Civil 3D then you may try to convince the Transpo guys to give you a chance. They also use Civil 3D in highway design here.

I´ll be involved with the subway line extension as you mentioned from this month. This is one of the reason I chose this company. This would be a great experience.

[03-04-2009,11:10]
[**.100.197.177]
DC_RC
(in reply to: NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP)
I think the Canadian market is way better. There´s absolutely no comparison. In my field the market is dead in the US. At least here when you post your resume on jobs boards, you get the phone ringing. I was amazed to see some US engineering firms completely shut down their career pages.

Yes, I do have LDD and Civil 3D experience, and my focus right now is to get that first chance in a design group. Things will go from there.

Worst thing, I will probably take a job out west until I´m ready to move back to GTA.

I was also worried before coming, as I was hearing how hard it is to get a job in Canada. But I think it´s not really that bad. I´m very positive I will have something soon. Now I´m just trying to be cool and enjoying new life.

You´re very lucky, that sounds like an exciting projects. That´s a very wise investment. The effects will trickle down. As lot of people will to be transp. guys, spots will free up for other people.

Have you worked in Toronto when you first came ?





[03-04-2009,13:19]
[***.32.231.225]
Landed
(in reply to: NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP)
what´s the deal with the "Canadian experience"? i mean how bad of an argument is it? i myself was educated and worked in the US...been there for 9 years...will that help me in getting a job when i land or is it really that different from the US??
[03-04-2009,17:10]
[**.226.41.104]
Anonymous
NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP (in reply to: NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP)
Thanks for the reply.I will add that I am a chemical engineer with refining experience.Can any body please tell about chances of getting job in my professional field.Should I wait and take some training or straight way get any job offered? please help.
[04-04-2009,06:38]
[***.29.219.17]
Ali
(in reply to: NEW IMMIGRANT PLEASE HELP)
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