Free employment services

Employment Workshops Hosted by VIRCS

  • VIRCS hosts a number of employment-focused interactive workshops every year for immigrants and refugees to help them find and maintain work in Canada. Some examples include:

 

Goal Setting and Career Planning 

  • Goal: To help immigrants and refugees identify their career-related goals and prepare for their job search in Canada

 

Information Interviews 

  • Goal: To teach immigrants and refugees how to conduct information interviews to learn about different industries and specific jobs and to ask for career advice

 

Job Search Skills

  • Goal: To teach immigrants and refugees how to do labour market research, how to search for job postings and how to access the hidden job market

 

Job Applications

  • Goal: To help immigrants and refugees identify their employability skills and strengths, to teach them about Canadian hiring processes and to show them how to prepare cover letters and resumes for a job in Canada 

 

Interviews

  • Goal: To teach immigrants and refugees how to prepare for interviews, how to be confident and successful in interviews and how to follow-up with prospective employers after interviews

 

Employment Readiness

  • Goal: To help immigrants and refugees improve their employment readiness and their employability in the Canadian workforce 

 

English for Job Seekers

  • Goal: To help immigrants and refugees who have difficulty finding or maintaining employment improve their oral English communication skills (pronunciation and intonation) and to increase their familiarity with Canadian workplace communication

 

Communication in the Canadian Workplace

  • Goal: To teach immigrants and refugees proper and effective workplace communication skills and behaviour

 

Employment Maintenance

  • Goal: To help immigrants and refugees integrate into the Canadian workforce – Topics include Canadian workplace culture, norms in the Canadian workplace, handing workplace stress and how to problem solve in the Canadian workplace 

 

Financial Planning

  • Goal: To teach immigrants and refugees how to budget their finances and to help them become financially successful in Canada 

 

Computer Courses

  • Goal: To teach job seekers how to conduct job searches online using online databases and how to communicate with prospective employers through email

 

Rights and Responsibilities 

  • Goal: To teach immigrants and refugees their rights and responsibilities in the Canadian workplace