Name: Patricia Lima Rocha
Country of Origin: Brazil
Job Title: System Analyst
How did the Immigrant Centre help you to find a job in Canada?
My Facilitator helped me to improve my resume and to prepare an appropriete cover letter. More than that, she encouraged me to show my knowledge and my values during any interview, even if I was recently arrived in Canada.
I participated at all workshops and I learned so many important things that are different from my country and that are relevant here.
What types of job search techniques did you use to find your job?
As I’ve learned at Immigrant Centre, I went to all job fairs available accordingly dressed with my resume in hands. I’ve talked to every company that I could find a job opportunity. Always with a smile on my lips.
I used to spend most of my days searching for opportunities on company websites and job sites. I’ve really spent many hours and many days working on that.
But what really got my results was the Job Bank site.
What differences have you noticed between working in Canada and working in your home country?
In Canada, people are more objective and they use to stop a work day at the right time. In Brazil it is normal to work till late, and if you don’t do that, probably someone will look at you as if you were not motivated.
What advice would you give to immigrants and newcomers looking for work
If you want to work and think that Winnipeg can be your new home, come and grab your new life. It doesn’t matter if your English is not perfect or if you are shy. People here are ALWAYS available to help you, even in the middle of the street.
But if want easy things coming easily, stay where you are. Winnipeg needs good, dedicated and focused people to grow with this awesome city.