7 Skills That Will Land You A Job In 2014 0

As we move into the New Year with hopes of keeping our resolutions (and gym members) active, we also realize that the New Year demands new skills. Although most of us are safe inside our cubicles, those looking to change careers or entering the job market for the first time will need a variety of skills to land a good job. Obviously, good customer service, punctuality, excellent communication, flexibility, and the ability to take on a variety of tasks and finish them by a particular deadline are still required. However, there are some talents that companies have begun looking for in those that they employ.


1. Web designing skills


Although you may not think that knowing how to design a website will help land you that dream job, it can vastly improve your chances! A lot of CEOs do not have time to maintain their website or come up with clever designs and will usually hire a separate person to do it for them. By hiring a valuable asset to the company that can also do website design, the company can eliminate the extra cost of outsourcing.


2. Writing


We can all carry on professional conversations with little to no problem, but writing can be a completely different story. Even though spell check is a life saver for most, having a general knowledge of flow and the inner workings of writing can definitely net you a job. Companies are always looking for employees who can send professional emails to other businesses and clients or write documents.


3. Accounting


Keeping track of finances can be difficult; especially for big, bustling companies that have a lot of employees to keep track of. If you are good at accounting and can take some of the workload off of your boss, you may find yourself with not only a job but a promotion in the near future.


4. Programming


Just like website designing skills, employees who know how to do programming will be hired over those who do not. As we move deeper and deeper into the age of technology, the demand for these skill sets increases. A lot of owners do not have the time needed to do all of the programming so it gets outsourced when cost the company a lot of money. By hiring somebody who can do their job AND programming, the company definitely benefits and so do you!


5. Computer maintenance knowledge


One of the bad things about this technological age is the fact that we rely heavily onto our computers and they are guaranteed to obtain a virus or break down at some point. Hiring an employee to do their 9 to 5 job who can also fix a stubborn computer is a must have for all businesses. Make sure you list this on your resume when applying!


6. Editing


Editing coincides with writing, but goes a little deeper. Although you can easily write a professional document, it takes a trained eye- typically that of an editor or somebody with good grammar/structure- to make it even better and erase any mistakes present. Editing emails or documents for your boss before they leave the company can take a lot of stress off your boss’s shoulders. Also, spell check does not differentiate between effect and affect so it is easy to misuse words like this and have it pass. Somebody skilled in editing can easily spot and fix the problem saving the company the embarrassment.


7. Basic construction/repair skills


Rather than calling a plumber or handyman to fix the leaky faucet or broken cabinet, turning to an employee is a much better option for companies. Somebody who has a basic skill set and knowledge of fixing things can be an incredibly valuable asset to any company.

Studying in Canada 0

At some point in your studies, you will probably look at your apartment window (or stare blankly at one of the posters hung up on your dorm wall) and wish you were somewhere else. You may also frequently daydream about what it would be like to study abroad and maybe even fantasize about some of the jobs you could have outside of the country. If any of this sounds like you then it is probably time to see what the visa requirements are, pack your bags, and see where the next bus takes you!


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Visa Requirements

Students who wish to travel to Canada will need a visa in order to do so. You will need to contact the government of Canada first upon your arrival to attend school unless you are a member of the armed forces, or a staff/family member of a foreign representative to Canada who has been accredited by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. You may also be able to skip the visa process if you are accepted by a particular university or accredited school that is “approved” by the Canadian government. You can easily find this information on the school’s website.


Part-Time Jobs

Of course, traveling to a new country will require money. Dorms, apartments, homes, and even staying with friends can be expensive, especially when you factor in the need for money for: food, water, cell phone, entertainment, clothes, books, and classes (financial aid only goes so far, unfortunately). Getting a part-time job to pay your bills will make life a lot easier on you and there are plenty of options in Toronto that will not leave you stressed out, overworked, or frustrated!



1. Minor plumbing work

Although you cannot do major plumbing work without a license, you can do small like drain repair in Toronto without one. The pay is good and the hours are flexible so you will have plenty of time for school.


2. Teacher’s assistant

Not only does this give you an edge in classes, but the pay is good and you will only work a few hours a week helping the professor grade papers. It is not labor intensive which is great for college students!


3. Dog groomer’s assistant

Typically you will only be responsible for washing and drying dogs as well as keeping the area clean. You may learn some basic cuts (if the groomer is willing to teach you) and again, the hours are flexible and during your downtime, you may also choose to study.


4. Waiter

This is probably the most common job when it comes to college students. Since the hours are flexible and the pay rate is great, many students flock to restaurants to get a piece of the action.


5. Housekeeper

Although this probably does not sound like a very fun occupation, it will offer a substantial amount of income and allow you to dictate your own hours. Most housekeepers work weekends and that can be great if you are going to class most days during the week.

Regardless of what part-time job you choose, rest assured that Toronto has lots of options! So focus on school, study hard, and enjoy getting out and seeing the world.

Migrating To a New Country: Is It Worth It? 0

Many people are considering transferring to another country. It may be due to a lot of factors: political, economic, natural disaster, wanting to join their family abroad or just the wish to change one’s environment. There are also a lot of things that needs to be done in order to process one’s immigration to his chosen country. Moving out from an origin country takes several considerations like seeking employment in another country. Sometimes, doing odd jobs like maid services; teaching English to non-native speakers or just getting a job in a different surrounding will suffice.

One way to obtain immigration to another country is by citizenship. Although the easiest but not the fastest way to immigrate, you have to study the immigration process in the chosen country and complete all the necessary papers and documents to be submitted. You should also be ready to leave your old citizenship and welcome a new place, custom, surroundings and set of laws to abide.

The rules are getting stricter in Australia

The rules are getting stricter in Australia


Obtaining citizenship can be done by the following:

1. By place of birth. This is acquired to children born in the specific country; excluding the new children of foreign diplomats.

2. By descent. Often based on the parents or grandparents’ citizenship. Sometimes, either of the parent’s citizenship is considered especially if they are married at the time of the child’s birth.

3. By marriage. This is considered as the fastest way to get entry to another country. Acquiring the spouse’s citizenship happens soon after the marriage proceedings.

4. By naturalization. Some people can obtain citizenship if they have met certain requirements like having lived in a country for several years. A country may grant them citizenship and not require them to renounce their other citizenship.

5. Dual citizenship by treaty. Some countries have certain agreements to recognize dual citizenship among their people.

6. Dual citizenship by default. This can be obtained by birth or descent wherein one country doesn’t like multiple citizenship; sometimes other countries has no problem with having both.

Either way you get your citizenship, getting the immigration process completed should be your number one priority. Serious consideration and study is needed to come to a firm decision if moving to another country is the best solution especially with your family in tow. Getting employment is also one major factor to give attention to. Whatever the outcome of your decision is, and if immigration to another country is the perfect solution, then be ready to embrace a new life in that country.

How Changes in Immigration Policy in Australia Affect Local Businesses 0

Changes in immigration policy touches almost every part of Australian life. Their local businesses receives the highest impact. This is because it determines who their visitors and neighbors are particularly when it comes to the world of business.

They have always welcomed immigrants even during the recession period. The changes therefore in policies will mean also changes in the labor and the transaction patterns. There has been a trend in the increasing number of foreign workers to their country. They are brought to Australia according to the requirements of employers. They normally stay at the pleasure and needs of the employers.

Their country’s construction groups are inviting a number of reforms in the system of immigration to make it possible for many local businesses to recruit skilled workers. They need the highest number of temporary workers to meet the requirements of various oil manufacturing companies. However,the immigration policies for their country have not been efficient and effective in correcting a number of shortages witnessed in these construction and manufacturing sectors. It seems the immigration sector has become dormant, slow and inflexible.

They have a shortage of trained workers especially in the west region of the country. For instance, there are many unemployed workers within the country who would the gap in the needing jobs if they were well trained. Therefore,in this case adopting new strategies be an improvement in using foreign workers in a temporary basis to backstop the prevalent labor shortages.

The recent announcements by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has a lot in store. He spoke highly of the Australian immigration strategies and model with its tough language considerations. Their market today requires high levels of proficiency in English language in their labor market. This may lead to an increase in the immigrants from English-speaking nations like Britain, United States of America and New Zealand. This is at the cost of immigrants from emerging super-power countries like China, India, Russia and Brazil. We talked to one of the people at Chambers Institute, a college that offers Certificate IV in business in Melbourne, and they said that the changes in immigration policy has a direct impact on their business and other colleges in Australia. The reason being, it’s getting harder to get a temporary visa, and even harder to get permanent visa, making Australia less desirable for students to study there.

The administrative changes like the closure of visa processing offices in Bangladesh, Iran and in other parts of the globe,witnessed a shift in source countries.The media reports have severally indicated that the number of immigrants applying for permanent stay from China,Pakistan,India and the Philippines has fallen drastically over the years as fro 2011.This is due to the changes made in our immigration selection model leading to low outputs and profits in many of our local businesses.

We need to welcome a good number of immigrants each year in order to maintain and keep our standard of living. This will enable us compete and grow sustainably with other countries in the world.

Temporary Residence vs. Permanent Residence in Australia 0

The residence program offered by Australia is designed so that overseas people can come to Australia for purposes that are in the benefit of Australia. Let’s see what the temporary and permanent resident statuses imply.

Temporary residence

There are four main categories that describe the temporary residence program:

  • skill oriented

  • temporary work

  • research and training

  • international relations

In the following, we will detail the visa categories a little:

  • Skilled business entry visas permit employers to recruit people with the skills they are looking for, from overseas. A four year stay will be allowed. The employee will be paid at the local market rate.

  • Temporary work – these visas are made available for those who are taking part in sport and cultural activities, entertainment and for arrangements made for staff exchange.

  • International relations – there are working holiday visas, work and holiday visas, diplomatic visas and temporary work (international relations) visas.

  • Training and research visas permit foreigners to get involved in occupational training and conduct research activities.

While temporary residence can bring you many benefits and open new opportunities for you, it also has its drawbacks. A temporary resident will be allowed to stay in Australia only for up to 4 years. After this period, you must leave the country or obtain a new visa.

For the income that temporary residents earn in Australia, they will be required to pay the associated taxes. They will not be entitled to social welfare or health cover through the national program. There are strict requirements related to character and health that must be satisfied by the applicants. If Australia has RHCA (reciprocal health care agreements) with a certain country, that country’s citizens can benefit of emergency medical coverage in Australia. However, this cover excludes pre-existing health conditions.

Countries that Australia has RHCA with are: Belgium, Finland, Slovenia, Italy, the Netherlands, Malta, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Norway, the UK and New Zealand. It is indicated that travelers check if it is required that they have private health insurance.

Permanent residence

Permanent residence may be more difficult to obtain, but it offers a lot more freedom and benefits:

  • The opportunity to access social security and medical benefits

  • The opportunity to get a Commonwealth-supported place at higher education institutions

  • The ability to sponsor your relatives for permanent visa

  • If your children are born in Australia, they will automatically be Australian citizens

  • You will be able to go to New Zealand without having to apply for a New Zealand visa.

To apply for permanent residence you must have lived for two years in a Specified Regional Area and must have worked. This includes having been self-employed for a year in the same area. Another variant is that of having obtained sponsorship under the Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme. Any permanent visa in Australia can be applied for, although the Skilled-Regional visa, subclass 887, is purposely designed for those who hold a provisional skilled visa and want to make an application for permanent residency.

Both types of residency can be very appealing, but it really depends on your specific situation and goals if you should aim for one or another.

The Us Immigration Policy – A Few Facts and Data 0

Much throughout the history of the U.S., immigration has been a complex demographic phenomenon that became an important factor in population growth and influenced cultural changes. In 2006, the U.S. has given permanent residency to more legal immigrants than all other countries have done, accumulated. In 2008 most immigrants in the U.S. came from Mexico, India, China and the Philippines.

The law regarding immigration in the U.S. is quite complex and can cause a lot of confusions. The immigration policy that is currently in place is governed by INA – the Immigration and Naturalization Act. This body of law provides for a limit of almost 700,000 permanent immigrants per year, exceptions occurring with family members. A separate number of refugee admissions can be determined by the Congress and the President. Throughout history, three principles have guided the acceptance of immigrants to the U.S.: the chance for families to reunite; positive impact on the country’s economy provided by immigrants with relevant skills; refugee protection.

Shortly, here is how the U.S.A. immigration system is conceived:

  1. Family-related immigration

Offering families the chance to reunite is a highly-regarded principle at the base of the immigration policy. U.S.A, citizens and permanent residents are allowed to bring some members of their family to the U.S. Every year, 480,000 visas of this type are made available.

This type of immigrants can be immediate relatives of American citizens or fit in the family preference category. Immediate relatives include spouses, minor children (below the age of 21) and parents of U.S.A. citizens. While there is no numerical limit for visas for immediate relatives, the number is limited under the preference system. This system includes spouses, adult children, sisters and brothers of U.S. citizens, and unmarried children, be they minor or adults, of LPRs.

  1. Employment based immigration

Employment-based immigration can be temporary or permanent. Over twenty kinds of visas have been created for temporary non-immigrant workers and many of them are limited in number. A number of 140,000 visas per year is associated with permanent employment-based immigration.

  1. Asylees and refugees

For those who run from their own countries out of fear of being persecuted or those who cannot return to their home countries because of extraordinary or life-threatening conditions, several categories of legal admission are available.

Refugees will apply while being outside of the U.S.A. The refugee admission ceiling is established each year by the President together with the Congress.

Individuals who are already in the U.S. and who have been persecuted or have reasons to fear persecution upon their return to their homeland may apply for asylum either from within the U.S. or from an entry port.

  1. Other types humanitarian relief

These forms are:

  • temporary protected immigrant status, given to those who cannot return to their countries due to “extraordinary temporary conditions”, “natural disasters” or “ongoing armed conflict”;

  • deferred enforced departure – it protects the applicant from deportation and is needed by individuals who come from unstable countries;

  • the diversity visa lottery, programs through which immigrants can be accepted from countries that have a low number of people having previously been admitted in the U.S.

  1. Citizenship

An individual must have had a green card (LPR status) for at least five years in order to qualify for citizenship in the U.S. If the green card has been obtained through the U.S. citizen spouse legal frame, only three years are necessary for citizenship qualification.