Alberto* came to see José at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House because he wanted to become an ESL teacher.

Alberto did not qualify for WorkBC services, but he was eligible instead for Employment Support for Newcomers services.

Alberto needed assistance with elaborating his resume and with job interviews. His resume needed to be better organized, and he needed to find the right wording to convey his skills and experience. He also required confidence in approaching potential employees and facing job interviews.

José helped him develop a professional resume that got him invited to job interviews. He also coached Alberto through a series of practice interviews. As a result, Alberto landed two jobs in the ESL field where he continues working as an ESL instructor.

In Alberto’s words: “The attention I received was excellent. I was really happy with the service and the results paid off for me.¨

The Employment Support for Newcomers program offers settlement and integration services to support the social and economic integration of newcomers who are not eligible to receive immigrant support services under the federally funded program. This program focuses on the needs of temporary residents who are working in B.C. and have the intent to stay, as well as naturalized citizens who are working to be more fully engaged in the labour market.

Program Eligibility

  • Temporary foreign workers
  • Provincial nominees who are not yet approved for permanent residency
  • Post-secondary international students who are eligible to work in Canada
  • Refugee claimants
  • Naturalized citizens

For more information and to book appointments contact:
José Luis Aranda, Job Search Trainer, 604.879.8208 ext 214

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*A pseudonymn.