Kristine Gonzalez was a CIIP participant in the Philippines in January 2016 and landed in Mississauga, Ontario in July 2016.
CIIP taught me the importance of highlighting my transferrable skills. This allowed me to get a job that wasn’t quite in my line of work but served as a stepping stone to finding a job in my field. CIIP also helped me get accustomed to drafting Canadian-style resumes before I landed. This meant that I could focus my time on job applications and networking.
It was through my network that I got my first job in Canada. A friend worked at Maple Ridge Community Management and submitted my resume for me. That really helped, as I was able to secure a job at Maple Ridge as a Customer Service Representative in less than two months of arrival. Two months later, I was promoted to Media Coordinator, which is an occupation more in my field of Public Relations and Communications.
CIIP also connected me with an employment counsellor and mentor. This helped me become more aware of what the workplace is like in Canada. My mentor also connected me to people who gave me settlement and employment advice.