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    By Tukai


    I am a CA ( India). I landed in Feb 2005 from India. It was not a love at first sight for me. The sheer amount of snow on the ground was very unnerving, ( I have seen snow only on the Himalayas) After the initial gestation ( a week) I stared my job hunting. I was somewhat aware of what to expect ( courtsey CD and frriends). I planned not to deplete as far as possible the Indian fund which I brought, hence I took up some ODD jobs in the afternoon shifts( 3 to 11 p.m.). In the morning I used to visit all the Employment agencies and follow ups. Although none even replied or even hinted of anything positive. Only positive thing happened was the ODD jobs kept my fund intact ( almost). In the meantime I passed the G1 ( driver's test). I used to posts at least 30 resumes every day and make around 20 phone calls per day.

    Then the D day arrived in June. I was called for an interview in one of the biggest company and they offered me the job ( a week later). My family joined me in end May.

    My suggestions are :-

    1. Avoid negetive influence / thoughts - There are a plenty
    Some examples which I faced / countered

    - No one passes the G2 & G in one attempt ---- I did and I know others did
    - Many people have returned -- My question is how many times they tried. The old story of Colonel Sanders ( KFC) --- It is said that he tried 1000 homes to sell his first Fried Chicken

    - Our degrees / certificates are not recognized -- it is true but our experiences are recognized ( at least in my field)

    - You need to have SIN to work --It is possible to work from the day one but eventually have to furnish SIN to the employer

    2. Don't be ashamed to do ODD jobs
    3. It is better if we can change our accent
    4. Be extrovert
    5. If possible fight the initial battle alone and then let family joins you
    6. Avoid financial stress

    I always believe there is light at the end of the tunnel


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