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What is wrong with my resume




As many of the readers / members on this forum would know, Ihave been in Canada for about 3 years, but in jobs only for about 14 months. While I know I have not been agressive in finding jobs, but at the same time, I have tried all methods - HRDC workshops, Skills for change, Job finding clubs, newspapers, internet, networking ( including letting my hair dresser know that I am looking for a job - as advised by HRDC), cold calling, handing out resumes to retail outlets like Canadian Tire, HY& Zel, etc., sending resumes to placement agencies like Accountemps, Robert Half, PTC, Accountants at call etc. etc. etc., I have not got a single interview in all these years except from placement agencies. They have placed me in different temporary jobs and got very good feedback from their clients. Infact, last year, Accountemps gave me a choice of three jobs in two days and I picked up the one which looked more promising.

Having looked at the results of 3 years, and the feedback from those who have interviewed me (HRDC, placement agencies etc.) telling me that I am one of those who shoud be able to get jobs before end of the week, I feel that I AM marketable and have got the ingredients of being successful - positive thinker, good communicator (both oral and written), associating with successful people (both professional and business), good knowledge and experience of my subject, etc. So the only thing which can be wrong - because I do not get calls from actual employers for interview, should be something to do with my (two dozen or over different styles to suit the job requirements) RESUMES.

So here I come to you all CD members - specially the ones who have been successful in getting jobs in their own field - whether in a week or a year - and seek your inputs or advice to \"repair\" / alter / re-engineer/ re-design my resume, and help me get some interviews atleast, where I can demonstrate to the prospective employer my strengths and convince him/her how I can be an asset to him/her.

Do not worry , I will not ask you to read my dozen resumes - just three versions - for junior positions, mid level and senior positions. However, based on my 3 years experience, I am no longer looking for junior positions, because the more I take up those ones, the less marketable I become for a position that I deserve - but I still apply for such positions with a hope to get interview call and learn from actual experience.

Any volunteers? Especilally guys like BL, GG, Jake3D, DP Jain, Viks, RShastry, and ofcourse Sunny_IT, Mishter India and the like, who have been extremely successful in last 6 months?

Chandresh

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Post ID: 25232 13-09-04 08:56:02
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Kap
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Hi Chandreshji,

I am not able to give you advise but my suggestion is that please concentrate ONLY in finding JOB. I know you very well and you have very friendly nature and concentrated on many things at a time.

May i have your resume for suggestions?


For sucess in Canada :-) You are not in IT ! :D

Best regards and Congrates for New House !


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Post ID: 25242 13-09-04 10:29:30
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chandresh
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Hi Kap,

Yes, you are right that I should concentrate only on job. However, the thing is that when I actually started looking for a job (December 2001), the job scenario had changed drastically since I had come to Canada (Aug 2000) and constant efforts of more than a year of searching for jobs did not result in anything. For the first time in my life I felt disheartened by the beginning of 2003 since I could not find even accounting clerk's jobs and finally when I had to accept a 18k/year job (which had a promise though to rise upto 40 k within a year). And that is when I started looking at various options and everyone thought that I was looking at too many things at one time.

However, my 9 months at Pioneer (which included a 7 month contract given to me after I had left the company to pursue some other business, but was recalled) has given me renewed confidence. So I am all set to go out there and get something worthwhile.

I tried sending an e-mail to you with my resume, but it seems to me that I cannot send any attachmentsin e-mail sent via this site. Give a reply to my mail and then I shall attach the resume to my mail.

Chandresh

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Chandresh,

I can certainly have a look too. Please email me a copy.

I must confess though I'm an IT guy so I'm not sure how effectively I can make suggestions on an accounting resume, simply because I'm not familiar with the jargon. I can try though.

And oh yeah, congrats on the new house purchase!


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Post ID: 25264 13-09-04 13:24:14
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rshastry
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Dear Chandresh,

Having read a lot of your posts on this forum, I have not doubt you are a very smart, capable, marketable and resoureful person and success for you is just round the corner.

I'd be glad to provide another pair of eyes to go over your resume.I'm an IT guy but my brother is an accounting geek and maybe I can run it by him as well.

Good Luck.


 
Post ID: 25312 13-09-04 20:25:24
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Manasvi
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Chandresh ,

We have all been following and gaining from ur posts .

I recall u d mentioned that u were pink slipped upon blurting 2 ur CMA boss ur CA status . Why do I have this feeling that u r nearing the top of the pyramid for suited jobs matching ur profile . I mean wud any1 b ready 2 hire a CA having 15 years of International expereince for an Accountant Clerk s position ?

The positions matching ur profile may be very few , hence the delay . And then there is the luck factor also . I wud also like 2 c ur CV please.

Regards,
Manasvi .


 
Post ID: 25339 14-09-04 03:25:32
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chandresh
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BL and KAP

Have sent you my resume - BL to you it is on your cdesi mail address.

Rshastry and Manasvi,

Have sent you a mail to reply so that i get your address. I am unable to attach a word document in the CD mail.

(or BL and GG, is it possible to include attachments to email sent via CD site?)

Waiting for your responses and from other persons too.

Chandresh

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Post ID: 25360 14-09-04 08:30:12
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Vadasambar
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Dear chandresh and others,

I am in accounting and have been able to successfully land in an accounting job in a month. In the last three and a half years I have been here, I changed job three times and currently I am in the fourth company. Note that I never worked as temp, always got hired by the company (of course, through employment agencies). I started off with 33K and am getting 60+right now.

The factors worked in my favour(I guess) are:-

Attitude : I am an Indian CA (well..I was a CA rank holder)too,but, I dont believe that being an Indian CA means someone who knows everything about accounting. I always thought that there are still things that I need to learn and improve upon. I concentrated more on to the business side and tried applying that knowledge into accounting/finance, rather than being a pure technical accountant (which a normal Indian CA is).
Age: I was 29 when I first landed in Canada and that helped a lot.
Specialization : My experience was very focused . One of the differences that I noticed in Canada is that the accounting is a lot about specialization in Canada. I am a kind of a specialist in Cost accounting. This definitely helped me a lot in Canada.

I chose to do CMA as I came to Canada. One of the major reasons for that is the fact that most of the Indian degrees dont teach you stuff like getting into work as a group, making presentations, doing group works etc and I thought doing CMA will definitely help in improving my communication and presentation skills and it did help me a lot in making myself presentable to potential employers. And with CMA merging with CA, I will be becoming a CA instead of CMA in a couple of months.

I dont know whether these point help anyone. But some thought which came into my mind while reading this post. My advice to anyone would be start with a clean canvass and choose your colors carefully

Thanks for reading this

Vada Sambar



 
Post ID: 25380 14-09-04 11:59:40
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sunny_IT
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Hey Chandresh...

As you can se am an IT Guy......still if u think i can be of any help to you, please send me ur resume.
Atleast i can tell you whether its impressive .....

and dont worry dear.... the whole canada (desi.com) is with you. I am sure u will get a decent job soon...

waiting for your resume,
take care
Sunny


 
Post ID: 25382 14-09-04 12:28:38
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chandresh
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Orginally posted by Vadasambar


I dont know whether these point help anyone. But some thought which came into my mind while reading this post. My advice to anyone would be start with a clean canvass and choose your colors carefully

Thanks for reading this

Vada Sambar




Thanks for your contribution Vadasambar (the dish I like most in south indian food!), and I fully agree with what you say.

And yes, whatever you have done does help in getting the right break in Canada. I tried to do the same last year by first passing my CPA in one go (which I never believed I could - sitting in an exam after 20 years!) hoping to be able to do CGA based on exemptions - but as luck would have it, CGA changed the rules before the results were out.

Young age - that definitely helps. I have some friends who are between 30 and 35 and they have good jobs in Canada - while I have few friends above 40, who with all their qualifications (CA, CGA, CPA, CS etc.) are either struggling to keep their 40-50k jobs, or have been retrenched a few times.

I myself have been to various employment agencies, and though they appreciate my knowledge, experience and confidence, they also know that I am above 45, and believe it or not, in today's world (not only in Canada but in most places, including India), getting into a new thing at that age is, if not impossible, extremely difficult. No, the agency does not tell that to you on face, but with 20 years of professional experience, one can understand their body language. They earn their bread and butter out of their corporate clients (in today's scenario - which might or might not change in a few years), and it is very difficult for them to push an \"old guy\" with lots of international experience but no Canadian experience. And here, the canadian experience does not mean experience in accounting and finance, but something that relates to soft skills, interest in hockey/bars, style of working, etc. - things which the employers would feel aged people like me will find difficult to change/adopt.

And when you have a family to support, with teenage children, and a wife who never worked before coming to canada (but fortunately, today my wife is a professional teacher), to be able to start with a new canvass is extremely difficult, both financially, but also from your own physical and mental sharpness point of view.

But as I agreed with you earlier - one has to change attitude when one changes a country, and adapt to the new requirements, rather than expecting the new environment to adapt to one's abilities. AND CONSTANTLY UPGRADE!

Chandresh

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