Dispelling The Myths

Anything holding your company back from leveraging international talent?   Click on the links below to dispel some common myths:

Interested in more information?  Immploy is available for consultations and presentations at regional companies and professional associations.  We are here to help you get the conversation started (and keep the conversation going) with company colleagues, hiring managers and business contacts.  Contact us today.


Myth:   

I do not have the time or the financial resources to recruit international talent, particularly as a small business owner.

Reality:

Tools and resources are available to help you recruit newcomer talent - right here in Southwestern Ontario. 

Much media attention is focused on delays in processing and other hurdles that employers can sometimes face when recruiting from abroad.  The truth is that qualified immigrant talent is ready and available to work right here in Southwestern Ontario.  Newcomers to Canada that already have legal status, work authorization and professional experience comprise 20% of our regional population.  Consider sharing your job opportunity with Immploy Job Match to Source Locally and Hire Globally.

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Myth:  

Immigrants do not have the language skills necessary to succeed in our company.

Reality:

Immigrants possess the language skills to help your company succeed in business.

Many skilled immigrants come to Canada with a high level of fluency in at least one official language.   Companies recruiting through community-based agencies, such as WIL Employment Connections, or Immploy Job Match also have the added assurance that candidates are pre-screened for language skills before being marketed for an employment opportunity.

Keep in mind that sometimes an accent may be perceived as a language barrier when in fact the candidate has the skills essential to effectively communicate in your company and with your customers/clients.  

There is also an often overlooked benefit to having a multi-lingual workforce. The ability to communicate in more than language can help your business build relationships in new global and emerging ethno-cultural markets.

For those newcomers that are in need of language upgrading, many organizations in the region are now offering enhanced or occupation-specific language training.  The Thames Valley District School Board can even partner with your company in offering advanced business language training at your worksite.

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Myth:

My company cannot evaluate foreign credentials. 

Reality:

Over 50% of recent immigrants have a university degree - twice the proportion of the Canadian born population (22%).  

Credential evaluation services reassure you of the authenticity of the credentials and translate the credentials/grades to their Canadian equivalencies.  The three main credential evaluation services in Ontario include World Education Services ("WES"), Comparative Education Services ("CES") and International Credential Assessment Service ("ICAS"). Many internationally trained candidates have their credentials evaluated before seeking a position with your company. Some employers are now using the career section of their websites to refer interested candidates to services such as WES before they seek a position with their institution. If you need help facilitating document evaluation for candidates, new recruits or existing employees, the Access Centre for Regulated Employment is here to help.

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Myth:

Individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds will be unable to adapt to the Canadian business environment.

Reality:

Gaining an international perspective on your work enhances your corporate culture.

Immigrants bring a range of new perspectives and innovative approaches that can improve your workplace culture and strengthen existing business practices.  Internationally trained individuals are eager to learn more about and embrace your company's corporate culture.  You will find that many candidates have taken community-based training on common practices and expectations in the Canadian business environment.  As an employer, there are many steps that you can also take to develop an inclusive workplace.  Supporting Immploy Mentorship programs is a great first step towards boosting your organizational readiness.  Get employees involved as mentors or host a group mentorship session.

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Myth:

International student graduates are ineligible to work.

Reality:

Your company can recruit international student graduates.

International student graduates from participating Canadian post-secondary institutions may now obtain open post-graduation work permits without restrictions on the type of employment or a pending job offer for up to a maximum of 3 years, depending on on the length of their degree program. The experience your company provides these graduates today will open up paths to permanent residency for these individuals - helping your company and our region retain this talented workforce.  Contact Western University, Fanshawe College or the International Student office of your local academic institution for more information.

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