Leanne’s Background & The Importance of a 3-year Commitment

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As the efforts to attract talent to our country, and specifically to Saskatchewan, continue, I feel privileged to share my learnings and perspective. I have worked with newcomers to Saskatchewan in three capacities, over three decades.

  1. As a Foreign Recruiter with a large transport company, I helped with or managed the support of over 70 families relocating to Canada under the SINP Truck Drivers program in the 1990’s. I worked closely with the SINP team, supported families through their settlement which included things like getting health cards and helping to coordinate the wives to support each other in finding the foods more familiar to them. It was a busy time and I never got to spend enough time with each of them, but I did learn a lot and I’m very thankful to that entire team for the experience I had.
  2. As a Corporate Recruiter for an international agri-food corporation, I received thousands and thousands of applications from newcomers with no Canadian experience. I spent a great deal of time talking to those candidates who appeared to have the experience we needed. I’ve learned about agriculture practices around the world and met some very interesting people. I’ve built a network of very talented people who simply weren’t considered because Canadians in general are uncertain of newcomers and their ability to be successful in Western Canadian agriculture. I’m still in contact with a large number of these people, whether they were hired or not. I have opted to stay in touch and continue to learn from each of them.
  3. Currently as an Independent Recruiter, I’ve been spending a lot of time with newcomer candidates who I’m confident are suitable for opportunities in Canada. I believe our province invited these people to Saskatchewan because there was a lot of growth expected, and when the growth was stalled, there became a huge upturn of people working in roles beneath them. Ambitious and capable people are building teams, and receiving hundreds and hundreds of resumes from newcomers that outline experience at companies that aren’t familiar to them. As such, they are hesitant to hire outsiders whose talent level is unfamiliar. Are they hiring someone they’ll have to handhold and teach from the ground level, or are they hiring someone who will take their job in six months?

I see what has helped and what has harmed when it comes to newcomers finding success in Canada. And one of the biggest challenges that people face is recognizing the importance of finding the right job, in the right place, for the right company.

If you accept a job in a city where
you are unable to financially sustain your family in a safe neighbourhood,
you’re likely going to struggle.

If you accept a job in a town
where the types of foods your family is familiar with aren’t readily available,
you’re likely going to struggle.

If you accept a job in a company
where you will never have the opportunity to grow into the role you desire,
you’re likely going to struggle.

All of these factors and plenty
more will affect a newcomer’s ability to commit to a role for any real amount
of time. With so many newcomers being hired and not working out, hiring
managers across the country are learning that newcomers aren’t always worth the
risk or the effort.

It’s this learning that helped me
to understand the importance of a five-year commitment. Yes, I know the title
says three years, it’s not a typo. A five-year commitment means that the job
seeker has considered all of the factors regarding the job, the location, and
the company… and more! They accept a job with the understanding of all the
things they need to know and with the intent of staying with that company for five
years. And they commit, wholeheartedly, to giving 100% to that company for a
minimum of three years.

The level of confidence that is
required to present yourself adequately for the job you want in Canada includes
the ability to fully commit the next five years to that company. As such, a
proper introduction isn’t going to happen until you’re certain the job they
have is the job you want. My advice is always the same; do your research, talk
to your family, imagine yourself in that job in that location with that company
– visualize it. If you’ve found what you want, you’ll find a way to get an
introduction.

Your loyalty is the greatest gift
you can give the employer who opts to take a chance on a newcomer.

I wish you the best!

*I support job seekers who are legally entitled to work in Canada and who are willing to commit long term to their new employer. I focus on supporting Saskatchewan – people and companies. If you are interested in finding work within Saskatchewan or are looking for quality people to hire in Saskatchewan, please reach out to me at Leanne@sourcingpeople.ca. I’m happy to help where I’m able.

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