How do sponsors assist a sponsored refugee to apply for a job in Ontario?
Sponsors must highlight to the sponsored refugees that their cover letter and resume are very important, as the potential employer will form his first impressions on the basis of these documents. Sponsors must explain that everything matters on the cover letter and resume, including spelling and formatting.
Depending on the job, the employer might ask the sponsored refugee for a portfolio or sample of his or her work. Sponsors can assist the sponsored refugee with compiling this.
Sponsors may wish to assist sponsored refugees with navigating job websites and job classifieds, and explain the that job postings have instructions about how to apply, or include information about the different ways to apply.
Where can Sponsors find Job Skills Training Programs for Sponsored Refugees in Ontario?
Sponsoring groups can find job skills training in many places in their local community for sponsored refugees, including:
- Community organizations;
- School boards;
- Colleges and universities; and,
- Private trainers.
Sponsors must explain to sponsored refugees that they may want or need to get some skills training to help them find work in Ontario. For example, they may need to upgrade their skills to re-certify in their profession or trade, or their may want to learn new computer skills.
Many local community agencies have free workshops on computers, customer service and many other job skills.
What employment services are available to sponsored refugees in my community?
Many communities offer free employment services to help sponsored refugees and newcomers to look for a job, plan their career or start their own business.
Assisted services include workshops and one-on-one counselling on various topics, such as:
- Local labor market information;
- Career planning and career counselling;
- Job search techniques;
- Interview skills and resumes;
- Job matching and placement; and,
- Job retention.
As sponsors, you may need show the sponsored refugees how to register for workshops and set up an appointment with an employment counsellor at a settlement agency.