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🇨🇦 Canada’s economy grew faster than anticipated! Statistics Canada reported a tiny, yet mighty 0.6% growth in GDP in January. This is the fastest growth since last year with most of the growth accounting for the growth in education services. Probably, because January is a start for many university and college programs, after all, Canada is expected to issue 360,000 study permits this year! (StatsCan)

👩🏻‍🎓 Speaking of international students - Canada has reduced the number of study permits to be issued in 2024 by 35%. This comes in the midst of tightening financial requirements for students, reducing the allowed hours to work to 20 hr/w and changes to PGWP eligibility (Arrive)

😳 Some experts worry that the cap on international students will, in fact, create a ripple effect, with more layoffs affecting the education services - which ironically has just experienced a hiring lift (CBC)

💰 Want to know how much government employees are making? Ontario released the “Sunshine List” - a rank of the public employees who are making the biggest annual salary. An Executive of Ontario Power Generation Ken Hartwick tops the list with $1.9M in annual compensation.(Sunshine List)

🎩 Career Tips

The best of us don’t even need to build a resume, and our reputation speaks for ourselves. However, as a newcomer to Canada, you have to build that reputation and network from scratch.

Crafting a compelling Elevator Pitch is critical to communicating who you are and your value to the employer and your network.

How to Craft an Elevator Pitch:

  1. Start with Impact: Begin your pitch with a compelling statement that grabs attention and conveys your unique value proposition immediately. For example, "I help small businesses transform their digital marketing strategy with minimal budgets."

  2. Keep it Concise: Aim for a pitch that can be delivered in 30 seconds or less. Focus on the most crucial aspects of who you are, what you do, and why it matters.

  3. Tell a Story: Incorporate a brief anecdote or story that illustrates your expertise or passion. Everyone loves a bit of humour and it helps create a memorable connection with your audience.

  4. Highlight Results: Emphasize tangible results or achievements to showcase your capabilities. For instance, "I launched a new product in just 3 months by helping the team leverage AI"

  5. Use Power Words: Use strong and impactful words that convey confidence and enthusiasm. Avoid jargon and focus on language that resonates with your audience.

  6. Know Your Audience: Tailor your pitch to the specific needs and interests of your listener. Research their background and objectives to customize your message effectively.

  7. Practice and Refine: Practice your elevator pitch regularly to ensure it flows smoothly and naturally. Solicit feedback from peers or mentors to refine and improve your delivery.

  8. Be Authentic: Infuse your personality into the pitch to make it genuine and memorable. Authenticity builds trust and credibility with your audience.

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💼 Job Highlights

Neo Financial is Canada’s leading fully digital online bank based in Calgary, AB. It has 30+ jobs openings across sales, customer support, development and finance.

If you eventually want to make as much as Ken Hartwick, Ontario Power Generation currently has 20 job openings across engineering, finance, health and customer service.

Arrow Transportation Systems, named one of Vancouver’s best employers, is hiring for Truck Drivers, Mechanics and Transportation Specialists.

Want to know what are the trending jobs in Canada? Check out our latest video on top 10 trending jobs in Canada and what you need to qualify. Watch

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