I immigrated to Canada 14 years ago, found a job in project management in 2008 but lost it in 2009 during the recession. I tried to upgrade my education by learning French. Already I had my English level assessed at band 8. But no opportunity came my way. Depressed, I got a security guard license and started working as a concierge at a condo building. My supervisor who had become a friend of mine, decided to move to another city about six months ago. Soon, I felt myself unwelcome by the new management and quit my job. Now at 66, I don’t know what to do. I’m not very outgoing and feel shy to ask for favors from strangers. Is there any advice that you can give?
For starters, in the future rather than quitting, I would strongly encourage you to speak with your superiors if you feel that they are not happy with your job performance so you can improve it, rather than quitting.
Moving to another country and learning a second and then a third language takes an immense amount of courage and intelligence, so I would not short-change yourself. You obviously have a lot of attributes, and should make a list of all the positives that you can offer an employer. Then do searches on the internet for the types of jobs that require those skill sets, and go about trying to contact the hiring managers with the goal of gaining an interview. Most important, I think you need to change your mind-set to think of finding a job not as asking a stranger for a favor. In fact, it is exactly the opposite!
Not everyone is an extrovert and comfortable approaching strangers but when a company has a hiring need and you have the skills they are looking for, you are not in any way asking for a favor but rather offering a solution to their needs.
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