Is Recruitment Really A Global Marketplace?

This post is written to address the issue of Job Seekers, wishing to migrate overseas, in search of better opportunities.

Like many in my business, I receive many messages each day from people asking me to assist them in finding work so that they can move to a new country. Currently, Canada is a desirable place to head to, and many, many people are trying. I know, I was once one of them.

Unfortunately, in this day and age of global heightened security and border control, migration without valid documents or without a sponsored corporate work permit is pretty much impossible. It seems like a never-ending cycle. If you don’t have a job offer, you will not get a visa. If you don’t have a visa, you will not get a job offer. That is true in a lot of cases, but not all.

You see Canada needs a robust immigration policy to support growth. Not all of the newly created jobs each year can be filled by Canadian residents, so without immigrants from all over the globe, growth stalls. That can’t happen. A certain level of growth has to be maintained.

Here is the kicker. Not one recruiter that I know can help anyone get a work visa!

If you don’t at least have an ongoing visa application, you are going to get very little help from an agency recruiter. You see, they are wasting their time to put you forward for a position that you are not legally able to fill.

It’s not what their client wants, and it will not help them to make any commission. In fact, it may even damage their relationship with a client, and will actually cost them money!

So, when you ask for a recruiter help to find work from overseas, perhaps you will understand why your request falls on deaf ears?

  • You do not meet the legal requirements for an offer of work to be made.
  • You are not available in a reasonable amount of time (2-3 weeks in most cases), because you don’t have a visa.
  • You are a massive risk to any employer, even if they will help you with a visa application because no one can tell how well you, your wife and your children (assuming you have them) are going to fit in!

So you see, it’s not that I won’t help. I will. I will ask you if you have a work visa for the country that you wish to go to. Then I will advise you accordingly assuming my schedule allows me to. The real fact is, I can’t help. It doesn’t matter how many times you ask, or tell me that you are willing to ‘do anything’ I am not legally empowered to help you get a work visa.

All of that being said, thousands of new immigrants make it to Canada every year, and many of those are very happy to be here. They are happy to enjoy the benefits of such a great country, and they grow and prosper. So, continue to apply for overseas jobs. If a company really wants your abilities, it will sponsor a work visa, in order to enable you to relocate. But you should also do some really solid research. You should know if you even stand a chance of getting approved, even with a job offer. Basically, have the answers. Help any prospective employer to help you. You see, most employers don’t even know what is involved in sponsoring a potential immigrant. That is why they don’t even consider doing it.

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