There are a number of potentially great construction
management candidates out there who are sometimes overlooked by companies
looking to hire a missing piece of their staff. These professionals have the
experience, the skills and the maturity to make excellent candidates for a wide
variety of positions. The reason they can be overlooked is due to lacking in-depth
knowledge of the Canadian construction landscape and how to get in front of
potential employers to build their

There’s a movement happening in the industry to increase the
exposure of these professionals to potential employers and to help them
understand how to seek out jobs and to effectively interact with key decision
makers. The Engineering Skills Enhancement (ESE) Bridging Program at Humber College is
directed at internationally-trained professionals who are newcomers to Canada,
have academic credentials and some experience in Architecture, Civil,
Electrical, or Mechanical engineering. The 15 week program runs three times per
year on evenings and weekends with class sizes of approximately 35 students.

Humber’s (ESE) Program
Introduces Candidates with Potential to Canadian Construction Landscape

So, it was with great enthusiasm that I accepted the
opportunity to be a speaker at an event sponsored by the Program which brought
together industry experts from construction companies and students for some
tips for employment, a question and answer period and even some on-the-spot job
interviews. The companies involved were some of the best in Canada and
included: AECON, Athena Automation, RV Anderson, Black & McDonald, Ledcor,
Kearns Mancini, Turner Fleisher, Maple Reinders, GVA Lighting, Hatch, Vision Group,
Quadrangle Architects and Harbinger Network Inc.

While discussing employment options,
how to find them and how to apply, something was evident as I delivered my
message and answered questions; there was a concern among many students that
they were sending their resumes all over and weren’t getting any responses.
Many assumed that since English wasn’t their first language and they didn’t
have local experience, that was the reason they were not getting responses. I
explained that was not often the case and perhaps they could be unaware they
were doing things that were negatively impacting their chances. I asked them to
consider factors that could be leading to their lack of success. Were they
applying to the right jobs? Perhaps job titles and descriptions were not the
same as in their home countries. Did they appear desperate to a potential
employer by applying to any and every job? I encouraged them to be more selective
by only looking at jobs that were a good potential fit for their skills,
personality and experience. Were they applying to companies that received
hundreds or thousands of resumes and couldn’t respond to everyone?

What’s encouraging is that Humber College’s Bridging Program
and other similar ones have identified potential roadblocks to construction
professionals new to Canada and are taking steps with industry partners to try
and eliminate them. Whether you’re a construction professional looking to enter
the Canadian market or a company looking to tap an underutilized source of
talent, contact your local Construction Management school and explore the