New Approaches to Job Search Yield Positive Results

Betty has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and worked in logistics for the Transportation Authority of Shenyang in China for 12 years. Her expertise is mostly in support office network, solving applications problems, sorting information about transportation, preparing analysis reports for the department manager, administering computer network. She developed a unique blend of skills in computer applications and business administration in transportation field.

Betty arrived to Canada in June 2005 and initially focused on upgrading her English skills. In 2007 she secured employment as Purchasing and Shipping Clerk at the Way of World Travel and Cruises firm. This job was mostly data entry and customer service oriented that navigated her interest toward the Douglas College Customer Service training course that she finished in 2007.

However she felt that this was not her field and still explored her options in the transportation industry. To build on her existing computer skills she applied for Certified Software Tester (CSTE) certification through Software Certifications based in Toronto and passed her exam in December 2007. She also enhanced her skills by taking BCIT Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association Certification.

In April 2008 she was able to secure a job as a Freight Cashier/Data Entry with China Shipping Agency, but realized that lack of Canadian experience in her field and lack of Canadian education are holding her from progressing to the job more suitable to her skills set. Eventually she decided to invest into her future and take any available International Trade Programs.

While she was taking English courses at Mosaic she learned about the Skills Connect (previously ArriveBC) program and in summer 2008 she attended our info session. She joined the program in June, 2008. Her resume and cover letter were immediately revised to more reflect her skills in transportation and to focus on her excellent computer skills as well.

She did not give up on her future career plans. Together with her employment counsellor she created her career action plan and diligently followed the steps. She enrolled into the BCIT International Trade and Transportation Logistics and started her studies in September 2008.

New approach to the job search and new job search tools, interview preparation and following up on her job applications paid off. In April 2009 Betty successfully secured a new job as Pricing Coordinator with Schenker of Canada Company based in Vancouver. This company specializes on integrated logistics services, offering land operations, air and ocean freight as well as comprehensive logistics solutions and global supply chain management. At her current job Betty is utilizing her computer skills and strong knowledge in logistics, international trade and import/export processes.

She passed her probation and continues successful employment within her skills set.