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Working in Canada

My own work experience in customer service jobs, as a French-as-a-second-language teacher and currently as a freelance copywriter, editor and translator, plus tips on work etiquette and workplaces in Canada.

How to Avoid… Employment Scams

I was a French teacher for the federal government for four years. Once day, as I was having lunch in on the Statistic Canada campus, I was approached by two guys. They introduced themselves and...

Way2many Pa$$word$

I work in a cubicle and it’s fairly common to overhear phone conversations. When I first started working there, I would always hear my co-workers begging IT Services for help: “Can you reset my...

What’s For Lunch?

Fear not: I'm not going to turn this blog into a cooking blog. I'm not that domestic. But lately, I've realized that every evening I was facing the same dilemma -- what to take for lunch?

The Office

I have my own office. An office with a door, a desk, a computer, a phone, a whiteboard and drawers. I also have a very cool magnetic pass to get around, one with my picture on it. I have a favorite...

5 Canadian Work Culture Tips (9/10)

The Canadian work culture is, on many aspects, very different from other countries'. So, what Canadian employers value? What are the unspoken rules that help you fit in? Here are 5 tips to help you...

3 Potential Career Challenges (8/10)

Most newcomers to Canada, no matter whether they were chosen for their skills or joined some member of their family, experience some work-related issues at one point or another. Here are the three...

Developing Interview Skills (6/10)

Being called for a job interview is both exciting and scary. Exciting because you are being considered for a position, scary because you may lack confidence. Fortunately, with a little bit of...

Canada’s Hiring Culture (5/10)

Canada's hiring culture is very much North American and can be a bit puzzling at first. It can be summed up in three steps: get the first contact right, be proactive and build your network.

Avoid Job Scams (4/10)

Newcomers to Canada are usually very eager to find a job. Add that to the fact that they may not be familiar with the local job market and that when money is starting to run out people would do...

In The Mood For Change

When I showed up at work to pick up my last pay check, after coming back from South America, most of my co-workers stared at me, slightly bewildered: "You look... different".

Money, Get Away

This is my last week of work at school, and I'm facing what is perhaps my most tricky mission so far. I arrived Monday morning wondering how to deal with the whole situation. How much French could I...

How To Find A Job In Canada (7/10)

As a newcomer in Canada, you will probably need to get a job as soon as you can: settling in a new country is expensive. But going job-hunting can be an intimidating task. Here are a few tips to help...

Call Me (Not), Part II

I swear that’s the last time I fill in for the receptionist. I’m a bloody French teacher. NOT a receptionist. And if the woman can’t even remember if she’s supposed to be in a group or a private...

Call Me (Not)

But she surprised me. Instead of mentioning my laziness (because she clearly remember that when she visited Paris, French were less efficient than Japanese, therefore they were lazy - some kind of...

Teaching 101

I wish John would shut up. But you see, John is so enthusiastic about his French training that he has to mumble vocabulary on his way to class. For now, I'm trying to open the bloody classroom door...

Summer In The City

Summer usually brings the worse students, along with those to busy to take classes the rest of the year and whose only chance is to come to school when the Parliament isn’t in session. I don’t mind...

Morning Glory

Oh crap. It’s 8:50 and my brain is still sleeping. I ought to wake up. I extricate myself from the car, a task harder than usual considering I’m holding a can of Diet Coke and my handbag, slung...