Volunteer at the Yukon Arts Centre, Lilian Strauss from Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon on Vimeo.
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"My name is Anne. I arrived Whitehorse on Aug 14, 2014. After I settled down and registered my son at Vanier Secondary School, I started searching for a job.
But it was really hard to find a financial related job. Although I had been an accountant in China for over 15 years, I could not find an accounting job right away in Whitehorse.
I had been sending hundreds of resumes out to different companies and organizations for several months, applying for positions that related to accounting.
As I had no Canadian work experience and no professional certificate from Canada, 98% of my resumes did not receive a response.
Fortunately, I took an Enhanced Language Training Course at Yukon College in Sept. 2014. Through this course, I completed a seven-week volunteer training session as a bookkeeper with Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon from Oct to Nov 2014.
I learned a lot at VBY and got my first, and very important, reference from VBY's Executive Director [Volunteer Experience Recognition Program certificate]. As a new immigrant this experience helped me a lot with my job search.
After I finished my volunteer session with VBY, I added this local experience to my resume. And then I started getting more responses from employers. I used what I had learned during my volunteering in interviews and written tests.
Now I am working as a full-time term finance assistant with Yukon Government and a part-time cashier at Superstore. I have also applied for some accounting positions as well, as I hope to be working in an accounting position, very soon.
The experience of volunteering built up my confidence and knowledge about Canadian accounting, I treasure this opportunity very much. Thank you, Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon!"