Top Skills That Employers Are Currently Looking for

What are the top skills that employers are currently looking for, and how can newcomer jobseekers keep working on their employment goals during this period of physical distancing and social isolation?

This was the topic of discussion at a successful virtual event that we hosted on October 15, 2020, where our clients had the opportunity to listen to and learn from industry experts and established professionals from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

The following panelists shared not only their expertise but also some very heart-warming personal stories of overcoming barriers and finding their feet in their chosen professions:

  1. Dr. Rouba Fattal, Senior Policy Analyst, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  2. Kirsi Maharaj, Human Resources Manager, Rewind
  3. Marina Byezhanova, Co-Founder of Pronexia and Founder of InfluenceHR
  4. Stephanie Barlow, Director of People and Culture, Iversoft
  5. Yoko Cooper, Human Resources and Business Partner, Invest Ottawa

The panelists also pointed out that it was important to work on building connections, creating meaningful relationships and leveraging technology while job hunting during the pandemic. They offered some great suggestions on how to use LinkedIn and online networking tools during this challenging time when it is impossible to meet people in person for informational interviews or coffee chats.

“It was an invaluable experience to virtually meet and speak with some amazing panelists who gave me very good advice and great perspectives about how I can use my qualifications and work experience to land a job in Canada,” said Yousra Nafie, an internationally trained economist and researcher.

The panelists and participants also discussed the importance of strong verbal and written communications skills. Newcomers were encouraged to focus on their transferable skills while taking pride in, and credit for, all the work they have done in their home countries and outside of Canada.  

“It was an eye-opening discussion and I received some very useful advice about what shape my career should take during COVID-19”, said Andrea Kubota who is seeking opportunities in Finance and Accounting.

We truly appreciate our amazing panelists for taking the time out of their busy schedules to support our newcomer clients. We quite enjoyed meeting, hearing and exchanging ideas with them. And we wish all the participants the best of luck as they work relentlessly to build their lives and careers in Canada.

If you are a newcomer jobseeker looking for employment related programs and services or networking and coaching opportunities, do consider registering as a client by writing to us on



  1. Hello,
    My name is Jhanvi and a newcomer to Ottawa region. I have over 10 years of Canadian work experience in varied fields. Currently I am looking to work in technology /financial sector where I can bring my skills and years of experience. I have just graduated the newcomers course at In-tac, Ottawa.

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