How to Succeed in Canada – Part One
We have been extremely fortunate to manage a series of one-to-one sessions with Dr Grey V. Trayn, the bestselling author of O Cana Duh: How to Succeed Through Simple Everyday Deceit, Clever Exploits and Unlimited Federal Grants. Dr Trayn is the founder and chairman of Settlement Canada Arrival Management Services (SCAMS) Inc, one of Canada’s largest government funded Certified Settlement Service Provider for newcomers and Immigrants.
CanadaImmigrantBlog: Dr Trayn, what advice would you give to immigrants who have just arrived in Canada and who are actively looking for a job in their respective fields?
Dr Trayn: Create a resume that even NASA will have trouble rejecting. That means lie your ass off.
CanadaImmigrantBlog: What about eventual employer fact checking and credentials?
Dr Trayn: It should not come to that if you’re confident and believe in yourself to excel no matter what the odds are and all that fluff, but most importantly have provided half an inch thick folder of authentic-looking paperwork. If not, that’s where your uncle BubbaGump back in your home country will prove useful. Get him to contact master forgers in your hometown and then employ aggressive palm-greasing techniques at universities and high educational institutions back home for authentic paperwork.
CanadaImmigrantBlog: Give us an example of someone who followed your advice and succeeded.
Dr Trayn: There are numerous success stories which even mainstream immigrant magazines have not covered. Like the highly experienced neuro-surgeon who immigrated to Canada and found a great full time job at Shopper’s Drug Mart near my house.
CanadaImmigrantBlog: What about people who came to Canada with nothing and now own successful multi-billion dollar businesses?
Dr Trayn: Immigrants must not shy away from hunting for fur and trading with local tribes! Using kayaks to transport and deliver their goods, so many newcomers and immigrants have created big conglomerates and continue to provide valuable contributions to their communities, if I remember correctly.
CanadaImmigrantBlog: Tell us about the “Hidden Job Market” which everyone is talking about.
Dr Trayn: Please! Are you suggesting that I hire women of questionable repute for certain sensual favours? I’m surprised and disappointed at your insinuation and would like to point out that Canada is an equal opportunity society.
CanadaImmigrantBlog: No, heavens no! I said “Hidden”, not “Hand.”
Dr Trayn: Oh, OK. Of course it’s hidden! If it weren’t, everyone would be employed. We don’t want that, now do we?
CanadaImmigrantBlog: Fair enough. What about Mentor Programs and Paid Internships that are all the rage these days?
Dr Trayn: Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission recently concluded that you are more likely to win a LottoMax jackpot than getting one of those. But still, you have to buy a ticket to get a chance, right? So sure, go ahead and try your luck.
CanadaImmigrantBlog: Franchising opportunities seem like a perfect fit for immigrants who are very entrepreneurial by nature. What’s been your experience dealing with people getting into this business model?
Dr Trayn: Franchising is a wonderful opportunity for ambitious risk takers from developing countries who are willing to risk their life-savings in a developed country like Canada! I recently recommended franchising to two newcomers who immigrated from Hong Kong and Middle East. Both of them got lucrative franchise opportunities each in Yukon and Nunavut as locations elsewhere are already taken.
The next parts of this conversation series will deal with Dr Trayn’s invaluable insights and tips into various aspects of Canadian life for immigrants, such as medical, dental or eyecare coverage, financial planning, buying a house or car, mortgages, and provincial nominee programs.
If you’d like to ask Dr Grey V. Trayn any question for our next session, you may do so in the comments below. Your comments may be monitored by Dr Trayn for quality assurance and training purposes.
Dr Grey V Trayn is the bestselling author of O Cana Duh: How to Succeed Through Simple Everyday Deceit, Clever Exploits and Unlimited Federal Grants. He is the founder and chairman of Settlement Canada Arrival Management Services (SCAMS), one of Canada’s largest government funded Certified Settlement Service Provider for newcomers and Immigrants.
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First Published: November 9th, 2010