Soft skills are vital to connecting newcomers' skills and qualifications to the job opportunities in Canada.

Soft Skills Training for Newcomers & Internationally Trained Professionals


Employers are looking for soft skills! 

A recent study reveals that 7 of the top 10 skills employers want in college graduates are soft skills. According to LinkedIn hiring managers are having trouble finding employees with the right soft skills for 59% of their open jobs.

Without a clear understanding of soft skills in the Canadian workplace and how candidates are actually being evaluated in the job seeking process, newcomers are unlikely to connect their technical skills and qualifications with real job opportunities.  As a result, many Internationally trained professionals (ITPs) never see their full career-potential maximized. 

This dynamic and engaging session provides newcomers and ITPs an essential understanding of what specific soft skills are needed to make the best possible impression, and maximize their potential for financial success in Canada.  

The 3-hour interactive workshop covers: 

  • Soft skills, what they are beyond interaction;
  • What soft skills employers are looking for;
  • The 12 most vital soft skills, and which ones are most urgent for advancing your career;
  • Soft skills across cultural differences; 
  • Using soft skills to build and market your personal brand;
  • How much adapting are newcomers expected to make;
  • Why people fail interviews for jobs they are qualified for:
    • How to avoid the most common mistakes;
    • How to prepare for optimal success;
  • How to make the strongest positive impression at the job interview:
    • Giving the perfect Canadian hand-shake;
    • Making eye-contact; and
    • Conveying a sense of humour;
  • Presentation skills and why they are the most important soft skill for career advancement;
  • What is "small talk", how to do it, why it is the key to networking;
  • Having the "right attitude", and mastering the mental toughness of positivity; and 
  • Answers to the most pressing questions about how to secure meaningful work and reaching your career aspirations .


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Vital soft skills training is available through DIVERSEcity Employment Centre in Surrey, BC.  


Registration and Fees

Upcoming Dates and Times

Surrey, BC

Session 1:
Wednesday April 5, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Surrey Central Library
10350 University Dr, Surrey BC

Session 2:
Saturday September 23, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
DIVERSEcity Community Campus

Session 3: 
Saturday November 18, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kwantlen Polytechnical University Cloverdale


$125 CAD


For more information or early-bird registration, please contact DIVERSEcity Employment Centre
Phone: (604) 547-2010





According to research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology, 85% of financial success is the product of one's personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead, and only 15% is due to technical knowledge.

When employers say they're looking for Canadian experience, they are often looking for evidence that a candidate has the ability to communicate, negotiate and lead effectively and appropriately in an Canadian context, which is entirely cultural-specific, and all about soft skills. 

From eye contact to being able to deliver a presentation, the capacity to convey one's personality, credibility and likability is the fundamental goal of soft skills.


Alden E. Habacon is one of Canada's most dynamic and sough-after intercultural presenters and trainers, and has been working in the area of immigrant and newcomer advancement for 12 years. He currently sits on the Board of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., one of Canada's largest immigrant-settlement agencies, and is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Award for his work in multiculturalism and his personal passion for helping newcomers reach their full career potential in Canada. 

Read for Yourself

The 10 Skills Employers Most Want In 2015 Graduates (Forbes)

The 10 Most In-Demand Soft Skills

The Soft-Skills Gap You Haven’t Heard Of (Fast Company)

10 Soft Skills Every Young Professional Must Master