Canadian Job Seekers: Get Ready for Some Stiff Competition
Globalization isn’t just about capital flows and free trade. Just as local manufacturers have to compete against the technological and productivity edge of countries like the U.S., Japan or China, job seekers around the globe are increasingly finding themselves pitted against applicants from overseas.
Granted, the Canadian job market isn’t likely to get tight any time soon. But that’s also what makes it so attractive to people from Third World countries. In fact, during the 90s immigrants represented 70 per cent of the total growth in the Canadian labour force, a figure that will only increase, given the demographic realities of Canada. So the odds that the next person you compete for a job with will be, say, Argentinean are pretty high.
This might not sound too threatening. After all, Argentina is a country that, soccer tournaments aside, usually gets headlines with words like “IMF auditors,” “rising starvation” or “weakened government.” It doesn’t seem a likely source of competitors for job positions, especially the high-paying ones requiring specialized knowledge and lots of training. Yet there is more to the country than what can be told in a 30-second- spot on the TV news.