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Do you think I am cruel or cold-blooded? Yes and No. I was born in a small poor village so I have been fighting for my survival. I have only 1 year and 7 months of professional programming experiences, but I can say I have understood the game rule for a programmer. As I tried to enter the field, nobody would like to give a job because I have a good potential, becasue I am smart or not stupid, because I have a Ph. D., because I need money to support my family, because I need a job to keep my legal immigration status.... As I was pissed off, who cared for me?
One thing I need to explain to you. I am not in Canada now, but in Virginia, USA. I don't feel gulity in turning down those two candidates.
For that Chinese candidate, I feel very disappointed because it is I who decided to walk him in--- I lost my face. I don't face the thorny issue your mentioned---facing a lot of immigration candidates as in Toronto.
Everyday, some people are losing their jobs in my area. Whenever people talk about this, my response is "Does this guy have a green card?". If people told me that some H1-B holder lost their jobs, I feel very bad. If it is those American citizens or green card holders, I always tell myself: "Don't worry about them, they have made enough money!".
Why do I show my sympathy on H1-B holdes? Because they are unprotected in the USA and I am one of them.
If you think I am arragant in posting these things, it is kind of misunderstanding. I know who I am and I am a defensive driver.
In your words, I am not killing some rabbitts----both candidates are not desperate new immigrants in Canada or in USA. Actually, I intended to push that PH. D holder ... That 20-years-of-experience guy is obviously overqualified for our position and I was very humble in questioning such
a veteran... Put it in another way, if I posted such stories about two new immigrants in Canada, I should be counted as cold-blooded and should be damned. Indeed, if I turned two new immigrants in Toronto, I did not think I have courage to post the story unless I get crazy. Hope you think this is an acceptable explanation. In other words, even we don't like those two candidates, they definitely will get offers from somewhere else. They are not rabbitts...:-) :-)
Actually, I have been trying to help people. I am still associated with a consulting company. Just two weeks ago, we welcomed two new colleagues from China. One of my tasks in the evening is to help them to prepare for job interviews. (Because of the poor market, we haven't secured a single interview for them.) I bombed them using English questions and teach them how to defend themselves. On Monday, one of colleagues lost his job . I myself lost my in April and stayed at home for 3 weeks (I published this in this forum). During that three weeks, I had only one interview and it is one of my students who secured it for me! She helped me simply because I have been helping her. Without her help, maybe I am still jobless. I know many new immigrants in Canada are struggling for jobs ---- I hope my examples can give some hints... Although I cannot sign the offer letter, but I do have opportunites to see how a job offer is made. There are a lot of misunderstandings among job hunters from China... For instance, my co-worker told me the following story: One of her friends in church asked her for our boss's phone. This guy is a Ph. D. in Computer Science. Of course, he is good and he is confident. He wants to get our boss's phone number and call directly to inquire how much salary we can afford....
I appreciate your frankness.
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