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1. Posted by trevor_t (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm a South AFrican guy and have been living in Montreal since end February 2006.

I have not yet had the time to travel around here mostly because I am waiting on confirmation of my sponsorship visa. While waiting for that I am trying to find a job that does not require me to speak French cause I can't and also trying to find a company who is willing to wait a couple of months while the work permit is being processed. It's crazy I know but there it is.

I used to work in accounts but to do that here I would need French so that is not gonna help.

My question is if somebody can give me some advice or tips on this job hunting thing here in Montreal cause then I can make some money and travel this beautiful country or even pop over to New York seeing that it is just around the corner from here.

Thank you very much!!

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Lots of people seem to be able to get work here without speaking a lick of French. Try looking in the West island - the vast majority of English speakers live there. I'd recommend taking a few classes on basic French, though (I think you can find some pretty cheap community classes - the government is big on newcomers learning French). You'll then benefit from more employment opportunities and a deeper, richer understanding of the city and the province.

I don't know where you can work without a visa, but I'm sure you can find something - probably restaurant work or what-have-you. Again, community centres may be able to help you, since they deal with similar questions a lot, I assume. Good luck!

3. Posted by trevor_t (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi tway

Thanks for your reply!

I've heard about the west island being more english than the rest of Montreal. I am trying to find a company who is willing to offer me a job so that I can go ahead and instruct my lawyer to submit my work permit application. It is proving more difficult than I expected but I guess I will just have to search some more!

I am currently volunteering at an English program and if that works out then I think I might try teaching English as a career opportunity.

Thanks again!

ps. If anyone else has anything more to add please do so...!

4. Posted by meboubou (Inactive 7 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey euhm, try this:

Lots of jobs listed and in english too!And for teaching english, great idea, they need A LOT of teachers in primary and hi-school, might want to try on findgin the montreal school board and see if there is any (and there will be) as a replacement teacher... there lacking a lot of teachers latly...
Good luck!!