Thu., Jun. 04 | Webinar

How to Navigate the Hidden Job Market

With COVID-19, many companies are experiencing hiring freeze and pause most of their job postings! We are here to help you NAVIGATE THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET. Are you an international student & newcomer who is looking to land a job during quarantine?
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How to Navigate the Hidden Job Market

Time & Location

Jun. 04, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

About the Event

With COVID-19, many companies are experiencing hiring freeze and pause most of their job postings! We are here to help you NAVIGATE THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET.

  • Are you an international student & newcomer who is looking to land a job during quarantine?
  • Do you feel tempted to put your job search on hold because of the pandemic?

There are ways to secure a job during this difficult time by navigating the hidden job market and creating an opportunity for yourself!

Empower International Students proudly presents to you an insightful webinar designed for international students & newcomers & recent graduates who are job searching.

During this webinar, you will get;

  • Insights into how to get hired without a job posting and tips/tricks on how you can create an opportunity for yourself!
  • Learn how to navigate the hidden job market from both job seeker and recruiter perspective!
  • Network and learn directly from our talented panelists with international student experiences.

Get your questions answered and get ready for your next chapter! FIGHT UNFAIRLY. :)

*Zoom link will be sent to you before the webinar.

Meet our Speakers Hurriya Burney, VP Commercial Financial Services at RBC


Hurriya is Vice President, Commercial Banking at RBC. In her role, she leads a team of 14 Commercial Account Managers that advise and support the growth of business banking clients. Hurriya has 15 years of experience in Commercial Banking in progressively senior roles. She holds an MBA in Finance from the University of British Columbia, which she joined as an international student in 2009.

Hurriya has served on numerous boards and councils in her local community. She has delivered keynotes and panel presentations with organizations such as the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, Veza Community, RBC, Ascend, and the Women in Tech Regatta. She mentors with Groundswell, an alternative social entrepreneurship school for women and minorities and sits on the committee of Nominations Club, a team of Vancouver-based leaders that champion local female entrepreneurs and leaders. Hurriya also sits on the board of Vancouver Writers Fest. She has been nominated as a Veza Community Leader to Watch and has been featured in a podcast for Young Bosses Canada. Her story as a Canadian immigrant leader has been featured in Drishti Magazine.

Alison Fleischauer, Recruitment Manager


Alison Fleischauer is a Recruitment Manager with a proven track record of helping companies meet the demands of their growing businesses.

With 15+ years of experience in Employment Services, she’s gained deep insight into one of the most critical actions in which companies partake: hiring.

From her early experience as a Director at Berlitz Language Centre, a Vancouver-based international language institute, she gained first-hand experience of the pains of finding and frustrations in hiring the right people within a service-based industry. This experience, combined with her background in Psychology grew into a passion for the psychology of work, and specifically, the processes of hiring and getting hired.

As a Career Advisor at the Art Institute of Vancouver and related work, she gained insight into the candidate’s experience and decision-making processes as she prepared and supported youth in launching their professional careers.

Having experienced hiring from a manager and candidate’s perspective, she then took on the challenge of recruitment.

She joined a traditional firm, where she learned the ins-and-outs of 3rd party, specialized recruitment. While the work thrilled her, the methods and focus were on meeting our own needs (and numbers), not our on clients or candidates.

In 2017 she then joined BackStretch Recruitment, a boutique firm where she does the work that she loves, in a way that is mutually respectful and incredibly fulfilling. She has exceeded expectations, having placed 100+ candidates with clients from the Technology, Construction and Real Estate, Education, Manufacturing, Management and Business Services industries, within C-Suite, Sales, Finance/Accounting, Operations and various front-line roles.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 5 children, trying out recipes from around the world, studying business, psychology and management, travelling and meditating (see: 5 children).

Ali Najaf, Human Resources at Kiewit


Ali Najaf is currently working as an HR Coordinator with Kiewit and was previously with ICBC. Ali is a graduate from Beedie School of Business and during his education, he has completed three co-op terms and has volunteered more than 2,900 hours with 30+ organizations in Canada and Pakistan. Ali likes to assist others to overcome the challenges that they face. His motto is, “Life is not measured by the number of days you live, but the number of lives you inspire, so be someone’s inspiration.”

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