What's Snapp?

Snapp (Skilled Newcomers and Professionals Partnership) is a pilot program that matches skilled newcomers with local professionals for 1:1 chats to share employment advice.

For newcomers

Are you a skilled newcomer wanting to build your professional network? Looking for job-seeking tips from a local in your industry?

Sign up as a newcomer 

For local professionals

Want to share tips and insights from your employment experience? Join Snapp to chat with a skilled newcomer interested in your field!

Sign up as a local professional →

Important notes:

Snapp is currently offered for individuals interested in working in the tech sector only.

Given the current COVID-19 situation, we require all participants to conduct meet-ups remotely (via video call or phone call).

Snapp is piloted through our partner agencies (see below). Please email snapp@peacegeeks.org if you'd like to participate and haven't been referred by a partner agency.

Snapp is developed by PeaceGeeks with funding from Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada, and is a collaborative program across multiple partner agencies.
Participating partner agencies
  • Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC)
  • Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)
  • DIVERSECity Community Resources Society
  • Options Community Services
  • SUCCESS
  • YWCA Elevate Skills
  • YWCA FOCUS@Work
  • YWCA Tech Connect

How it works

Our goal is for people new to Canada to connect with local professionals, to learn what it's like to work at local companies and gain employment insights.

Note: Snapp is not a recruiting platform. Our participating professionals are here to offer advice, not jobs.
Sign up

Sign up

To find you a relevant match for a 1:1 chat, we'll ask you to tell us about you and your profession.

We match newcomers and professionals based on: shared profession and advice areas. 

Meet your match

Meet your match

Within 7-14 days, we'll send you an email introduction with your match. Next, get on a video or phone call with your match!

This is a chance to talk about the employment advice areas that you identified in the sign-up form.

Give feedback

Give feedback

After the meet-up, tell us about your experience.

You'll also get to share and receive some additional feedback from your match.

Professions

Snapp is currently available for newcomers interested in, and local professionals working in, the following professions in the tech industry:
  • Software development
  • Product management
  • Project management
  • QA (Quality Assurance) and testing
  • Data analysis
  • Systems administration and engineering
  • Cyber security
  • Design (UX/UI)
  • Marketing
  • Customer success
  • Sales and business development
  • Human resources
  • Operations management
We ask that local professionals have minimum 2 years experience in their profession.

Share employment advice

As a newcomer, we ask you to identify the top three areas that you would like advice on. We match you with a local professional based on your desired profession and these advice areas.

As a local professional, we ask you to select which areas you can offer advice on.

The employment advice areas are:
Resume and cover letter
Resume and cover letter
Interview
Interviews
Where to find jobs
Where to find jobs
Recertification
Recertification and foreign credential recognition
Compensation and labour regulations
Compensation and labour regulations
Networking opportunities
Networking opportunities
Courses and resources for upgrading skills
Courses and resources for upgrading skills
Industry and labour market insight
Industry and labour market insight
Canadian business communication and soft skills
Canadian business communication and soft skills
Exploring new career paths in this field
Experiences of successful skilled immigrants
Experiences of successful skilled immigrants

Sign up for a match

The first Snapp pilot runs from May 16 to June 30, 2020. Sign up by June 5 to get a match!

Snapp - Skilled Newcomers and Professionals Partnership

Want to get in touch?
Email us at snapp@peacegeeks.org

Snapp is a 2020 pilot project by PeaceGeeks