If you have ever sought job search advice, you are familiar with the popular recommendation to “network, network, network”. Networking for work means strategically reaching out to people with the explicit intention to develop ties that can lead to employment opportunities and referrals. And, if you want to leave the kind of impression that will make someone think of you when job opportunities arise, you have to meet face-to-face.
This can be challenging for newcomers who may not have a network of professional contacts in Canada. Networking events are a great opportunity to meet with people face-to-face; ask questions, get support and guidance and make sure they know that you are looking for a new opportunity.
Luckily for newly arrived job seekers, there are great online tools that can help you find networking opportunities anywhere in Canada.
This website that allows you to search and register for a variety of events all on the same platform. You can search by date, location and specific keywords to find networking events, social activities and even online webinars. Look for events in your industry after your arrival date. Once you find one that interests you, you can register for it on the site.
Tip: Don’t forget to follow the organizers of the events. You’ll get notifications when they host similar event in the future.
This online platform allows people to create groups that meet up for a specific purpose. Browse for groups according to your interests and check out the types of event they host. Once you join a group, you will receive notifications when new meetups are scheduled.
Tip: Download the Meetup app for on-the-go access.
LinkedIn is widely regarded as the go-to place to expand your professional network and apply for jobs. But you can also use the platform to turn your virtual connections into in-person interactions. Approach your connections and ask them for an information interview to learn more about someone’s job, organization, or industry. The meeting does not need to be long; 20 minutes is all you need. Think of it as first step in a long-term process of forging a meaningful connection. It’s simply intended to meet, gather information and develop rapport, with no pressure for employment. Watch our webinar for a how-to guide to information interviews.
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You may think of Facebook as a way to connect with friends and family, but increasingly this social media platform is becoming a great tool for networking. Facebook Groups are one of the best ways to learn about networking events in your field or region. Search for groups by keyword and turn on notifications for the groups and pages that share this kind of information. Also check out Facebook Events – it even has a “networking” category.
Tip: Twitter is also a great job search tool.
In-person networking is one of the most important aspects of job searching but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until you arrive to start preparing for employment in Canada. Our online pre-arrival program Canada InfoNet is an employment acceleration and mentorship program designed for internationally trained individuals relocating to Canada in the next two to 12 months. You’ll learn how to conduct a job search in Canada, participate in online mentoring, learn how to be successful in the Canadian workplace, gain understanding of your industry or sector in Canada. Register for Canada InfoNet and arrive job-ready!
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