You don’t need to network to get a job.
Said nobody ever!
It is no secret that who you know can often be just as important as what you know when it comes to achieving your career goals!
And this statement particularly holds true for newcomers.
As someone who is new to the Canadian job market, it can be challenging to establish oneself and find the right opportunities to advance in one’s career. Being unfamiliar with the local job market, culture, and professional norms and conventions, it is widely accepted that it can get a bit difficult to navigate the system on our own.
But don’t worry!
If you are a newcomer and you are facing this situation, then this is the best time to start Networking!
Understanding that starting a new life in a new country can be exciting yet overwhelming, we’ve created a rundown of all the essential information you need!
What is Networking?
Networking is all about building relationships with other professionals in the field of interest. Meeting people, exchanging knowledge, and creating opportunities for collaboration and support, are all a part of it. By building a professional network, you can learn about job opportunities, gain insight into your industry, and receive support and advice as you navigate your career. In fact, studies have shown that up to 85% of jobs are filled through networking. Building a strong network can give you access to job opportunities that you may not have otherwise known about.
So, where can you find networking opportunities?
The answer is quite simple. There are three ways in which you can network. You can either connect with Service provider associations, Professional associations or Networking platforms. Let’s cover our base on all of these associations.
Service Provider Associations
Service provider organizations provide a variety of services and programmes to assist newcomers in settling in Canada. These organizations provide a safe space for people to interact with others who have had similar experiences and learn about resources that might help them flourish in their new home. Participating in events and activities organized by service provider groups is an excellent opportunity to meet new people, broaden your social circle and gain job opportunities. For example, you can go through the link for service provider organizations by IRCC.
Professional organizations are crucial for networking across different sectors. These groups unite professionals with similar backgrounds or areas of specialization, giving them a chance to network with others in their industry. The members can exchange expertise and ideas, learn from one another, and develop relationships through gatherings, conferences, and online forums. Therefore, one can expect to improve their professional growth, broaden their network, and get exposed to new ideas by joining a professional association. Some examples of HR based professional associations are:
- Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
- Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada (CPHR)
- Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD)
- Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA)
- Association québécoise des professionnels en ressources humaines (AQPRH)
PS..for other professions, you need to do your homework!
Immigrant Networks is the brainchild of one of Canada’s best-known immigrants, Nick Noorani, who is known for his social and entrepreneurial work with newcomers. As a community created by immigrants for immigrants, we provide a supportive environment where newcomers can connect with others in their field, get guidance, build their network and ultimately succeed in their careers in Canada. Our AI technology has matches newcomers with professionals working in their desired fields. As per our survey, 70% of our members who have had more than 5 matched calls were working in their profession. Throughout our experience, we have observed that the below formulae works the best newcomers:
- Learn the language
- Stay positive
- Embrace Canada
- Have a Plan B
- Network, network and network!
- Take risks!
In conclusion, networking is an essential component for building a successful career and life in Canada. As a land of opportunities, there is a lot of valuable opportunities available for you. Seize this opportunity to connect with other professionals and establish yourself. By taking advantage of these networking opportunities, you can not only gain the right exposure but also position yourself the way you want to.
And if you need any assistance, register with us at www.immigrantnetworks.com!
We are always delighted to hear about you and your journey!
Networking to get working! 💪