By Christine Yang,
Project Coordinator of the Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program
Though April may seem far away it’s never too early to start setting yourself up for a post-grad career or summer internship.
In fact, if you’re looking for a job in Halifax the time to start is NOW.
As a new graduate your ideal job may never appear on job search websites.
Because people often find the right candidate for the job through referrals or their own networks.
How can you get involved in this referral system?
Networking is as simple as getting out there and introducing yourself to others in the business community.
Introducing yourself to strangers in professional settings can be challenging, but it pays off in the long run.
Why build your professional network?
- It can help you get a better sense of the industry you’d like to join and what job prospects are out there
- It can help you develop as a person and build on your interpersonal skills
- Can lead to friendships and strong contacts your career growth
Feeling a little nervous about networking? That’s okay, even the top CEOs were once where you are now. We all start somewhere.
Here are some tips for getting started on building your network:
1) Get informed about local industry and community events happening near you
Take a scan of local event sites and local industry associations like the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and the Halifax Partnership website to see what industry events are happening near you. Also check out and follow on social media local networking groups like Fusion Halifax, Sip.Chat.Connect or Third Wednesdays to see what events are coming up that you can attend.
2) Take a friend
Going with a friend or colleague is a great way to network, have some moral support and make connections.
Volunteering is another great way to build your professional network. It’s a chance to get involved and give back to your community, but you also get to meet lots of new people by doing so.
4) Set a goal for yourself
Try setting a goal (say meeting three people each event) to help keep yourself motivated and encouraged to get out and meet some new people. For the first few events it might feel awkward to approach strangers to introduce yourself, but establishing a habit will only make it easier each time.
5) Talk about your passions and ask others about theirs
Although networking aids in your job search, don’t forget that it’s also about making genuine connections with people. Think of this as building professional friendships. It’s easier to make connections when you are trying to get to know people, not just giving your personal pitch.
6) RELAX and try to enjoy the event.
The trick is to limit networking stress. It will eventually become second nature. Relax and be patient with yourself and enjoy the entertainment and food at the event.
7) Get involved with the Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program
The Halifax Partnership can help you build your professional network. Free of charge- to international and local graduates and internationally trained professionals, we help you connect with industry professionals in your field to build your professional network. See how you can get involved today by visiting our website at www.halifaxpartnership.com/connectorprogram
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