Build Your Own Canadian Network

Written by: Enrique González

Build your own Canadian Network

Did you know that networking is the activity
where people seek to build professional relationships with others who can
support them with a simple interaction? So, take the first step and start a
conversation!

According to a report
from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Yale University,
around 70%
of jobs are found through networking. In Canada, as elsewhere, networking
communicates your value to others.

Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. To
network successfully, you need strong communication skills and willingness to
engage with others.

First of all, ask yourself:

 

1.- What are my main strengths and weaknesses?

2.- What makes me different? 

3.- What are my goals? 

 

Most newcomers that land in Canada and start
their job search often hear the word “networking”. However, not many immigrants
are fully aware of the real power of networking. Networking will give you
access to the hidden job market, which are the positions filled without the
employer advertising them (65-85% of the jobs are not posted online).

Newcomers are generally apprehensive about
asking for meetings or help. But most of the people you’ll meet and interact
with are friendly and approachable. If you need to find a mentor, many
settlement agencies in Canada like
Ontario Immigration, Mentor Exchange and Mentorship BC offer mentoring/coaching partnerships and programs to
help newcomers improve their chances of finding a good opportunity.

Not all networking in Canada is about face to
face meetings. Some people feel more comfortable networking by telephone or
email. However, it’s always more difficult to get someone’s attention by email,
so we recommend people to use telephone, meet in person or via LinkedIn. This
last one is a fantastic tool to look for companies, individuals and working
relationships.

Ready to network? LCBN shares with you some tips that may be helpful in your hunting:

·         Review Job offers

·         Focus on adding and interact with new online and offline contacts

·         Introduce yourself to others

·         Find a mentor that guides you

·         Look up for insights of specific organizations, hiring processes, etc.

·         Find a way to access the job opportunities that aren’t public yet

·         Learn more about the industry/sector of your interest

·         Stay in touch with your network

 

·         Don’t forget to follow up

 

 

Once you have a strong network, make sure to create a list of your contacts and try to keep them updated with positive messages each week. This step is really important, as it’s crucial to keep yourself in their mind.

“Networking is an investment in your business. It takes time and when done correctly can yield great results for years to come.”

– Diane Helbig

 

 

Do you want to learn more about networking? Join us in our next virtual LCBN Café and get ready to expand your network. Follow us on Instagram for the upcoming dates.

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Rosa Maria Delgado

Financial Planner

CANADA

Tell us something about you:

Rosa has been in Canada since 1999, and previous to her current business as an Insurance and Mutual Fund agent, had a successful career in Corporate Finance in the Tech Industry.

Rosa’s mission is to teach new Canadians the ABCs of personal finances and help them implement a financial plan to achieve their goals. Rosa truly believes all new Canadians from Latin America and elsewhere have the skills, knowledge, and dedication to succeed professionally in Canada. Rosa’s job is to guide them to make the most of their finances, following the premise: “It does not matter how much you make, but how much you keep”

Testimony about your experience at LBCN:

LCBN was a great platform to launch my business. When I first decided to turn my part-time business into my new mission and long-term career path, I started attending LCBN’s monthly breakfasts. These networking events were paramount in helping me meet other professional members in the Latin community and create a brand for myself.

I would highly recommend you become part of LCBN to fast-start your business, and become part of the Latin-American business community.

Andrea Welling

Regional Director, BC

CANADA

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Helping entrepreneurs connect with valuable resources in the entrepreneurship community is one of my passions. In addition, I strongly believe in the power of mentorship to support new ventures to be able to build confidence to go to their next level. For existing businesses struggling to scale, mentorship provides another invaluable perspective and a way to broaden the entrepreneur’s skillset.

For more information about Futurpreneur Canada or to learn more about entrepreneurship, please contact Andrea at awelling@futurpreneur.ca.

Testimony about your experience at LBCN:

As a guest speaker with LBCN, I felt supported to create a presentation around pivoting your business that would directly speak to the entrepreneurial mindset which I feel is a key aspect of being a successful business owner. LBCN was very professional in creating a colorful advertisement for the event and I was so pleased to share this through my network. The event itself was well attended and participants felt comfortable to share and ask questions which made the experience interactive and engaging. LBCN staff were organized, efficient and friendly and I felt look after every step of the way.

Manuel Banales

Entrepreneur

México

Tell us something about you:

I was born and raised in Mexico, where I studied law in Guadalajara, Jalisco. This permitted me to become aware of the fact that business relationships are what makes up most of organized society. My passion is to create businesses catered to the current demand of society. However, my biggest passion is to create healthy and diverse businesses by always maintaining the customer as my number one priority.

Testimony about your experience at LBCN:

Being an active member of LCBN has permitted me to have access to a large data base of other entrepreneurs and a vast amount of companies which each specialize in different mercantile niches. This has enabled our company (Western Canada Education Services) to become well-known amongst the Latin community in Canada. This, in effect, has given us the opportunity to position ourselves effectively in Latin America.