By: Cindy Dean
Think back to when you were just beginning your professional career. Most likely, you committed to volunteer work, tried to network, and used every resource possible to better connect yourself and ultimately find work related to your education.
Now think of the present. What if you had to move not only out of the city, but to a different country, learn a different language, and start all over again with your network? This is the everyday reality for many newcomers who immigrate to Halifax. They are leaving behind their professional networks and are faced with the challenging task of finding out where employers are located in their new city and who they should get to know in the community.
As a Connector, local business people have the opportunity to make a world of difference for someone just by having a conversation. The idea is to take about 30 minutes to talk with a newcomer and share three of your contacts so that they can begin building a professional network and eventually find suitable employment. Just imagine how helpful this could have been for you when you were beginning your career. A Connector’s Rolodex is truly a newcomer’s treasure- and key to tackling the labour shortage in Greater Halifax.
This is the season to give, and the Connector Program is one way that won’t break your holiday budget. Recently recognized by The Conference Board of Canada as a leading best practice for the attraction and retention of talent, the Connector Program process is simple... but it works!
Visit: Immigration Works in Halifax for more information or contact Cindy Dean.
Happy New Year!
Cindy Dean is Project Coordinator for the Halifax Connector Program, a Greater Halifax Partnership Initiative. Program partners are the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, The Maytree Foundation and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.