Connecting to the “right fit” is a topic that seems to be coming up quite frequently in my conversations with presenters who have participated in our Employer Engagement Series. This is of no surprise since, according to the HR Summit Metrics Canada in 2014 Drake International, “30-70% of a ..company’s costs are direct Labour costs”. This is huge and certainly why finding the “right fit” for a company is so important.
The Employer Engagement Series, one of the tools available in connecting talent to busineses, is a valuable centrepiece of networking initiatives that help companies discover the "right fit" and talent. It is a networking opportunity that helps connect clients to potential employers in Halifax. It has proved to be a very valuable service to cleints and employers in determining if a potential career path or employment opportunity is the “right fit” for both parties.
Networking is growing into a successful way of connecting new talent to local businesses. According to the Young Professional Survey, created by the Greater Halifax Partnership and Fusion Halifax in 2011, 79% of Employers surveyed used networking as their form of recruiting new talent.
The Halifax Connector Program is another example of using networking to connect with potential employers. The program uses a referral process to help immigrants, international students and young emerging talent build a professional network and connect them to job opportunities. Over 1000 participants and 640 connectors have joined the program.
Employers use these methods to provide general information on hiring criteria, career benefits and advice in navigating the online job process. At Job Search Services, monthly sessions are advertised on our calender, website and job boards. Presenter information is circulated to other employment centres in Halifax through job developer committees and the HRM Youth Connections. On average, the sessions have ten clients seeking employment or career transition in various industries.
Overall, the Employer Engagement series has been successful for both employers and partcipants. Like the Connector Program, the Employer Engagement series is part of a network of programs Halifax provides to assist candidates and connect them to job that will allow them to stay in Halifax.
Lori Tweedy is a Career Practitioner/Case Manager for Job Search Services. Lori is also the Membership Coordinator for the Job Developers Committee and she is also the Coordinator for the Employer Engagement Series. If you would like to learn more you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.