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Halifax Program Successfully Multiplies Newcomers’ Networks

Written by  New Canadian Media Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:14
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Project Coordinator Christine Qin Yang and Project Manager Denise De Long interview connectee Sagar Soman from India at the Halifax Partnership office.
Project Coordinator Christine Qin Yang and Project Manager Denise De Long interview connectee Sagar Soman from India at the Halifax Partnership office. Photo Credit: Paul Rebar (see image gallery below)

by Paul Rebar (@p_rebar) in Halifax, Nova Scotia

You’ve got it all: degree, credentials, internship, references – everything except, well, an actual job. Given how most job openings aren’t even advertised, it’s daunting to try to reach out and build a network without knowing where to begin.

Enter: the Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program.

Founded in 2009, the Connector Program matches immigrants and recent local and international grads (“connectees”) with employers and community leaders (“connectors”). As of June 2015, it’s helped 556 “connectees” find jobs in Halifax. 

Here’s how it works:

· A connectee is brought in for an initial meeting with a project coordinator. 

· The connectee is then matched with a connector, who he or she meets with to discuss professional background, skills and other relevant info while being informed of Halifax’s job market. 

· The connector refers the connectee to three people in their professional network, who each refer the connectee to three people in their networks, leaving them with no shortage of contacts.    

Check out this video for more detail:

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