Building your professional network can seem daunting and intimidating, which is why our Connector Programs are here to help.
Connectors are people in our community who have extensive networks and are willing to make introductions. Connectors know people through social, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and have a special gift for bringing people together who work or live in different circles.
The Connector Program connects employers facing labour challenges to high-qualified talent, but it is up to you to make the most of your connections. Here are our tips on how to do that.
5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Connector Experience:
1. Research the company and Connector in advance.
Go to the company website or their LinkedIn profile, read about what they do, and be ready to ask questions during your meeting. Doing this prior to your meeting will show that you took initiative to learn about your connector, and are invested in your future growth.
2. Be professional, be on time, and turn off all electronic devices.
While there are no promises, this connector could be a potential employer so make sure to keep a positive, professional attitude. Be conscious of the Connector’s time, as they are taking time out of their schedule to meet with you. It is only natural that discussing your personal lives may become part of the conversation; however, the focus should be on industry information and finding networking opportunities.
3. Bring a copy of your resume, prepare a list of questions to ask, and take notes.
It is important to bring enough questions to fill a 30-minute meeting. Also make sure you start with questions that allow you and your Connector to get to know each other and lead up to questions asking about job opportunities. Bring a notebook and pen with you to write down valuable information or referrals given.
4. Near the end of the meeting, ask “Can you introduce me to three other industry contacts that I could meet?”
If your connector does not suggest this by the end of the meeting, please remember to make this important request. They may provide referrals right away or choose to return to their office to send you those names.
5. Send a ‘thank you’ note to your connector, and follow up with referrals.
After the meeting, it is essential to send a thank you email to your connector within 24 hours, thanking them for their time and commitment to passing on referrals to you. For the referrals that your connector gave you, it is important to contact all referrals within 1-3 business days of receiving them so the idea is still fresh in their minds.
The potential contacts gained from our Connector Program are limitless, but it is up to you to maintain your network, continue meeting new people, and make the most of your connector meetings. Always remember to take the initiative and be pro-active in contacting and following up with your connections.
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The Connector Program is a nationally recognized best practice that matches newcomers and recent graduates (Connectees) with established business and community leaders (Connectors).
35 Commercial St., Suite 208
Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
The Northern Connector Program is based out of the Truro & Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity office in Truro but also maintains multiple meeting spaces in Amherst and New Glasgow.