One of the best ways to support your community is to help out other businesses and professionals in the area.
Try to buy local as often possible, recommend local businesses to others, and share positive experiences with local companies on social media.
But there is also another way in which you can support your community, and that is by being a Connector.
When you help others in their career paths, you in turn help your entire community. That person is able to shop locally, they are able to support their families, they are more willing to stay and grow in the community, and they are more likely to help support others in the same way you’ve helped them as well.
Here are a few reasons why being a Connector is a powerful way to give back to your community:
Introduces your community, or your own business, to skilled talent
Being a Connector gives you direct access to pre-qualified, skilled individuals. You will meet job-ready newcomers who are eager to learn from you and grow their knowledge of the local job market. In some cases, you may meet your next hire, and in many cases, you will be introducing a talented individual to your community.
By introducing your Connectee to your connections, you not only benefit your Connectee, but also the individuals and businesses in your network who will now have the opportunity to meet with a skilled professional.
Pay it forward through inclusion and collaboration
Perhaps you, or someone you know, knows what it feels like to be new to an area or industry. The Connector Program is a great way give back to the community. It’s a light ask – just 30 minutes of your time – but the introductions you make afterward have the potential to change your Connectee’s life.
By sharing your knowledge about current market demands and skills needed to succeed in your field, as well as introducing them to your network, you are helping Connectees break down a barrier they face, helping them learn and grow, and helping them feel welcomed into our community.
Uncover hidden opportunities for your community
Connectees come from all over the world, therefore bringing unique perspectives and ideas that you or your community may not have otherwise considered. We tell Connectees that hidden opportunities can be found through networking, including jobs, volunteer opportunities and term-based projects that would not be found online, but Connectors can also tap into hidden opportunities as well. Through the Connectee’s international experience, unique insights, and different perspective and skillset, the potential for new ideas and collaboration is endless.
Help drive your community’s population and economic growth
Communities need people and businesses to attract and retain talent to ensure continued economic growth. Connectees who find jobs in your community are more likely to stay, buy houses, and build their lives, which benefits your community’s economy long-term.
By being a Connector, you’re helping your community by introducing local businesses to pre-qualified, skilled potential employees. Those businesses are more likely to be successful thanks to your introduction of someone who is there to learn, grow and succeed within their company, and in turn, within your community.
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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.