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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Expand Your Network - June 2013

Monday, June 17. 6-8:30pm: MMF Spring Reception hosted by the University of Toronto at Hart House.  For more information on the Mathematical Finance Program visit http://www.mmf.utoronto.ca/.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Translating your story: the key to re-establishing your career in Canada

I can’t tell you how often I speak to new and returning Canadians lamenting that seemingly age old quandary when looking for a role based in this country: "Canadian employers want current Canadian experience, but how do you get current Canadian experience without current Canadian experience?" Without a doubt this is a deeply frustrating challenge.

At its heart, the best plan to securing meaningful work in Canada is simple. Perseverance is the name of the game. Knocking on doors until one opens is stressful and all-consuming, but ultimately rewarding, as it is the first step up the ladder to build a new career here. That said, I believe there are strategies that can turn a potentially longer process into a much shorter one.

Recently, I had the pleasure to participate in Toronto Homecoming, an event focused on helping Canadians repatriate back to our local market. As in years past, the event was a success. The attendees I spoke with were bright, talented, experienced professionals diligently committed to finding meaningful work in Canada.  Yet, there were two factors that made it readily apparent to me who would find work quickly and who would face a more uphill battle.     

The first and most important element was an individual’s ability to translate their story.  There is no doubt that experience and skills gained abroad are relevant to the Canadian marketplace.  However, if that experience cannot be framed in context and given detail, its value is greatly undermined.  Too often, people I met made the assumption that I knew they worked at China’s 3rd largest investment bank or Spain’s largest telecommunications company just by sharing the name of their former employer.  Individuals who gain traction with Canadian companies have spent time articulating the scope of the businesses they have worked with, the skills they have gained there, and have crafted arguments as to why these experiences are transferable to the Canadian marketplace.  They have done this both in their resumes and in the story they tell about themselves.  They don’t wait to be questioned about their past, they provide context upfront.

On top of that, individuals successful in the search process understand the deep importance in leveraging their story through the cultivation of allies and advocates in the Canadian market.  Online applications are black holes where resumes disappear into the abyss.  Savvy and proactive job seekers reach out and form relationships in the market face-to-face or over the phone in order to share the story they’ve crafted and have those with the inside track give them advice.  Surely, this is not an instantaneous route to a new opportunity – but it is the best and surest way to cultivate advocates who will go out of their way to open previously unseen doors. 

Deciding to leave the known to explore a new market requires a pioneer’s heart.  The key to success is not to lose that proactivity once you get here.  

Lauren Thorek, Associate Director

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Expand Your Network - June 2013

June 5-7.  Join your FEI colleagues in Lake Louise, Alberta for FEI Canada's 2013 Conference bursting with educational sessions, networking events, as well as an opportunity to connect with some of your most valuable partners in one of the world's most widely acclaimed "bucket list" destination.  For more information visit http://www.feicanada.org/page/events/conference-2013.


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Expand Your Network - June 2013

June 2nd - The Bay Street Scramble in Support of Sunnybrook’s Health Science Centre is an inaugural fundraising golf tournament for young professionals at Wooden Sticks Golf Course. The Bay Street Scramble will provide a great opportunity for young leaders to network with other like-minded individuals from varying professional fields and enjoy a great round of golf. The proceeds raised from the event will support prostate cancer research at the Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre, which is an integral part of Sunnybrook’s foundation to help invent the future of health care.  For more information, visit http://baystreetscramble.ca/.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Expand Your Network - May 2013

Thursday, May 30. 8am-4pm: The Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference is designed to provide entrepreneurs, whether budding or experienced, with the opportunity to expand their professional network, hear from experienced and successful entrepreneurs on tips and opportunities and learn what it takes to become successful and stay thriving. For more information visit www.torontoentrepreneurs.ca/conference