Networking

13. How can I use my volunteer job to build a network?
If the purpose of your work as a volunteer is to acquire new friendships and business relationships, choose a job where you can meet and interact with other people. Your communication circle will include management and workers within your organization, which may include both Canadians and immigrants. Try to understand the rights and responsibilities of the staff around you, keep a smooth business relationship with them and do not go beyond your responsibility as a volunteer. Participate in social events, where volunteers are usually invited, and don't refuse to meet with the people who will show interest in you. If you can make friends, by the end of your volunteer work your business notebook will replenish with new names and phone numbers.

14. How do I use my network to find a job?
Many employment consultants in Canada believe that networking is the most effective tool to find a job, especially when you want to enter the hidden job market. Keep a special notebook, where you can write down all the people who can be useful to you. Specify their names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, as well as dates when you met, talked on the phone or sent a letter, what is the result of your actions and what you must do. If you have the opportunity, make a computer database and use contacts by e-mail and on the Internet. Make your own job hunting business card, where you can specify what kind of job you are looking for, and what necessary skills and qualities you possess. Give your cards to everyone you contact about your job search. Be sure to be friendly and relaxed when networking with people. Remember that you need to give people a reason to want to help you. If you are too aggressive in your approach, you might put people off and they may not assist you, even if a very suitable opportunity presents itself.

15. Which ways can I use the Internet to build my network?
On the Internet there are great opportunities for communication with target people and organizations. Numerous different languages forums will give you the opportunity to meet with desired people. There are many social networks, which will allow you to find friends, to get answers to many of your questions, and have a good time with people.
There are some rules of etiquette while communicating on the Internet. If you decide to reply to a letter, do it as soon as possible. Before asking a question, look at the "Frequently Asked Questions” section of the site you are interested in. Before sending your letter, eliminate all errors and typos: literacy is your image. Do not give others addresses and phone numbers you received, without the consent of the owners. When participating in the forums read their rules and try to fulfill them. Do not send your recipients the materials that they have not asked and, moreover, do not ask them to send these materials to others. Be patient, polite and do not use profanity.

16. Where can I find sources of additional information about networking in Canada?
We recommend the following sources for newcomers about creating a social network in Canada:
•Оntario Network for Internationally Trained Professionals www.onip.ca.
•Professional Immigrant Networks https://triec.ca/pins/.
•The effective art of Networking https://careerprocanada.ca/the-art-of-effective-networking/.
•Book: Doug Lowe, Networking All-in-One. Desk Reference for Dummies.
•Book: Chris Negus, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Networking.

17. Are there any Canadian sources in other languages?
In the booklet Alone in Canada: 21 ways to make it better, available in 20 languages. https://settlement.org/ontario/health/mental-health-and-addiction/stress/alone-in-canada-21-ways-to-make-it-better-a-self-help-guide-for-single-newcomers/
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