By: Arcelia Camacho, PMP


We are often told that networking is a crucial activity that should be engaged in if one wants to advance their professional career. This makes one wonder... Is professional networking a new trend? I tend not to think so. Networking has always been about who you know, and it seems to be so now - more than ever. Networking is a centuries old practice, so why is it still so relevant today’s job world? Well, the main reason is competition. Today there are over 3.334 billion people in the global labour force (according to 2013 World Bank stats) . Job market competition became global several decades ago, and with today’s connected world, competition is exponentially greater.

When it comes to most advice on networking, I find that many publications place too much importance on cookie-cutter strategies. From my experience as a former newcomer to Canada, here are the most important points that you need to know about professional - and lifelong - networking:

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Service Canada
Region of Peel
Jobillico
Employment Ontario
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Government of Saskatchewan
Toronto Employment & Social Services