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Networking: the End of the World?

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Just thinking about that word can make most people shudder with anxiety. This is meant to define the act of meeting people. It is a holistic concept linked to your skills to show up with charisma and put yourself out there in order to make new contacts that you are ultimately trying to use to your advantage. When put that bluntly, it’s understandable that networking makes people uncomfortable. But, that’s an important point: it makes everyone uncomfortable to a certain degree. Some are just more used to it than others. Like anything, your ability to perform in networking effectively depends on your level of exposure and practice. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Add to that the fact that everybody naturally networks and, that in its purest form networking is just socializing and getting to meet new people that could become friends or partners, and it will slowly lose its power of intimidation.

The biggest challenges of networking always come with beginning. The first step is often the hardest and can prevent people from even trying in the first place.

But, just think, what was it that stopped you the last time you wanted to put yourself out there? Was it what others might think of you? You don’t think you’re good enough or worth the time? You believe you will fail? Then, ask yourself, “What does failure mean?” “What would happen if things did not turn out the way I expect them to?”

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Things will never really turn out as expected, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s not reasonable to think that there is only one acceptable outcome in any given situation that if unmet makes all efforts pointless, a waste of time, a failure. Try to approach your next outings with curiousity instead of anxiety, and accept that any number of outcomes could be even better than any you could have possibly imagined!

We all have good and bad days, days we wish were better, and horrible days that could not seem any worse. This is also normal. It’s unfortunate, yes, but completely natural for everyone. All we can do is treat others with respect and dignity, like they may be going through a tough challenge, and do our best to ease the struggle and offer a helping hand that could make all the difference. Networking, then, is less about what others can give to you and more about what you can offer others. Humility, kindness, generosity, gratitude: these are the traits of the greatest networkers. So, yes, there is injustice, unfairness, and incredible misfortune in this world; but, there is also hope, love, faith, and kindness. Most things will remain outside of your control, but there are also countless measures you can take to improve things in a positive way on a daily basis, however slightly and however small the scale or influence. Fear, irrational perhaps, might be the only thing stopping you from putting yourself out there. All you have to do is show up.

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For more inspiration, read from the Harvard Business Review here.

Happy New Year from the LEHC!

Take a leap in 2020, a leap year

You’ve heard all the catchphrases, “New Year, New You,” “Spring into the New Year,” “This is Your Year.”

So, we’ll spare you the platitudes. The LEHC is interested in assisting, guiding, and supporting every person in setting, planning, and reaching set goals and objectives. While many people and places try to hype up the possibilities of the new year with little practical suggestion, we want to help you with the specifics of your situation and help in customizing an approach and strategy in the job market that will work for you. It is, after all, a leap year so do your best to take one.

There’s a lot of hardship at this time of year as well. We might reflect on all the resolutions we didn’t keep, or on how the year didn’t get us to where we want to be, and this will halt momentum in getting things done and making things happen. Try to approach this year with genuine curiousity and just start by noticing things, not trying to immediately solve or fix them. Beating yourself up about this stuff is only going to make it more difficult for you to realize your goals. Be kind and gentle with yourself, and give yourself credit for any victory, however small. This will make a positive and proactive approach much easier. Good things will happen. You just need to take the first, and hardest, step.

Visit the LEHC today and start your new year off in a positive and productive way!

The Modern Resume

There is an entire industry dedicated to writing resumes!

Professionals study, research, and practice this stuff in the hopes of developing a tested method for creating resumes with the most impact. Though the resume is only one piece of the active job search puzzle, it can be your key into the locked doors of HR decision-making. It may result in an interview.

Image of Resumes Being Presented. Publci Domain.

This is the whole point: to get in front of a human being and connect. You need not spend hours and hours fixating on the “perfect” resume (because, really, it does not exist). Instead, try to strategize and target the resume to your specific postings of interest.

This will help to keep you grounded and freshen things up once it gets stale. Be creative. Enjoy the craft of writing as much as possible. Have fun. Putting that energy into your application document(s) will make it come across to the reader that you are energetic, proactive, positive–all of those things that get harder and harder to be the longer you are at a job search without yet reaching the desired outcome (the job offer).

Read more here.

If you think you’ve tried it all, give the LEHC a call. Maybe we can put things into perspective and start to develop a coordinated and strategic active job search.

 

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Saputo Returns to the LEHC for Version 3.0!

Come on out and meet company representatives from Saputo foods in St. Mary’s.

Saputo Foods returns to the LEHC for another career fair on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 11-4 p.m.

If you do not have transportation, there are great ride-share and carpooling options in the region so ask about that before dismissing this opportunity to network directly with company decision-makers.

We look forward to another successful event with more successful connections and hires! Spread the Word!

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Burger’s Priest, Job Fair

Check out Burger’s Priest new digs. The franchise is coming to London, and holding a job fair this week! See the details below:

The Burger's Priest is opening a new location in London ON and holding a hiring fair this week: Thursday to Saturday, November 28-30. Thursday and Friday and 10-6 Sat.

Manufacturing Matters Conference 2019

Today marked a record attendance for the Manufacturing Matters Conference, hosted and sponsored by a number of exceptional community partners, which focuses on technological development and its impact on the future of the employment market and workforce development more generally.

Manufacturing Matters Conference, London Ontario, October 3, 2019 at the RBC London Place

LEHC had a couple of representatives attend and there as so much value to take from the expertise, knowledge, experience and stories that were shared today. Mayor Ed Holder introduced two representatives from Maple Leaf Foods, which has started pouring the concrete in building an upcoming, leading edge production plant in London Canada. Years of planning and thought have resulted in bringing Industry 4.0 to London Ontario. This was a great opportunity for community partners and business leaders to network and mingle about the future of economic development and the new workforce.

London Ontario Mayor Ed Holder introduces the speakers and outlines the event

Mayor of London Canada, Ed Holder, speaks to an enthralled crowd at the Manufacturing Matters Conference, 2019

Thank you to RBC London Place and to all the staff at the venue that made this event possible. Thank you to all of the businesses and investors in London and the community partners that work tirelessly to connect job seekers to employers and improve Ontario’s global competitive economic advantage while also reducing the unemployment rate.

Maple Leaf Foods Senior VP, Ben Brooks, speaks at the Manufacturing Matters Conference 2019

Company Representatives from Maple Leaf Foods explain the concept behind the new leading edge facility to be built in town by 2021

The Empowering Women in Manufacturing Panel, where three remarkable London Ontario professionals shared their stories of struggle and success in a traditionally male-dominated industry, was particularly insightful. Below, you can see a few stats about women in the manufacturing sector. The hope is to change these trends and build a truly inclusive workforce for Ontario. Thank you to these inspirational women. Womanufacturing, anyone?Stats about Women in Manufacturing, 2019

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Reminder: Saputo is Coming to the LEHC

Visit the LEHC tomorrow, Thursday October 3, to chat with company representatives from Saputo in St. Mary’s. If you live in London and can’t get there, there are options for ride sharing or carpooling. Who knows, someone you meet tomorrow could coordinate a carpool. The openings are mainly for Production and Packaging but there are others and everyone is encouraged to stop by. Bring your family, your friends, and your positive attitude with you tomorrow as well. Bring a resume and cover letter (if you have one) and be prepared to meet face-to-face with company reps.Saputo Foods will be at the LEHC October 3, 2019 from 11-4 p.m.