Top 10 Pieces of Advice from Speed Mentoring Mentors

February 16, 2017

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Speed Mentoring® is an incredibly energetic program that provides both mentors and mentees with an enriching experience. The impact will continue even after the Speed Mentoring® sessions – the lessons learned, the contacts made and the new ways that mentees approach their job search.  

Here are the top 10 pieces of advice mentors have offered job seekers.   

  1. Target your resume to each job posting, showcasing the specific skills that meet the job requirements.  

  1. Join a professional association. It shows potential employers that you’re connected with the wider industry. It will also provide you with benefits such as access to networking events; a sector-specific job board; professional development opportunities and mentoring opportunities. 

  1. Be proud of who you are! Don’t hide your international education on your resume; take pride in the international perspective that you can bring to the workplace. 

  1. Don’t underestimate the value of networking.  This can be the key to landing a job in Canada. 

  1. Take advantage of offers for help. When someone offers to meet for coffee and discuss your career, take them up on it! They wouldn’t offer if they didn’t mean it. 

  1. Consider every day a new opportunity to network and meet new people.  Take advantage of your informal network of contacts which may include friends, family, or other people that you interact with each day. 

  1. Believe in yourself. Your confidence will translate into your verbal and nonverbal communication. If you believe in yourself, others will believe in your abilities too. 

  1. Be clear about what you’re looking for in a mentor/mentee relationship. This will help your mentor to target their advice and provide you with the assistance that you need. 

  1. Keep your nonverbal communication in mind.  How you sit or stand can alter the message you’re attempting to convey with your words. 

  1. Stay positive! Although unemployment and job searching can be incredibly frustrating; keep a positive attitude and others will recognize your energy, talent and focus. 

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