Building a Network

Making valuable connections

It’s well known making connections is important and can open up more opportunities during your job search. Talk to people who are working in the industry and consult with educational institutions and other career seekers about your career interests and goals and introduce yourself to new contacts whenever possible. Building relationships and growing a network can take time, so it should begin early, even before coming to Canada or submitting job applications and maintained throughout your career.

Newcomers to Canada should explore the Canadian cultural norms for making introductions, appropriate time for follow-up, topics that are great conversation starters and topics that are inappropriate, and ways to approach friendly strangers. Check out this website on conversations and cultural norms for Canadians for an introduction.

Tradeshows, Events and Conferences: Maximize your networking potential

There are two major Canadian mining events that are not to be missed: The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange (held in early March in Toronto) and The Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) Convention (held in early May in either Montreal or Vancouver).

Conference rates will vary depending on memberships, etc. To reduce the cost, consider purchasing only a day pass to the event (if you live nearby), or look into volunteering opportunities.

Depending on your field of interest within the mining industry, there are several other smaller  

Volunteering: Add industry-related experience to your resume while growing your professional network

If you are new to your community, consider volunteering as one way to help grow your network. Look for skills-based volunteering opportunities so you can acquire relevant experience to put on your resume.

Many mining employers are active in the local community and often sponsor events, or fundraisers for charities. Consider contacting the employer to inquire about an upcoming event and possible volunteer opportunities. Alternatively, choose a local non-profit or charity that you are interested in and lend your skills – you will meet people who might prove to be valuable connections.

LinkedIn: Leverage your online profile to connect to professionals

Through LinkedIn you can research potential employers, view job postings, and connect with professionals. Including the url for your LinkedIn profile on your business cards is an easy way to share your credentials, skills and experience with professional contacts.

There are lots of online resources and guides and great books available at the public library on how to make the most of LinkedIn - take advantage of these free resources!