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WeEmploy Inc's Steve Mix speaks at Kerby Centre's Options 45


On February 7, WeEmploy Inc. CEO and Co-Founder Steve Mix was at Options 45, a weekly event held by the Kerby Centre for the 55+

shared insights and tips for job transitioning and strategic networking for individuals aged 45+. He joins speakers and volunteers providing one-on-one and group consulting, coaching and workshops.

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Using a Personal Relationship to Gain Employment

By: Kimberley Dart

We all know the term “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.  To a degree, that’s true.  Knowing someone can often help you to get your foot in the door, or at least move your name to the top of the list.  However knowing someone is not a guarantee that you will find a job.

One of the blessings (curses?) of working for a recruitment firm is that people will approach you to help them find new employment.  It’s not unheard of for friends, family members, neighbours, or even clients to send me their resume asking me for help.

I received the following e-mail from an old acquaintance.  From what I know of her I would say that she is very hard working, determined, with a sunny disposition.  Based on her e-mail I formed a new opinion.  Look for yourself:

can send a recent redume.
Looking for work as Executive Assistant

Where to start?  Lack of a greeting, punctuation, capitalization, contact information, and a spelling error is what jumps out at me first.  Second, she wants a job as an Executive Assistant?  How could I possibly recommend her to one of my clients based on this?  All it took was eleven words for me to form a new opinion.  That has to be a new record!

Just because you have a personal relationship with someone who may be able to help you find a new role doesn’t mean that you can leave your professionalism at the door.

If you would like to use your network to help you find a new position I would suggest approaching it like this:

  • Call the person directly and explain what you are looking for.  Find out if s/he can even help you out (or if s/he knows who can)
  • Ask if you can send your resume for his/her review
  • Be professional.  Spelling and punctuation is ALWAYS important!
  • Do not treat this as a casual conversation just because you know the person.

Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression!

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