Employment seminars. Do you need them?

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Going to career or employment seminars seem like a waste of time especially when you’re already an experienced professional. Many would argue that they would rather spend this time sending out applications and going to interviews than sitting around and listening to lectures.

While this is a valid choice, newcomers to Manitoba, whether experienced or just starting out, will find great value in attending employment workshops. Why should you attend? First, workshops give you an idea of the Canadian labour market and how best to navigate it. Secondly, you can get pointers for resume-writing to actual job-matching and career counselling. Many programs are designed to respond to your specific needs and may provide continuous support even after you get a job. Lastly, these services are usually free so you don’t invest anything but your time.

Many programs are designed to respond to your specific needs and may provide continuous support even after you get a job.

5 reasons why you should attend career seminars:

  1. They provide best practices and techniques

    The labour market changes from year to year. Successful job search strategies five to 10 years ago are vastly different from the strategies that work today. What you’ll learn at employment seminars are based on the latest studies and practices. This will boost your chances to get hired quickly.

  2. They provide personalized assistance from experts

    Most employment programs in Manitoba offer the assistance of career coaches and counsellors for free. Their one-on-one coaching ensures that you get personalized assistance. They also make great job references because they are familiar with your professional history (make sure to ask their permission first!).

  3. Seminars are venues for networking

    You will meet all kinds of awesome people at employment seminars. Often, other participants become your friends who can then become valuable sources of leads for job opportunities.

  4. Job matching services

    Most immigrant-serving organizations build a job bank so they can offer job matching services for clients. They can provide job leads and even assist in making your application. Many go the extra mile and recommend you to their employer-contacts.

  5. Source of motivation

    Seminars provide an extra boost, especially when you become discouraged in your job search. HR experts and counsellors can provide expert advice. You may also find comfort in talking to other participants who are in the same boat as you or take pointers from a successful newcomer.

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Community Resources

If you wish to attend a career seminar or need employment assistance, find more information from the following links:

  • Settlement Pre-Arrival Online (SOPA) (Pre-arrival)
  • Manitoba Job Skills and Development Centres.
  • Manitoba Start primarily serves immigrants who are settling in Winnipeg as permanent residents. It offers various employment training programs to get you started and connects you to other services that you may need.
  • SUCCESS Skills Center is an employment, career assistance and training resource center for internationally educated individuals and skilled workers.
  • Accueil Francophone – provides settlement and employment services for French-speaking immigrants.
  • Immigrant Centre – provides settlement and employment services to newcomers who are permanent residents, refugees, temporary residents and temporary foreign workers, international students, visitors and Canadian citizens.

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