Ricky shares his story about picking up his life in Ottawa and moving to Toronto without a job. He discusses how persistence, positivity and keeping his network open helped him overcome his fears about starting over in a new city. Cold calling recruiters led him to Bryan and ultimately finding the job that helped him blossom in his career. Watch his full story below. 

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tips to network your way into a new job

As Ricky discovered, you're often your own strongest champion! Sometimes you have to take risks and step outside of your comfort zone to build connections, especially if you're moving to a new city where you don't have an extensive network you can rely on. Though it can be intimidating, you can make valuable connections that can lead to a career you're passionate about. Here are some quick tips to build your network in a new city:

  • Break down your fears about making the first move. Nothing ventured is nothing gained!
  • LinkedIn is a great place to reach out to possible connections. Just make sure your message isn't all about you and what you stand to gain.
  • When working with a recruiter, choose carefully! You need a partner you can rely on who understands your career goals and personality.
  • Find what you have in common and start there. Learn about the person you want to connect with and see what else you have in common besides your careers. 
  • Be genuine and yourself. Don't pretend to be someone you're not, or lay on fake compliments to get in someone's good graces. Be yourself, you're enough, we promise!
  • Start with something other than a request. Remember that networking is a two-way street. One person shouldn't have to do all the work. Ask yourself: how can we help each other or learn from one another?

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There's a lot of confusion about what recruiters do, and how we help people find work. The truth is simple: we're a resource to help you find the type of job you want. Whether that's a full or part time job, or in a new city is up to you! Our services cost you nothing (that's right, working with a recruiter is 100% free if you're looking for a job!) Our ultimate goal is to help you find a job that makes you happy. We're successful when you are!

  • Customize your resume to appeal to employers in your area. We know what employers look for, so we're the perfect partner to help you frame your experience in the best light.
  • Get help negotiating your salary and benefits based on the local market rate. Being fairly paid based on your skills and experience and the going rate in your city is essential to feel good about accepting a job offer!
  • The jobs we present to you are completely based on your preferences. If you're looking at a permanent career move, we'll be your partner in finding it! We're more than a temp agency. We can help you find a temp job if that's what you want. But we also help thousands of workers find full-time, permanent jobs each year. 
  • Tap into our connections with hundreds of top companies. We pass this access on to you, helping you get your foot in the door with awesome employers all over Canada.
  • Did you know as many as 70% of job opportunities are never posted online? We can help you tap into these hidden opportunities. If you're moving to a new city, you probably won't have an extensive network you can tap into to find a job. We share our network with you.

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