We’re almost there. We’re coming to the final leg of one of the worst winters in recent history. And the Bagg Group recruiters offer this advice to anyone who is looking for work or a new career in any part of Canada: Don’t let the dreary winter blues defeat you now!
We know weather significantly affected moods this year. The Arctic Vortex and non-stop weather warnings haven’t helped job seekers to stay energized … and go out and socialize.
And yet, networking is the name of the game for job-hunters.
About 44% of all work opportunities arise from networking. All our job experts confirm that expanding your circle of contacts is important.
The Bagg Group itself owes much of its success to the many word-of-mouth referrals we receive from satisfied clients and candidates.
Still, winter weariness really is a thing! But we have the antidote here for getting off the couch to shake up your career prospects.
The Bagg Group tips to beat the winter blues
Make networking painless
Most job-hunters say they dislike networking. And they believe they’re terrible at it.
Many report that it’s too stressful to try and connect, interest and impress a person. And they feel they have to do it all super quickly, before a person looks for someone else to talk to. Add to that freezing rain, and who wouldn’t opt to stay home with Netflix.
But there’s a trick to networking that eliminates the stress — and makes it more effective. Don’t even worry about selling yourself. Instead, set a different goal.
See The Bagg Group 10 secrets to nail networking.
A book club is networking too.
If you don’t have a hobby, now is the time to look for one.
Whatever it is you would like to do, meeting with others who enjoy the same things is a fantastic way to make contacts. Maybe you’d like to join a choir, take cooking or language classes, join a writing circle, get involved in board games, do indoor gardening, etc. It really doesn’t matter what the activity is as long as it’s fun for you.
If you want to find people near you who share your interest, check out meet-up groups. You’ll see there are hundreds of meet-ups– from gatherings of Artificial Intelligence geeks to language groups to people who like tea tastings. Networking doesn’t get more easy than this.
Bonus: Interviewers enjoy hearing about your interests – they speak to your initiative and engagement.
Enjoy unique workouts.
The gym is great, but busy gyms don’t lead to much chat beyond, ‘Are you getting off that machine soon?’ So a more specialized group activity may be your ticket to exercise and meet new people.
Hiking meet-ups, salsa classes, indoor rock climbing. or more out-of-the-box activities like dragon boat indoor paddling, medieval martial arts, bubble soccer (yes, you slide into a giant plastic bubble) will inspire more interaction. And of course, Toronto boasts a school of circus arts – because while looking for a job, why not fantasize about running away to a circus in a warmer climate.
Bonus: You’ll never be at a loss for interesting small talk at any networking event if you can tell about an out-of-the-box experience you recently tried.
Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer.
A chance to give back, learn, and meet people –the question isn’t whether you should volunteer, but why wouldn’t you? Volunteer Toronto is a good place to start.
At The Bagg Group, we are hugely committed to volunteer work and our staff is involved in about 100 different initiatives between us all.
Bonus: Volunteer work is valuable for your resume.
Say yes to being on a committee:
For some, the mention of the word ‘committee’ sends shivers down their spine. But committee work is bonding. And a lot of contacts –and lasting friendships — are made through working together for a common goal.
Many neighborhood community centres, local arts and crafts events, charitable organizations, and schools welcome new committee members.
Bonus: Committees are a great addition to a resume, and a way to flex some skills while meeting new people.
Recruiters at The Bagg Group urge job-hunters this winter to do things that lift their spirit because employers want people who are positive and upbeat.
And, if along the way, you meet contacts and it turns out someone knows someone who may have an opportunity for you … that’s a bonus!
And while you are checking out possibilities, check for full-time, temporary and contract positions now available on our job board.
Gene Hayden, author of The Follow-Through Factor: Getting from Doubt to Done (Random House), is a career coach and writer-in-residence for The Bagg Group