Speed to Succeed: Professional networking at its best

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When it comes to finding a job, only few things are more important than finding ways to grow your professional network.  Networking events offer a unique opportunity to connect with employers and explore new pathways to career advancement and professional fulfillment. AXIS Career Services recognizes the benefits and practical value of networking for internationally trained workers.  In keeping with our commitment to find new and innovative ways to match job-ready clients with gaps in the labour market, AXIS launched its first Speed to Succeed networking event on May 23rd, 2013.


Speed to Succeed was developed in-house by AXIS team members as a way to tangibly connect employers from specific sectors with clients seeking employment in those fields.  Unlike other networking events which tend to focus on high-volume attendance, Speed to Succeed focuses on quality matches between employers and clients in a small-group setting. For the inaugural launch of the event, AXIS was delighted to welcome three of our committed partners to the event: Coreen Bennett from the Bennett Group of Companies, representing a number of McDonalds’ franchises; Alycia O’Neill, the HR Coordinator from Caregivers NL; and Lisa Tucker and Brian Halley, HR staff with the Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre.


The morning opened with a short presentation followed by a Q&A session for the employers facilitated by two members of the AXIS team.  Employers were given an overview of AXIS’ programs and services, including how we work with local businesses throughout the province to find solutions to labour shortages and connect them to immigrant talent. This includes, but is not limited to, career counselling, pre-employment training, and continuous job-coaching support as our clients transition and grow in the local labour market.  The Q&A session was especially fascinating, as our employers offered their own insights into the benefits and challenges of building a diverse workforce.


After the presentation, employers were brought to the AXIS Networks room, where clients were eagerly awaiting their opportunity to engage in a series of individual “speed-interviews” with each employer.  Here, they had a chance to present their qualifications, discuss their interest in working for each employer, and complete the first round of the hiring process.


The event was a success indeed! Our job seekers were excited to have the opportunity to introduce themselves face-to-face to a recruiter, tell their story, and highlight their skills; and employers enjoyed having an opportunity to discuss their experiences hiring newcomers with AXIS’ staff, and were impressed and enthusiastic about the quality of interviewees.


Perhaps the best marker of success has been the feedback we have received from both employers and clients in the days following the event.  Most clients have received calls for follow-up interviews, employers have expressed interest in taking part in future events, and several job-seekers have accepted job offers from the employers who took part! We are thrilled with the outcome of our first networking event, and we'd like to express our gratitude to both our clients and the employers for their participation. Until the next Speed to Succeed!