Internationally Trained Professionals Networking Fair 2016

It was a real honour to give this year's keynote address at DIVERSEcity's 2016 Internationally Trained Professionals Networking Fair. Despite being a Saturday morning (and a long weekend), it was a packed room! I estimate around 150 internationally trained professionals (ITPs), employment coaches, newcomer support staff and exhibitors.

The forum featured one of the best employee/employer panels I've ever attended (bios below). Three panelists shared their insight and wisdom to successfully re-certifying in their respective field, accompanied by three employers who spoke on what hiring managers are looking for when recruiting in engineering, nursing and accounting. It truly was a partnership between ITPs and employers focused on helping newcomer professionals succeed.
Both inspiring and deeply informative. 

Front row (left to right): Maria Elgin Abais, Rajiv Vasdev, <?>, Neelam Sahota, (CEO, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society), <BOARD MEMBER>. 

My Prezi's

Improve Your Networking Skills

There is no shortcut to improving one's networking skills. When asked what resources have been helpful, the members of the employer panel were in agreement over reading a classic: How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. 

Chris Mould, Business Advisor at MNP also recommended The Frog and Prince: Secrets of Positive Networking to Change Your Life, by Darcy Rezac. Another must-read for anyone who is serious about building "powerful, positive social networks."

FRONT ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): ELDER LEKEYTEN (KPU’s Elder in Residence), Susan Liu Woronko, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. 

34 Crucial Tips for Your Next Job Interview

During my keynote I shared some research and an infographic I had found online around why people fail their job interviews. The research is useful for anyone, but especially worthwhile for newcomers to Canada. The infographic was published by College Atlas, and can be found at: