Program Overview

  • Welcome Talent Canada, a new initiative in collaboration with LinkedIn provides newcomers with the tools and resources they need to help them jump start their professional careers in Canada and find meaningful employment opportunities.

  • The program is centered around newcomer job-seekers in Toronto and Vancouver with advanced English or French skills.

  • The Welcome Talent Canada Initiative has two main components:

    • First, program participants are trained by RCJP on how to leverage LinkedIn’s resources to find employment. This includes growing their network, developing new skills, creating a strong professional identity, and researching the Canadian job market.

    • Second, newcomers are matched to a LinkedIn member who will provide mentorship and help them with their entry into the Canadian job market.

  • All program participants and mentors will receive ongoing support from RCJP throughout the process to ensure successful experiences for both job-seekers and mentors.

Process

  • Mentors and mentees are required to complete and submit a brief application form online.

  • A Program Coordinator will schedule a phone call with those that qualify to participate.

  • The coordinator will match each mentee with a suitable mentor based on their profession and areas of interest.

  • Mentees will attend an orientation workshop where they will learn how to best leverage LinkedIn’s resources to find employment. The orientation workshop will teach participants how to grow their network, create a strong professional identity and research the Canadian job market. Program Coordinators will then facilitate introductions between mentors and mentees and help schedule first meetings that will allow mentors to learn more about their mentee’s skills, qualifications, and professional goals. While an in-person meeting is highly encouraged for the first meeting, a phone call could be sufficient.

  • Mentors and mentees will maintain an ongoing relationship and will complete 13 hours of mentoring throughout the duration of the program. A one-hour bi-weekly meeting (either in person or on the phone) is recommended.

Apply to be a Mentor

Welcome Talent Canada encourages mentors from various professional backgrounds to participate. Our most sought after professions are in sectors related to finance, IT and engineering.

REQUIREMENTS

  • A minimum of two years of professional experience

  • Strong understanding of your industry and access to an active professional network

  • A commitment of minimum one-hour, bi-weekly, over 26 weeks (total 13 hours). These hours can be completed in person, over the phone, or online.

THE ROLE OF THE MENTOR

  • Commit to the mentoring relationship

  • Share information, provide feedback, and provide impartial advice

  • Support and encourage your mentee to facilitate success

  • Discuss practices and principles of the Canadian workplace and share views and experiences related to business culture

  • Help the mentee develop a professional network

  • Advise the mentee on effective job search strategies

BENEFITS

  • Enhanced leadership and coaching skills

  • Improved knowledge of the job market

  • Greater perspective on both the challenges and skills of newcomers entering the job market

  • Stronger professional network

  • Give back, feel good!

Apply to be a Mentee

Skilled newcomers who are seeking meaningful employment opportunities and are interested in joining Welcome Talent Canada should complete the application form. A Program Coordinator will contact qualified applicants.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Eligible to work in Canada

  • Currently unemployed or not working in professional field

  • Actively seeking employment opportunities

  • New to Canada (two years or less)

  • Strong grasp of English or French

  • Graduation from a post-secondary education program or must have equivalent professional work experience

BENEFITS

  • Gain better understanding of the Canadian workplace and industries of interest

  • Learn more about methods to search for employment opportunities

  • Obtain more information and interview tips

  • Create and expand a professional network on LinkedIn

  • Receive ongoing support, guidance, and advice to help achieve career goals