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.
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.
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
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.
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
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