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 Jumpstart 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 Jumpstart 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.