At the agency, a youth mentoring coach told him that in order to land a job in his field, he needed to start making connections. She recommended a United Way funded program, which would help him build a better résumé, do practice interviews and, most importantly, meet contacts at job fairs and networking events. Shayan threw himself into
the workshops and beefed up his job-hunting skills. He made friends, met potential employers and—to his delight—landed a position in his field just two months after his first meeting with the newcomer employment program.
Instead of getting up late and reading rejection emails, Shayan now spends his days working as a contact centre service representative, helping bank clients sort out credit card issues. He’s certain that the program he accessed made the difference in his job search, and is grateful for the help he got from agency staff.
So what’s next? Shayan is aiming high. After a couple of years in his current job, he’d like to apply for a financial analyst position. Then he’ll shoot for his dream gig: an economist at the Bank of Canada. And he’ll use his new connections to help make that dream a reality. “What I learned from this experience is that any connection can be helpful, and with the right contacts, you’ll find opportunities.”
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