Are you connected? We can help.
The Connector Program is a formalized community networking/integration initiative designed to broaden a job seeker’s network through one-on-one in-person meetings with established business leaders in the community. It’s a simple, effective, no-cost referral process putting newcomers in touch with highly networked individuals to better connect to our workforce and settle more successfully in our community. Finding great employment is one of the greatest factors influencing newcomers and post-secondary graduates to stay and fill our ever-increasing labour market.
Become a Connectee
If you are new to the region, a soon-to-be post-secondary student or recent post-secondary graduate, the Connector Program application can be found below.
- Why participate?
The COEDC Connector Program accelerates your integration into the professional community in the Central Okanagan. By building a professional network you will gain new contacts and be better informed of opportunities in the region, helping you create a successful career in the Central Okanagan.
- Who can participate?
- Newcomers or returnees to the Central Okanagan
- Post Secondary Graduates and Students
- What are the benefits of becoming a connectee?
- Access to successful professionals with well-established networks in the Central Okanagan to expand and diversify your professional network
- Better understanding of your sector, field of interest, and the local job market
- Opportunity to share details about your experience and expertise
- Valuable feedback about your job search strategy and career path
Become a Connector
While we have amazing Connectors, we’re always looking to expand our network. If giving back by helping newcomers and recent graduates more-easily become part of our community interests you, the Connector application is belo
- What is a Connector?
Connectors are successful professionals with well-established professional networks in the Central Okanagan, who:
- Enjoy making introductions and connecting people
- Are effective communicators and can give supportive and constructive feedback
- Have a desire to support newcomers and young professionals with building their network
- What is a connector’s role?
- Meet with 2-3 Connectees per year for a 45-60 minute informational meeting
- Listen, ask questions and share knowledge of current market demands in their industry
- After the meeting, provide the Connectee with a warm introduction to 3 additional contacts. Each of your contacts will be asked for another 3 referrals.
- What are the benefits of being a Connector?
- Access to local talent
- Increased awareness about your organization and industry
- Knowing you are opening doors and helping people succeed in the Central Okanagan
- Contributing to a welcoming and diverse community
Check out our Connector Guide
- Working in the Central Okanagan
- Finding work in the region
- Networking 101
- Preparing for an informational interview
Learn more about the Connector Program through our Connectee Q&A’s!
Connector Program – Connectee Q&A with Sophie Poulin
Connector April 12, 2023
Connector Program – Connectee Q&A with Rahul Nagulapally
Connector September 29, 2022