September State of Mind           September 5, 2018

To me, the new year doesn’t start in January. I know a calendar officially begins on January 1, and businesses operate on a fiscal year, but I’ve spent most of my adult and working life in an environment that revolved around September being the start of the year. You planned for September, anticipated the “September Rush,” and launched all your big ideas and started new projects in that month.

So what does September mean for you and your job search? For one, a company’s human resources process can pick back up after a summer slow down. Jobs were posted in the summer months, however posting and hiring for a job can involve numerous people, and they might have been on vacation when they were needed in the process. This can be nerve-racking if you apply for a job in June, or interview for a position in July, as it’s a waiting game to hear from the next person in the hiring process. Normally in September, most people are back to work and the process is faster. Another reason September is great for your job search is it’s the major recruiting season for many large companies. You will see an increase in careers fairs and information sessions in the fall. On the surface these school events may seem reserved for new and upcoming graduates, however most schools will allow alumni to attend, and recruiters hire for a multitude of positions, not just entry level.

As good as these reasons are, I know I might be alone in this September love fest, and that’s ok. September also marks the end of summer vacation (or summer itself for some), a return to a faster pace, more traffic, and maybe when fashion requires you to pack away your white clothes. I know, it’s sad.

But I think that energy and ideas begin in September. People are returning to work after a period of relaxation, schools, universities, and colleges welcome the new and returning students to their halls, and it’s a time to get back into our routine.

So I hope you too can embrace September, and all the change, energy, and career potential it brings.

 

Hello!                        June 7, 2018

Hi, I’m Ashley, the Central Region Coordinator for Connector NL. I’m happy you stopped by to learn more about Connector NL and if you are new to Central NL or any area of the province, Welcome! I am based in Grand Falls-Windsor, and I partner with the Exploits Regional Chamber of Commerce on some projects, but I serve in the entire beautiful region of Central, from the Baie Verte Peninsula to Terra Nova Park, and Harbour Breton to Twillingate.

 A little bit about me; I was born and raised in Green Bay South, NL – you may be familiar with the brick wall on the highway that says, “Welcome to Scenic Green Bay”, followed by a long stretch of birch trees, that’s me! As many others from the area, I left home after high school in search of a degree and work. I spent almost 12 years in St. John’s where I met fantastic people, worked with wonderful companies, and took in many great opportunities, but I was never content. I was always wanting to be living and working in Central NL, supporting local businesses and promoting the region while living in the region; I wanted to be home.

I’m very passionate about Connector NL because I want others to discover the value and opportunity in this region. When I finished my degree, nobody encouraged me to move back here and work, and at the time I didn’t see any opportunities equal to what I could obtain in St. John’s. I am not here to knock anyone who has decided to leave this region for an opportunity, I did it too. However, I always felt the pull back to this place and to be boots-on-the-ground to help wherever I could, so here I am.

With Connector NL, we strive to help our Connectors and Connectees grow their network and strengthen their roots in the community. We won’t promise to find you a job; there are very few people on this earth who can make that promise, but we do promise to help you get connected. For our province to grow we need all regions and all sectors of the economy to succeed. Whether you have lived in one town your entire life, you are just moving in, or you are moving back, we can all play a part in strengthening our community.

So, Welcome! Let’s Connect, and Let’s Get Started.

Ashley


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