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Making the Most of ContactPoint

 

Congratulations! You just registered as a member on the ContactPoint online community for career development practitioners. Now what? This page will explore some of the ways you can get the maximum out of your membership on ContactPoint.

 

Jobs for career professionals

Did you know that ContactPoint has a job board for career professionals in Canada? Better yet: this job board is FREE to use for both jobseekers and employers, gets more than 15,000 visits each month, and advertises jobs that are specifically for career development professionals. All you need to do to post a job is to log in to your ContactPoint account.

Whether you are a Canadian career professional looking for work or an employer with a career development vacancy to fill, this is your one-stop shop for jobs in our field!

 

Free resources for time-strapped practitioners

We understand that, as a career professional, you dedicate your life to helping your clients with their careers, but might have limited time and resources to dedicate to yourself. This is why ContactPoint is home to an extensive directory of resources to help you in your work and your own career development.

The directory caters to researchers (literature searches on career development topics, CERIC’s Researcher Database, the latest reports published in the field, list of journals and magazines), practitioners (blogs, podcasts, videos and webinar recordings targeted to career professionals, workshop facilitation tools, career exploration tools), career centre managers (promising practices in career development, mentoring resources, awards for career professionals), aspiring career professionals (education programs, associations for career professionals, list of organizations that employ career professionals) and career experts working with specific client groups (Aboriginal clients, rural settings, ex-offenders, students, etc.).

There’s a lot to explore! Take some time today to have a look at what our directory of resources has to offer. Keep in mind that most of these resources are available for free online, and that, as a ContactPoint member, you can contribute to this directory by adding new resources to it.

 

Great reads for career developers

There are a gazillion blogs for jobseekers out there. But guess what? It’s much harder to find good reads that are targeted to your needs as a career development professional. Once again, ContactPoint is there for you.

The archives of Careering magazine, CERIC’s publication for Canadian career development professionals, are available for free on ContactPoint, as are the archives of the weekly CareerWise newsletter, going all the way back to the first issue. The archives of Careering’s predecessor, The Bulletin, are also archived on ContactPoint and you can access them for free as well. By the way, did you know you could submit articles for Careering magazine? Get in touch with contactpoint@ceric.ca for more information on requirements and timelines.

ContactPoint also publishes articles from students who participate in CERIC’s Graduate Student Engagement Program in the GSEP Corner, as well as book reviews of interest to Canadian career professionals.

On ContactPoint’s Blogger Central, you can read posts from our regular bloggers or our guest writers. Also, do not miss our Career Development wiki, a people-powered encyclopedia of career development to which ContactPoint members are invited to contribute!

If this is not reading enough for you, check out ContactPoint’s directory of resources for a list of great blogs for career development professionals.

 

Networking from your desk

When the ContactPoint website was relaunched in 2013, it became a true online community, a vehicle members can use to interact with each other and network.

Members can find other career professionals with interests similar to their own by using the groups – either by joining a group of like-minded professionals, or by creating a group around a specific aspect of career development (MBTI specialists, career developers in Saskatchewan, etc.). All members of the ContactPoint online community are encouraged to join the Open ContactPoint group.

Any news you’d like to share? Maybe you are looking to attract delegates to your organization’s conference, or maybe you just want to share a great new career initiative you just heard about. You can do that on the News of the Career Development Sector forum. Every forum update will appear on ContactPoint’s homepage, giving your news maximum visibility.

Your membership on ContactPoint also enables you to contribute to pretty much the whole website – you can add job postings, upcoming events, great online resources for career professionals, you can contribute to the Career Development wiki, submit a blog post (at contactpoint@ceric.ca), comment on nearly every page of the website, start discussions, post status updates… and much more!

So, as you see, there is much to gain by completing your member profile on ContactPoint and connecting with your colleagues in the career development field.

 

Get out there!

One of the most loved features on ContactPoint is the Learning section, which lists events you can attend for your own professional development. These listings are being kept up-to-date constantly by both ContactPoint members and CERIC staff.

There you will be able to browse upcoming conferences, workshops, webinars and courses for career professionals.

If you have something to share with your colleagues in the career development world, check out the Call for Presenters section and give a talk at a conference – a great way to build your brand as a career professional!

We also post information about upcoming job fairs and career weeks, so that you can let your clients know where and when they will happen.

 

Any questions or comments about ContactPoint or any of the great perks listed above? Get in touch with contactpoint@ceric.ca. We’re always glad to receive feedback from the community!

 

 

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