Another year has come and gone, which means another Women & Automotive: Canadian Leadership Forum is here! Having been fortunate enough to attend every event to date, I’m very excited to be hosting a panel at this year’s event.
This year’s conference, happening March 29, will focus on accountability, networking, innovation, leadership and mentorship.
I was fortunate enough to connect with one of the panelists on the “How Networking Replaced Resumes – Making Connections that Matter” discussion I will be moderating.
Alex Collins, the director of operations for ADESA Canada, had some great insights.
Logan Keirstead: How has networking changed for you in the digital age?
Alex Collins: Firstly, with tools like LinkedIn, networking has become much more accessible. Face
to-face meeting coupled with digital media has made it easier to network with more people, to stay aware of current and emerging trends and have meaningful exchanges in information.
LK: What is one valuable tip you have for making a positive first impression?
AC: One valuable tip for making a positive first impression is using your body language to project confidence, making eye contact and having a firm handshake.
LK: Do you actively participate in any networking groups online or off-line to help you build quality connections?
AC: I do actively participate in online networking groups, I have my profile on LinkedIn, which I use to expand my professional network. It is a way of sharing industry-relevant content, engaging with your colleagues and showcasing my abilities.
According to Alex, the tide has definitely turned. Online platforms and networking has outpaced the value of a resume. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an up to date CV though; many companies still require paperwork to validate their hires.
I think we can all agree as to the value that LinkedIn and social media has brought to our everyday lives, networking and career growth. I would encourage anyone reading this article, or attending the ARC conferences, to network on LinkedIn with other attendees prior to the conference.
Introduce yourself and send them a personal message about what you’re looking forward to at the conference, or how you came across their contact information. Networking that gets started online often results in quality interactions off-line.
Alex Collins and I look forward to connecting with you online and offline at the Women & Automotive: Canadian Leadership Forum on March 29.
Logan Keirstead is the director of national sales at Accu-Trade Canada. She will moderating the “How Networking Replaced Resumes — Making Connections that Matter” panel discussion at the Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum.