The Power of Community
By Conny Lee.
“Great things are brought about and burdens are lightened through the efforts of many hands anxiously engaged in a good cause.” – M. Russell Ballard
When Career Professionals of Canada launched a Facebook Group, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I quickly learned, though, is that the members of this CPC group are amazing in their willingness to answer questions. Everyone is eager to help. I’ve even enjoyed the privilege of having phone and email conversations with a few members when I first launched my business.
What transpired through interaction with this group has been incredible; an even stronger bond between career professionals was born, further cementing my belief in the power of community.
Within this group are professional résumé writers, recruiters, career and employment coaches, human resources professionals, and career practitioners in the not-for-profit sector, all working towards a common goal: helping people with their careers.
The three biggest benefits I’ve noted since being a part of the CPC Facebook community are:
Mutual Support: The members of CPC’s Facebook Group are willing and ready to offer their expertise and resources. Oftentimes, when a question or comment is posted, it’s acknowledged or answered within a matter of hours, and sometimes even within minutes. We celebrate each other’s wins and support each other through our challenges.
Collective Intelligence: With the great mix of career professionals participating in our group, resources are shared and saved for easy reference later on. You’ll find interesting discussions on industry trends and new developments, tools to help serve clients better or make life easier, and research projects that members are working on to improve the career development industry.
Sense of Belonging: Many of my friends and family members don’t quite appreciate my fascination with career development, but this group does. It’s a safe forum to express how you’re feeling about career-related topics, ask questions that others outside our profession may not relate to, and offer your own perspective free from judgment.
If you’re a career professional serving the Canadian market and are looking to be part of a supportive and knowledgeable community, I’d highly suggest not only joining Career Professionals of Canada (if you’re not already enjoying the benefits of membership) but also becoming a member of our active and highly supportive Facebook Group!