Community Outreach Recap

Supporting Women's Employability

September 17, 2020
On September 17, Community Outreach Committee vice-chair, Tina Wolf, Business Development Manager of Vestacon and Myah Ollek, Commercial Sales Representative of CBRE, hosted a virtual interview skills workshop for the participants in the Administrative Certificate Program at YWCA Toronto.

2020 president, Farrah Khimji, moderated a panel of women with varied professional development stories and career paths. The panelists were:

Anna Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer, KingSett Capital & 2018 Past President;
Karen Sweet, Senior Manager, Financial Services, Accenture & Data Committee Chair;
Simone O’Mathuna, Director of Operations, Sid Lee; and
Amanda Fediuc, Senior Business Partner – People, CBRE.

The discussion focused on the unique challenges of conducting a job search during the COVID-19 pandemic. Advice imparted by the panelists included:
  • Be yourself in an interview. The interviewer needs a sense of who you are and how you might fit in with the team.
  • Make it easy for recruiters to find you. Keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date and include key words that they might search for.
  • Be true to your values. Employers want employees who are aligned with the values of the organization – beyond the skills required to do the job – but it’s equally important that you enjoy what you are doing.
  • Be a continuous learner. There are ample online resources to support your professional development. Take advantage of every opportunity to learn something new to keep your mind sharp and your skills relevant.
Following the panel, Toronto CREW volunteers held one-on-one sessions with attendees to review and provide feedback on their resume.

A heartfelt thank you to our panelists and volunteers for sharing their expertise, and to the Community Outreach Committee for coordinating this workshop that supports women in our community.

YWCA Toronto's Administrative Certificate Program Toronto is a 2020 grant recipient of Toronto CREW’s philanthropy initiatives that are overseen by the Community Outreach Committee.