There is no denying that if you’re not networking online these days you are definitely missing out on a big piece of the action. That said I don’t think that the importance of F2F (face-to-face) networking can be underestimated, especially in a community that is as small as Victoria is (you will undoubtedly find that no matter where you go in the city you’re bound to run in to people that know someone you know or went to school with a friend or live down the street from someone you used to work with and so on).
What are the must-joins for job seekers in Victoria? I would suggest the LinkedIn ‘Victoria Jobs BC’ group – simply login to LinkedIn and then search for it (you are on LinkedIn aren’t you? if not you should be!). Check out all the resources on the F2F (face-to-face) networking page to see if any of them have newsletters or forums or Facebook pages you can peruse as well as Twitter accounts that you can follow.
You should also check out associations, unions and organizations to do with your profession – for example the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals or the Victoria Legal Support Staff Association. They may have various online ways for you to get involved with what’s going on in your line of work in Victoria as well as allow you to raise your profile and get yourself known – always a tough task when you are new to a place or making a change from one type of job to another.