Whether you’re in the process of becoming a veteran, looking for your next career opportunity, or thinking about starting a business, identifying and connecting with your own Friendly Forces network can help you achieve your goals.

“Friendly Forces” is a military term that basically means the people who are likely to be on your side, that you can count on to help you out in a tough spot. 

Whether you’re in the process of becoming a veteran, looking for your next career opportunity, or thinking about starting a business, identifying and connecting with your own Friendly Forces can help you achieve your goals a lot faster than trying to do it all on your own.

This course is literally based on a successful talk that I’ve been delivering to the participants of the 8 Wing Trenton Canadian Armed Forces Second Career Assistance Network (SCAN) since 2017.

While I was speaking to a group of military members and their families, the lessons shared in this course are transferable to anyone who wants to learn how to be more comfortable with networking. Trust me, there are Friendly Forces out there!

This course is a free, on demand, self-paced program, packed with short videos, pdf handouts, quizzes, and a couple of surveys, to share Networking tips with you, so you can expand your own team of Friendly Forces. There’s even an optional homework assignment! And bonus content to help with job searches and informational interviews. 

Estimated time of completion ranges from 30 minutes to as long as you want.  After all, you may choose to savour the experience and complete only 1 lesson a day. 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Meet Chantal!

    • How to use this course

    • Discussion Page & Rules of Engagement

    • Before we begin, a quick survey...

  • 2

    Let's talk about Networking!

    • Networking Friendly Forces pdf version of slides

    • Why should I care about Networking? video

    • Why should I care about Networking quiz

  • 3

    What is Networking?

    • What is Networking?

    • What is Networking quiz

  • 4

    Friendly Forces: Who are they and where can I find them?

    • Friendly Forces video

    • Friendly Forces Quiz

  • 5

    When to Engage (or Network)

    • When to Network video

    • When to Network quiz

  • 6

    Networking Rules of Engagement

    • Rules of Engagement video

    • Networking Rules of Engagement quiz

  • 7

    Questions and Answers

    • Questions and Answers video

    • Quiz for Question and Answer video

  • 8

    Bonus Materials

    • Job Search Tips

    • Informational Interview Tips

  • 9

    Next Steps...

    • More information for you

    • Homework!

    • eBook Networking: Identifying and Connecting with Friendly Forces

    • Printer Friendly version of eBook Networking: Identifying and Connecting with Friendly Forces. No images, only text and links.

    • Before you go...

Let's Get Networking!

Identify and Connect with your Friendly Forces


From real people who've participated in this session

First Graduate, on demand course

Charmaine Grace, Life Coach

Chantal did a wonderful job of presenting this Networking information. I found it easy to follow with important information included. Thank you, Chantal.

Veteran new to networking

Michael O, CAF Veteran, planning his second career

In 2019 when I first heard the title Networking: Identifying & Connecting with Friendly Forces I didn't know if the information would pertain to my specific transition from the CAF to the civilian sector. I knew little on the subject of networking or how it might one day play a significant role in my release and subsequent second career path. Fast forward to today where my release is quickly approaching and I'm embarking on a journey into a completely unknown industry post-release. Now understanding how to reach well beyond my military bubble into an entirely different field of work and culture it will undoubtedly play a key role in a successful transition. The information Chantal conveys works to help bridge the gap between CAF Veteran's strengths and potential civilian employers, future colleges, customers and other business acquaintances you will no doubt encounter on your journey

Testimonial for Live Session

Nathalie Godden, WO, HRA Manager

I had the pleasure of attending Chantal’s virtual presentation during the Second Career Assistance Network (SCAN). Chantal is an excellent speaker and engages with her audience at every opportunity. As many of us attending the SCAN, may be considering employment post CAF, or starting a new venture, I found her presentation on point and targeted for her audience. Indeed “who are our friendly forces” when it comes to networking/marketing ourselves? She encourages her listeners to explore where those friendly forces may lie, motivates us to make allies, create trust and build relationships. In her networking presentation, as in life, she emphasize that we shouldn’t merely ask what’s in it for me? But what can we, collectively, share/gain by collaborating with each other? I think it’s a fine lesson to master.