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In New Zealand, many jobs are never advertised. To access this ‘hidden’ job market, you’ll need to commit time and energy and take a focused, positive and active approach. In particular:
This method involves making a direct approach to organisations to enquire about job opportunities. You’ll need to research the organisation and aim to contact a named person. Be prepared with the questions you need to ask, what you want to say about yourself and know what you want from this approach. Practise beforehand. Don't be put off if there are no vacancies. Offer to send your CV for their files and make contact regularly to discuss possible new opportunities.
Some organisations offer the ability to register your interest in working for them, often by completing an on-line form. If you do this, the onus is on you to keep in touch with the organisation.
When looking for organisations to contact, use search engines and web directories such as Index NZ.
This is often more time-consuming, but networking can be more effective than making speculative applications. It involves using people you know, and people they know, as a source for contacts and personal referral. In this it’s important that you do not ask for a job on your initial approach to the business contact. Instead, ask for information and advice – this is often referred to as an informational interview. Central to this is that they are information-seeking approaches. Their purpose, at least initially, is for you to find out more about:
You should aim to keep the lines of communication open for any future opportunities and, done properly, informational interviews can be a great way of accessing information about the hidden job market - from contacts that you have spent time building a professional relationship with.
Crucially however, established relationships such as these can lead to opportunistic hires. By this we mean that you may gain advance notice of a role that's about to be advertised, or may find that a role is created for you that didn't previously exist.
In undertaking informational interviews then, one of your major goals should be to project your professional personal brand. This should encompass who you are as a person; how you could add value to the organisation that hires you and how you would do this in a unique way. Stress skills and qualities that you have that would be a major asset to the organisation, show your awareness of problems or challenges that they face and offer solutions to these based upon your past experiences of problem-solving (which may have been in any aspect of your life).
For more information on the above see:
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It’s increasingly likely that you are involved in social networking. What may surprise you however, is the number of potential (and current) employers who will look for the on-line presence of employees and job applicants. As a result, it is crucial that you think about your presence there and what it might say about you.
For more on this topic see:
This is a professional networking site that operates worldwide. For many job seekers it’s an invaluable resource that can be used to develop a professional identity and project your ‘brand’, to network and build career-related knowledge. To use LinkedIn professionally, you’ll need to update your profile there on a regular basis. Additionally, you’re likely to choose to be active in relevant groups and to share your experiences, advice and expertise with others.
Find out more through the video below, by joining our LinkedIn group and by participating in one of our regular LinkedIn workshops and seminars – you can access details of these through the ‘Events’ tab on Massey CareerHub.
These exist for a broad range of roles and many encourage student membership. By joining relevant professional associations you’ll be better able to network with people working in career areas that interest you; make yourself known to them and access advice about employment; trends in the sector and about roles and potential employers. This networking can occur on-line or through attendance at local and national events hosted by the association – many have very active branch networks.
Additionally, many professional associations carry ‘job opportunities’ and ‘work wanted’ sections on their websites, sometimes accessible only to members. Coupled with this, some offer on-line journals which allow you to keep up to date with the profession concerned; discussion forums and details of professional development opportunities.
Note too, that some professional associations are employer bodies or have corporate members. These are often listed on their website in the form of a members directory or in a links section. Such listings can be useful if you are considering making speculative applications (see above).
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016