With so many candidates applying for the same positions, how are you going to ensure you give yourself the greatest chance of securing that prized role?
Landing the ideal first job can be difficult, especially if you’re an inexperienced first-time job seeker. With so many candidates applying for the same positions, how are you going to ensure you give yourself the greatest chance of securing that prized role?
The hidden job market
Published author and career development expert Randall S. Hansen says “Career experts estimate that the vast majority of job openings are never advertised or publicly announced, but filled through word-of-mouth or networking - known as the ‘hidden job market.’”
The best place to start building your network is with your family, friends and neighbours, and with their associates. But don’t stop there! We’ve gathered 4suggestions to help you network your way to a new job:
Build a network
Associate yourself with connected individuals at school, university, church, volunteer organisations and generally everywhere you see an opportunity, to improve and expand your network. Joining sports or social clubs and charity organisations is a great way to meet people.
Your online options
Use job sites such as Careers24 to get your personal professional profile out on the market. Connect online with influential people and follow them on social networks to be the first to know of new opportunities.
Consult recruitment agencies
Approach the professionals: recruitment agencies have an excellent knowledge of the labour market and possess a large network. As such they can usually get you in quick contact with great companies, as well as jobs that are not advertised.
Find a mentor
Find an influential individual with an established network. They’ll be able to connect you with potential employers and lead you in the right direction, while helping you to develop yourself professionally.
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