Most job vacancies are not advertised via media (newspapers, online etc) and therefore it is important to find opportunities in the 'hidden job market' through other means, such as networking.
Networking is a way to find career opportunities through non-traditional means. It involves making connections with people who may have knowledge about available positions that are not advertised. Most of us know more people than we realise but do not realise how valuable our contacts could be to gaining employment.
Employers often rely on the advice of friends or recommendations. This means if you know someone who can recommend you to an employer, you have an advantage.
Get started by drawing up a list of people you know, which can include:
The next step is starting to make contact with people. You may have priorities, such as those with the closest link to the type of work you are looking for. However, you do not necessarily need to make contact with those who have high positions in organisations. Anyone connected with an organisation can have valuable information about upcoming or current job vacancies.
Part of networking involves maintaining relationships with people who can:
Ways to expand your network include: