There are many sources for job leads. Most job seekers search for employment through the job bank, newspaper ads, and various websites. Although these methods are an important part of your job search, many employers rely on their network to fill positions.
Networking is an effective way to make yourself known to potential employers as a suitable candidate for current or future job openings. Below are some resources to help you job search and network more effectively.
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- This info sheet provides sources of job leads, job search websites, and tips on planning your day.
- The "hidden job market" is where you will find potential job leads, learn about the labour market, and find new contacts. Learn why tapping into the hidden job market will boost your chances of success.
- The best way to start networking is with the people you know. Family, friends, past co-workers, volunteer groups etc. are some groups of people in your warm contact list. Remember – you are not necessarily asking your contacts for a job – you are asking for suggestions, ideas, new contacts, and enlisting them as an extra set of ears and eyes for job opportunities.
- Cold contacts consist of people you do not know. They can be referrals from family or friends, or come from your research of potential employers (newspaper, yellow pages, company websites etc.).
- The Informational Interview is a valuable networking technique. Job seekers use Informational Interviews to find unadvertised positions. 63% of jobs are found through this type of conversation. They can be conducted with warm or cold contacts.