Kerene Strochnetter, Senior Career Management Consultant
There are two approaches to finding what you’re looking for. You can either reply to advertisements (on Seek, Trademe, LinkedIn, company websites, in the newspaper) or enlist people you know to help you. Once jobs are advertised your competition increases significantly. So I suggest putting your energy and attention on the invisible job market (that’s the jobs that haven’t yet been advertised or even created yet) by letting people know what you’re looking for – and that means networking. While it’s pretty common to feel uncomfortable about networking, it helps to assure people that you’re not asking for a job, you’d just like to get their advice, some more information and perhaps a referral if they know someone they’d be happy to connect you with.
Call to action:
- Make a list of people you know who are able to provide you with advice, information and referrals.
- Each day contact one person on your list - offer to buy coffee and assure them that you’re not asking for a job. Be clear about your intention (advice, information and possibly referrals).
- Communicate clearly what you’re looking for (your ideal position) so it’s easier for people to assist you.