It is estimated that around 70% of jobs are never advertised. It is important that you know how to tap into the hidden job market by networking effectively.
As well as a means of job hunting, networking is can also a good way of:
Networking is a creative activity and there are many ways to get started. Here are some ideas:
Such as family members, friends, teachers, course mates, colleagues; in fact people that you’ve met through any means at all! Do your contacts work in the area that you’re interested in? Even if not, it is worth letting them know that you’re looking for work in a particular area because they may know someone who could help.
Most sectors have professional bodies which are involved in activities such as: lobbying, accrediting courses, publishing trade magazines, running networking events and providing careers information. Some also publish member directories on their websites.
Business networking groups are often set up to support professionals to find work, build partnerships and to exchange ideas.
To find a professional body or networking group look up the Prospects occupational profile for your intended career and select 'contacts and resources.'
Careers fairs are advertised on as well as on Prospects.
Also consider attending or even taking part in trade shows, competitions, exhibitions or performances. Find out what's going on through professional bodies and networking groups, reading the trade press, looking at 'what's on' guides to theatres, galleries or event halls and by using your contacts.
These allow you to connect with an almost limitless amount of people and their potential for career networking is huge. Choose your sites carefully. Sites such as Facebook are usually used for social purposes whereas sites such as LinkedIn are more professional. Remember that you may be giving away access to personal information so ensure that you appear professional online by editing what you share and reviewing your security settings.