Manukau Courier : December 7th 2010
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You might also be frus- trated by the fact that the advertised jobs you do apply for rarely get you an interview. That s often because published job ads are seen by hundreds of people, many of whom send in applications. It can be hard to stand out in such a large crowd, even if you are well qualified for the job. There s no doubt it can be disheartening. You re not alone, but the good news is the hid- den job market is there for you to access no mat- ter what stage of your career you re at. It just takes a bit more effort to find it. Sohowdoyoufinda job that s hidden? It starts with knowing what it is you would like to do, then taking the initiative of contacting the places you would like to work and getting to know them personally. This is called building your personal job search network. Job search networking is about making con- nections with people who can either give you infor- mation about potential job openings, or intro- duce you to others who have this information. Networking shouldn t be limited to casual conversations with people you meet. It should be an active and strategic campaign to contact people and busi- nesses for ideas, sugges- tions and information. As you go about your networking, it s vital that your CV is up to date, easy to read and with your most recent and relevant career information. You should then decide who you would like to approach and then research as much as you can about their company. There is absolutely nothing stopping you from approaching busi- nesses or organisations that interest you to find out more about what they are looking for. Don t be afraid to ask for help. People are usually happy and flattered to help others if they can. You have nothing to lose either by phoning or meeting with your con- tacts. If you don t make the connection, you won t know if there is good information or a job lead. If you do speak with them, you may be suc- cessful. At the very worst you ll feel a bit uncom- fortable. But being pre- pared will make the dis- cussions easier. More often than not, you ll make an impr- ession with your initiat- ive and stick in their mind, which will help if and when a job oppor- tunity does arise. Of course, you should still look out for and apply for the jobs you see in the newspaper and online. Read the ads closely and you ll get an idea of the sorts of things employers are looking for, which can keep you one step ahead in your personal networking. Keep in mind, though, that it can be a costly and time consuming pro- cess for businesses and organisations to adver- tise, interview, research and decide on the right person for a new job. However, if that busi- ness already knows someone that would be perfect for the job they have going, it s more likely they will offer the job to that person and save the time and money they would have spent on advertising. If that person is you, then congratulations! You will have just found a job in the hidden job market! Recently, a young man who sought the assist- ance of Career Services and successfully found a position through the hid- den job market told the company that following the advice to approach companies himself was the turning point in his career. It was the moment when I realised that I could go out and make my life happen, rather than waiting for it to happen to me, he says. For more information on the various resources and tools available from Career Services to help you in your personal job search, visit the web site www.careers.govt.nz or phone the advice line on 0800 222 733. Bipolar stories Caught Between Sun- shine and Shadow is a collection of poetry and prose from more than 30 New Zealanders sharing their experiences of liv- ing with bipolar disorder. The book was laun- ched yesterday and is is long overdue says its edi- tor Georgie Tutt. It provides a voice for Kiwis who have bipolar and who are managing their condition and living fulfilled lives despite their diagnosis. It also provides hope for others who might not be man- aging or for their friends, partners and caregivers who want to support them along their journey to wellness, she says.
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