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Step Three - Job Hunting

Job hunting involves checking out the regular places jobs are advertised as well as looking for the 'hidden' job market where job information is circulated through employers' networks.

Positions may also be created by employers in response to direct approaches from job hunters as this approach demonstrates their motivation and the ability to find solutions to a problem.

 Did you know that most job openings are not advertised?

Did you know that most job openings are not advertised?

This is commonly referred to as the ‘hidden’ job market.

Youth Central has some great tips and hints on tapping into the Hidden Job Market.

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The 'Hidden' Job Market

The hidden job market refers to the many job vacancies out there that are not advertised.

Information about available work is circulated through employers’ networks, co-workers, business associates, friends and acquaintances.

Researching and connecting with these networks is important when looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship.

If job hunters are only looking for jobs on job search sites this could be limiting the chances of a successful outcome.

Finding hidden opportunities takes some work so job hunters must have a specific industry or occupation in mind so they can target their efforts. The best approaches include using networks such as family and friends, current and previous employers or colleagues, and through direct contact with employers in the specific industry.

Start by researching major employers and then look over their website to see any careers information provided. Looking at past, and of course present, job vacancies indicates the type of skills the company is looking for, whether they employ at a particular time of the year and they may give some idea about their application process.

Job hunters can call the employer to ask about the skills they recruit, if they use apprenticeships and traineeships, when they recruit and if you could provide an application for future positions.  

Making the Most of Networks

Why do I need a Network?

Many jobs are in the hidden job market, positions that employers hope to fill through personal contacts or even by people who approach them directly.

If you're job hunting the people you know can help connect you with employers. Each person helps form a broad network using their own knowledge, experience and contacts to help you. 

Who should be in my Network?

Chances are you already have a network. At its centre are the people closest to you, your family and friends including your social media contacts.

Your network can also include your acquaintances, everyone you know socially. The minute you ask an acquaintance if he or she has heard about a job opening, you are making that person part of your network.

Here are some people to consider:

  • neighbours and family friends;
  • employers and co-workers;
  • club members;
  • teammates and classmates;
  • teachers and coaches;
  • community leaders.

How do I use my Networks?

Let people around you know about the industry or occupations that interest you and ask them for any employer contacts they may have and to be alert to any opportunities that may come up.

Keep having conversations with people to let them know you're still job hunting, and put yourself in situations where you can meet new people.

Keep researching sources of information that may provide lists of employers, such as industry associations.

Researching Potential Employers

Use the Yellow Pages directory or a search engine such as Google to find local employers who may be interested in employing the targeted apprenticeship or traineeship job.

Make a list of these employers, including contact details such as their address, phone number and website.

For example, here are useful search terms for some specific industries:

  • Aircraft maintenance and repair - airlines, aeronautical 
  • Animal care - veterinary clinic, animal shelter or animal welfare agencies, pet grooming
  • Childcare - child care centers, after school care centres
  • Train or locomotive driving - local train or rail providers

Start by looking over an employer's website before you make contact. The site may provide valuable information about the employer's industry and how they recruit. Looking at past, and of course present, job vacancies indicates the type of skills the company is looking for, whether the employer recruits at a particular time of the year and it may give some idea about the employer's application process.

Contacting employers

Contacting employers

When applying for an apprenticeship or traineeship with an employer who does not have a position listed on their website, it is best to contact them directly by phone and ask to speak to the person responsible for hiring new staff.

If they are not available ask for the person's name, job title and email address, and contact them through email.

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Step Four - Sign Up

Becoming an Australian Apprentice involves signing a formal training contract with an employer. Click the button below for more information about step 4.

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