Offline job hunting
Many jobs are not advertised. This creates a 'hidden' job market where information about jobs is circulated through employers' networks, co-workers, business associates, friends and acquaintances. Positions may also be created by employers in response to a direct approach from a job hunter. This approach demonstrates the job hunters motivation and ability to find solutions to a problem.
If job hunters are only looking for jobs on job search sites this could be limiting their chances of a successful outcome.
Finding hidden opportunities takes some work. 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.
You will need to start by researching employers and looking at their website to see if any careers information is provided. Looking at past and present job vacancies will show you the type of skills the company is looking for, whether they employ at a particular time of the year. It may also give some idea about their application process.
If employers have their contact details available, you should contact them directly to discuss how they take on apprentices and trainees. Make sure you have done your research first and don't ask anything shown on their website or social media. Be prepared with some information about yourself, and a resume and cover letter you can give to them.
Some other ways to find a potential employer:
- You can call the employer to ask about the skills they recruit and if they use apprenticeships and traineeships. Ask if you can provide an application for future positions.
- Volunteering is another option. This will help you meet employers and develop your networks. At the very least you will have practical experience to put on your resume.
- Register with a GTO (Group Training Organisation)
Tap into your networks
The people in your networks can help you find job vacancies, and might be able to refer you for positions. In order to do so, they will need to know what industry and occupations you are interested in.
Talk with your networks about your career planning and what you are looking for. Ask your networks to let you know if they hear about opportunities, and whether they know any employers you could get in contact with.
You can continue developing your professional networks by attending industry events, or by making connections through social media. These are valuable ways to meet potential employers, and to find out more about the industry or occupation you are interested in.
Guide to Approaching Employers
Start with a list of potential employers and contact them to see whether they have any openings or are interested in taking on an apprentice or trainee.