Up to 80% of all jobs are never advertised on the open market and are filled through internal advertising, speculative applications, word of mouth or through contacts. How can you access these vacancies?
- Temporary work can give you access to internal vacancies. Profile your skills, establish contacts and build a reputation.
- Networking can help you access information and identify future opportunities.
- Speculative applications are most effective if you research the organisation thoroughly before sending off your application. Target your CV and cover letter, identifying the benefits you could bring.
- Find out where new projects have been awarded and which departments are short-staffed. Make contact before new jobs are advertised and offer your services freelance or on a trial basis.
- Let others know what you are looking for - ask them to identify contacts and opportunities.
- Previous employers, past lecturers and colleagues may help you. Think about contacts made at conferences and events.
- Join a professional association and look for work-shadowing. Do target organisations have open days or visits?
- Use employer presentations and careers fairs to investigate possible job roles.
- Write articles for professional journals, trade magazines and relevant media.
- Use professional blogs and network sites and ensure your web presence is up-to-date and appropriate.
- e-portfolio - use an e-portfolio to showcase your research and experience and maximise your impact in search engines.