5.1 Job Search

Employment contacts
Download 1 – Telephone tips and techniques
Download 2 – Cold calling scenarios
Video 1 – Job search tips
Video 2 – Job search advice


The traditional method of looking for work involves reading job ads, pounding the pavement and sending out a lot of CV’s. While this is still an option, there are many other alternatives that may be more effective. Just remember, everyone’s job search is different.

You will want to decide what combination of strategies outlined below suits your personal needs. Using a variety of methods will increase your likelihood of finding employment. Accessing both the advertised and unadvertised job markets is a good place to start.

Follow up is an important element of every job search strategy you use. Whether you have posted a CV, answered a newspaper ad or made a cold call, contacting the employer again by mail or phone can be very effective.

Advertised Jobs tend to be in newspapers and on job boards in local employment offices. Many newspapers and employment office now duplicate these adverts online so it is useful to build up a list of these websites and check them regularly. Remember, this represents only about 20 per cent of what’s out there, so don’t stop at this point.

Unadvertised positions account for the majority of job opportunities. We all have a built-in network that we can use to access this job market, even if we aren’t aware of it.

The people you already know are only one part of an effective network. There are also people in the job market who can provide leads and referrals.

Establishing Employment Contacts

Now that your friends and family know you are looking for work, it’s time to branch out into the unknown. People in the industry or job you are interested in may be valuable sources of information. But how do you contact people with whom you have no prior ties? One option is “cold calling”.

Cold calling means contacting people with whom you have not had any previous contact. It can take many different forms, from a phone call to actually completing a telephone interview. The key to cold calling is to be prepared for anything. At any point in the process, you could find yourself dealing directly with the person who is responsible for hiring. You must always be ready to sell yourself and your skills.

Although it is becoming more common, cold calling is one of the most intimidating tasks of the job search. Making a “cold call” can be a scary proposition. The key to success is preparation. Click on the links below to help start you preparation.

Telephone Tips and Techniques – Some things to keep in mind when using the telephone for job search

Cold Calling Scenarios – A useful chart of possible scenarios during a telephone cold call and how to respond to each scenario.

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