"The number of jobs on offer to graduates is increasing but the market remains competitive." gradireland.com
These can include any positions that appear on any of the following:
The 'hidden job market' refers to any available employment opportunity which is not advertised publicly. Finding a job this way holds many advantages over the more obvious method of waiting for a position to appear and then applying for it. It usually means that you are not in direct competition with as many other applicants, have time to fully research the potential employer without the concern of application deadlines, and present yourself as someone who is 'keen to help'.
To access this market you will need to begin by selecting a number of potential employers. Use professional body websites, trade magazines, the Golden Pages etc to locate companies / organisations that fall into the area that you are interested in. Never underestimate the power of networking and the usefulness of telling people that you are looking for a certain type of position.
Find out as much as you can about the employer by researching them online, seeking any company literature they have published, phoning them to get further information or speaking to a supervisor in the department you are interested in working. Define what they need, and then present yourself as someone who can be be of use to them – someone who is capable, interested, qualified and skilled using your CV, cover letter, phone calls, emails or personal visit etc
Use the links below for more information on Networking and Speculative Applications
Why should I network?
Networking is a valuable tool in finding out about a particular career area and in seeking out employment opportunities in that area. It is estimated that advertised jobs are only about 25% of jobs actually available. Many employers, rather than spending money on advertising vacancies, fill available jobs through recommendations, referrals, word of mouth or from Speculative Applications.
When should I network?
Before you start networking you should have done some initial career research. You need to have worked through Discover your Career - Step 1(what you are interested in, what skills and abilities you have) and Discover your Career - Step 2 (occupational research on career areas of interest to you). You may have started building your network with Information Interviews as part of your occupational research.
How do I Network?
Say, for example, you want to find out about careers in advertising? Start with your own friends and family, do you know anyone or know of anyone who works in that area? – ask around! Maybe you don’t know anyone working directly in advertising but you know someone working in sales – they may have contacts in advertising – ask if they can put you in touch with someone they know. Now things are starting! When you talk to you new contact, ask if they can suggest someone else for you to talk to…now you’re building a network.
Networking opportunities include:
- Friends and relatives / Friends of relatives / Relatives of friends
- Tutors, lecturers
- Past teachers and past employers
- Members of clubs and societies
- People mentioned in newspapers, magazines, professional journals
- Ex-graduates from your institution - many universities now have networks of these who can help you
- Part-time work which will enhance your industry knowledge and enable you to meet people in your target career area
- Voluntary work to build experience and show your commitment – remember to be clear about what you are offering to do and for how long;
- Industry internships and keeping in touch with colleagues you met on your placement
- Professional associations, which may run networking events/conferences or useful training where you can develop new links
- Employers presentations/stands on-campus and careers fairs, speaking with representatives from many organisations in one place
- Online professional networking websites - LinkedIn is a popular example that allows you to build an online profile, widen your network and join groups within your industry
- When seeking out contacts you will need to be proactive, it takes work but is worth it. The Career Development Centre Employer Listings and Job-Search Resources are useful resources.
- Actively pursue contacts within your chosen industry
- Publicise your name and interests, making it easier for those in your field to approach you and suggest collaborations
- Keep in touch with people you come into contact with, i.e. friends, tutors, past colleagues and prospective employers etc.
Speculative Applications can build on your Informational Interviewing and Networking and involve submitting a CV and Cover Letter (samples in Word format available in Useful Resources - Maynooth University log-in required) to an employer and asking whether they have openings for which you are suitable.
Having done your research you will already know
about the employers - what they do, the type of roles for which you would be suitable
about yourself - what skills, abilities and experience you have and how this meets the employers needs
What do I do?
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