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Where Oh Where Have All the Jobs Gone? Samantha Timbers, Employment Facilitator, Newmarket Employment Resource Centre

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Samantha Timbers is an Employment Facilitator at the Newmarket Employment Resource Centre.
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Where oh where have all the jobs gone? Oh where, oh where, can they be?

Feeling this way lately? Psssst! Let me let you in on a big job search tip - 80% of the jobs are not advertised!


Getting support from people while you are job searching is the KEY to getting a job. Support from others does NOT mean asking people if they have a job for you. It simply means gathering information and getting advice for those who have the information you need.

So how do you get support? You ask questions and gather information from people. Itís that simple. Questions such as ''Do you know anyone I can speak to in the travel industry?'' can lead you in the right direction to discover job postings not publicly available or connect you to leads with others who are in your industry. The labour market and the economy are at the forefront of peoples minds these days. Take that opportunity to become informed about how you fit in with the current economy and the current labour market.

Embarrassed. Lazy. Loser. Pest. If this how you think others will look at you, you are wrong. When we are job searching we may go through many uncomfortable feelings and emotions. So what do you do? Stay at home, become isolated, look in the newspaper and search the Internet for your dream job? That may seem easier, but itís certainly not as effective. Statistics have proven that over 80% of jobs are never advertised in the newspaper or on the job search websites (although increasingly, jobs may be advertised on the employers' own web sites).

So how do employers find candidates if they are not posting publicly? They ask people. Their internal employees, friends, friends of friends, and relatives. Some companies have a financial referral incentive if an employee refers someone who is qualified to an open position and receive a finders fee ranging from $50 Ė $3,000 dollars.

Do yourself a favour. Start talking to your friends and acquaintances about your future career goals, let them know what skills you offer, ask a lot of questions and become an information sponge. You will be surprised at the leads you can gather.

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