Some of the best sources of information about the hidden job market are your friends and family. Ask them if they have heard about anybody who might be hiring staff. If they don't know of any, suggest that they ask their friends and family for leads. Just think if you have five friends and each of them have five friends you have twenty five people looking for job leads for you. Another good job finding practice is to make asking about job openings part of your conversation with everyone. When you go to the store ask the cashier if they know of any openings. Remember they might talk to hundreds of people each day they could have heard of something too.
There is a secret formula to asking for job information and it is all based on the belief that everyone wants to be helpful. Here is a sample conversation:
You - " Hey, do you know of any job openings where you work or that you have heard of around the city?"
Them - " No not right now"
You - " Do you know anybody else who might know? Could you ask around for me?"
Them - " I might know some people I'll ask them and get back to you."
You - " Thanks I'll call you in a couple days to see if you have found anything"
This is a sample conversation where you can get some friends and family helping you. If you ask five people who ask five people who ask five people you have 125 people looking for you. Chances are they will find you some good quality leads.
Robert - Vocational Counsellor