GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE JOB SEARCH- Part 2:-Identifying your Job Opportunities

To identify and analyze the job market, you must conduct some marketing research to determine what industries and companies offer promising job opportunities that relate to the results of your self-analysis. Several sources that can help you in your search are discussed below.

2.1:- College Placement Officer


Your college placement office is an excellent source of job information. Personal in that office can (1) inform your about which companies will be recruiting on campus, (2) alert you to unexpected job vacancies or openings, (3) advise you about short -term and long-term career prospects, (4) offer advice on resume construction, (5) Assess your interviewing strengths and weaknesses and (6) help you evaluate a job offer. In addition, the office usually contains a variety of written materials focusing on different industries and companies and tips on job hunting. One major publication that maybe available in most college or campus placement offices is/or could be publications on Job Choices, which contains a list of employers, kinds of job opening for college graduates, and whom to contact about jobs in those firms.

2.2:- Library

The public or college library can provide you with reference materials that,  among other things, describes successful firms and their operations, defines the content of various jobs, and forecasts job opportunities. For example, there may be published directories with list of largest PNG and global companies and their respective sales and profit. A librarian can indicate reference materials that most pertinent to your job search.



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2.3:- Advertisements

 Help-wanted advertisements provide an overview of what is happening in the job market. Local news papers-particularly “ Post Courier “ and the “The National” newspapers and college newspapers and other magazines (such as sales and marketing Management) contains classified advertisement sections that generally have job vacancies or, often for entry-level positions. Reviewing the wanted ads can help you identify what kind of positions are available and their requirements and the job titles, which firms offer certain kind of jobs, and levels of compensation.

2.4:- Employment Agencies/Consulting Firms

An employment agency or job search consultants can make you aware of several job opportunities very quickly because of their large number of job listing available through computer databases. Many agencies or job consultants are specializing in a particular field (such as sales and marketing). The advantages of using an agency includes that it (1) reduces the cost of job search by brining applicants and employers together, (2) often has exclusive job listing available only by working through the department, (3) performs much of the job search for you, and (4) tries to find a job that is compatible with your qualifications and interests. Employment agencies are much maligned because some engage in questionable business practices, so check IPA or your business contact to determine the quality of the various agencies and job search consulting firms in the country. One of the best examples of consulting could be Brunel –they are based at the United Church Building Level 1, Down Town Port Moresby.

2.5:- Job Boards/Company websites

Job Boards and Company website have the most updated jobs available on for job seekers. There are resources for you to aid you in your job search. These website aid you by sending you job vacancies when there is a position vacant. However, you must first subscribe using your email address to get the most updated jobs and resources. There are also resources to help you with advice on job search. All application send to the job board are directly linked to employers who are seeking potential employee. Job boards are helpful and link both job seeker and employers. Some job boards perform the same function as a Recruitment Agency.

2.6:- Personal Contacts

An important source of job information that students and job seekers often overlook is their personal contacts. People you know often may know of job opportunities, so you should advise them that you are looking for a job. Relatives and friends might aid your jobs search. Instructors you know well and business contacts can provide a wealth of information about potential jobs and even help arrange an interview with prospective employers. They may also help arrange “informational interview”  with employers who do not have immediate openings or vacancies. These interviews allow you to collect information about an industry or an employer and give a advantage if the position does become available. It is a good idea to have your resume with all your personal contacts so they can pass it along to those who might be in need of your service. In PNG, small employers have provided the greatest growth in employment, and their most common source of new employees is through personal referrals.

2.7:- State Employment Office

State employment offices have listing of job opportunities in various department and private organizations. Check the PNG Labor & Employment office for vacancies and sometimes it is good to leave your updated CV with them so that you will be contacted when job opportunities arises.  Check this out –they will definitely assist.

2.8:-Direct Contact

Another means of obtaining job information is direct contact-personally communicating to prospective employers (either by email or in person) that you would be interested in pursuing job opportunities with them. Often you may not even know whether jobs are available in these firms. If you correspond with the companies in writing a letter of introduction and an attached resume should serve as your initial form of communication.


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