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3.2 Use your contacts

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Figure 5 The importance of contact management

If you are not working at the moment, do you still have contacts from any past workplaces that could open up opportunities for you? For example, if you used to work for a local authority which organises summer festivals or sports events using volunteer helpers, could you ask someone if you could be involved? Do you know anyone who volunteers at a local charity who might be able to let you know when new opportunities come up?

Perhaps you have been a student until recently and are looking for your first job. Check out whether any of your fellow ex-students have already found work and might be able to make suggestions or introduce you to their colleagues.

You may be returning to the workforce after, for example, a period of absence due to illness, or serving a custodial sentence, or travelling abroad and so have more limited work-based contacts. If so, do not ignore the obvious potential places to start, such as, friends, family, job centres, voluntary organisations or careers advisers.

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