Improving the job finding process

  • Edwin Whiting


Several surveys have noted that at least one-third of people obtain jobs through friends, relations and contacts — not through any agency or Jobcentre.1 If you know someone, you are lucky; it may be that you can get a job by word-of-mouth, when there is no actual formal vacancy, just by calling and following up contacts until an employer is found who needs an extra person.


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  1. 1.
    32 per cent in research by D.N. Ashton, M.J. Maguire and V. Garland, Youth in the labour market, Research paper no. 34 (Department of Employment, 1982); and 44 per cent in a Follow-up Survey of Redundant Workers: Closure at Linwood (MSC, 1984).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    J. Hunt, ‘Minister sets up chain of “jobclubs”’, Financial Times, 1 October 1985.Google Scholar
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    The Swedish Institute, Labour Market Reforms in Sweden — Facts and Employee Views (Stockholm, 1979) p. 45.Google Scholar
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    OECD, The public employment service in social and economic policy (Paris, 1969) p. 45.Google Scholar

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© Edwin Whiting 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edwin Whiting
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  1. 1.Manchester Business SchoolUK

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