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.


Employment Service Private Agency Unemployed People Unemployed Person Labour Market Reform 
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    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
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    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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