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Work Search Basics Companion: Step 2

Looking for work? The second step is to find job opportunities. Track your progress through Step 2 with this handy guide.

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This is a companion guide to the Work Search Basics article.

The article explains the reason for each step. We recommend that you read the article first. Then, use this guide to track your progress during your work search.

Use these links to go to the other guides in the Work Search Basics Companion series.

Step 1: Prepare for your work search
Step 2: Find job opportunities
Step 3: Create your work search tools
Step 4: Apply for work
Step 5: Ace your interviews
Step 6: Stay positive while you look for work
Step 7: Wrap up your work search

Work Search Basics Companion: Step 2
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Organizations are hiring all the time, even when they choose not to advertise. The trick is finding these hidden jobs. Here’s how.
70% of jobs are filled by people who heard about them through networking.
Many job openings are filled without ever being advertised. To access this hidden job market, don’t wait for just the right job posting—make the first move.
Putting a work search plan in writing will help you set goals and deadlines for your search. It will also help you keep track of what you have done.
If you’re a newcomer to Alberta who is looking for work, then the information and resources in this section are a good place to begin.
If you’re a person with a disability who is wanting to find work, then the information and resources in this section are a good place to begin.
If you have a criminal record, you'll need to learn how to answer questions without hurting your chances of getting a job offer.
Search with focus and connect to job search resources, job postings, industry information and work options.
Don’t dismiss a job opportunity because you don’t meet all the requirements. Learn strategies for getting employers to overlook shortcomings and focus on why you’re right for the job.
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