Gathering Information From People 0

The People Who Might Be Able To Help You:

♦ People you work with
♦ People you have worked with
♦ Friends
♦ Family, relatives
♦ Acquaintances
♦ People who are currently working in a job and in an occupational area you are interested in
♦ People who have worked with people in the field you are interested in
♦ People at government offices and community agencies
♦ People in particular interest groups
♦ Career counsellors and consultants at Career Development Centres
♦ Career advisors and consultants who work with private companies
♦ Past employers
♦ Present employers
♦ Employers in the areas that you are interested in
♦ Professional and trade associations
♦ Trainers, instructors or professors in your field of interest

How Will You Contact These People:

♦ Make a list of the people you want to reach. Include employers and individuals from associations
♦ Make a plan of who you will call and when
♦ Decide which people you are just going to call and to on the telephone and that people you want to meet with to discuss your needs in detail
♦ Decide which people you will call first
♦ Write down questions you are going to ask before making the calls
♦ Check out the annual reports of your targeted companies
Libraries and Labor Market Information Centres carry copies of the latest annual reports
♦ Find out which businesses and associations you would like to contact

Some Questions You Might Ask:

♦ Do you know someone who might be able to help me
♦ Where do I find more information
♦ What has been your experience
♦ Do you have any tips you would be willing to share with me
♦ I am interested in a career/job that is similar to what your are doing. Would it be possible to meet with you for 20 minutes to ask you some questions about what you do
♦ What are your expectations of someone applying for a position here
♦ Would be open to me doing an information interview with someone on your staff
♦ Would you be comfortable having me job shadow you or one of your employees

Where Do You Find Out More:

♦ Call the Career Information Hotline in your area and ask for information on what services are available

♦ Call Student Finance Board of Advanced Education at Career Development in your area, and request pamphlets available for adults considering student loans

♦ Call the Tribal Administration Office for information on funding or training for Native groups. Funding may be accessible from your Band

♦ Call community agencies and ask what services they offer. Check the Yellow Pages and ask other people if they know a good place to go

♦ Call the local union that may have counsellors available for a broad range of services

♦ Call the career planning centres in universities, colleges, agencies and technical schools, such as:

✔ Community Colleges
✔ Technical Institutes
✔ Universities
✔ Workers’ Compensation Board
✔ Vocational colleges
✔ Youth Employment Centres
✔ Government or Provincial Employment Centres

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