By ignoring the hidden job market, you are eliminating a large percentage of possible jobs. To follow are tips to help you explore and tap into the hidden job market.
Tap into the hidden job market by Networking:
- Network, by letting as many people as you can know that you are looking for a job, even if they are in a different field or industry.
- Networking is about building relationships with those who can help you.
- Because you never know when the next time you might need to look for a job, you can network before you start looking for a job by making and keeping good relationships with those you come across. Also, keep their contact details… etc.
- The more you network the better your chances will be. Also keep in mind that the networking you start today will also be handy for future job searches.
- Contact & talk to previous employers, associates, customers, suppliers, other parents, neighbors, people in any clubs you belong to …. etc
- Let everyone you know that you are looking for a job and possibly give them a copy of your resume.
- Always follow up with those you network with.
- Just like cold calling, finding a job through networking may not be as quick as finding an advertised job, but it is more rewarding… etc.
For newly created positions, if you contact a company through the hidden job market (networking or cold calling) while they are deciding to create the position, but before a decision to advertise is made, they may decide to hire you. This is a major advantage of the hidden job market.
In addition to exploring the hidden job market, you shouldn’t ignore other different job search methods.
After you find and accept the job, it’s a good idea to contact everyone who helped you to thank them, even if that help didn’t result in a job offer. Your contacts will appreciate that you thanked them.
Also, maintain contact as you never know when you will be looking for a job again. Maintaining your contact allows you to tap into the hidden job market, not only when you are looking for a job, but at anytime. As you progress in your career, so will many of your contacts in your network and you will be able to help each other. Don’t be surprised if you get a call from one of the contacts in your network asking you if you if you would be interested in a certain position.
Also keep building your contacts so that your network grows. This will give you easier and quicker access to the hidden job market.
If your resume is not up to scratch, then you will be wasting your time! So, before you start your job search, whether in the visible job market or in the hidden job market through networking or cold calling, make sure you have a well written resume that represents you and gets you invited for an interview.