The first instinct when looking for a job is to turn to job posting sites, and that seems logical. The problem is that if you only rely on these tools, you will only find positions advertised for thousands of other Internet users.
It’s only when you look at the hidden job market outside of these platforms that some of the most interesting opportunities arise.
What is the hidden job market?
For those unfamiliar with this hidden job market, these are job postings that may exist but are not currently being advertised online. There are several reasons why an organization may choose not to actively advertise a position: it plans to recruit internally, or it may rely on employee referrals.
It could also be that a new position is still in development and he doesn’t know how to define the job title or the day-to-day duties. But if you wait for that job to pop up online, you may be missing out on your dream job.
So, by going beyond the jobs advertised online, you’ll open yourself up to many new opportunities, but how can you find a job if you don’t know it’s out there?
Use your network
Over the years, you have a chance to build a network of contacts in your industry, and you should never stop expanding it.
If you’re looking for a job you like, it’s a good idea to reach out to your contacts and let them know you’re looking for a job. You should also give them an idea of your skills and experience and how you think you can help their business.
You can do this by email, just ask if there are any vacancies. You can also arrange a business meeting to discuss with them in person or over the phone.
LinkedIn is a great way to grow your network, but it also gives you many other ways to find jobs that aren’t advertised.
First, you can share an update with your contacts to let them know you’re ready for work. This may encourage them to contact you and let you know about available positions at their company.
You can also join industry-related groups where you can share interesting information and participate in relevant conversations. By introducing yourself and participating in the conversation, you increase your chances of being contacted for exciting opportunities.
Attend industry events
Trade shows and industry events can be a great way to meet others in your industry and open yourself up to unadvertised positions.
It’s important to prepare an elevator pitch before you go and keep this in mind when meeting new people. Also bring an up-to-date copy of your CV and a notepad to jot down email addresses and other important information.
You can even volunteer at these events, which will allow you to show your passion for your industry and connect with many like-minded professionals and organizations.
Research the companies that interest you
The job search is not limited to the search for the ideal position; in fact, in many cases it is best to start with the company.
If there’s an organization you’ve always dreamed of working for, this is the perfect opportunity to contact them to see if they have any openings. Just because they don’t advertise online or on their website doesn’t mean the job isn’t available.
So, get the contact information of the most competent employee, for example, the internal recruiter or the manager of the department of your choice. You can then contact them with your CV explaining why you think you would be an asset to the company.
Finally, and this will depend a lot on the type of work you do, but if you have a specific company you want to work for, you may want to consider freelancing or contracting with them.
Reach out to relevant employees with your pitch, explaining your services, past experience and how you can add value to their business. Then, if they think your services might be useful, you’ll have the opportunity to work with them, meet other people in the company, and find out about open positions.
As you can see, it always pays to be proactive when looking for a job. This way, you have a better chance of discovering unadvertised positions and landing your dream job.
Article translated from Forbes USA – Author: Andrew Fennell
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