How to find hidden jobs Most jobseekers go through the same process, in the same way, at the same time to find the same jobs, which is why most of them are unsuccesful. The key to a successful job hunt is to access the pile of jobs that very few others even know exist: the unadvertised jobs.
Unadvertised jobs make up around 60% of all job vacancies, according to research. That means most people are going after only 40% of all jobs.
There are two ways to reach the hidden market of jobs: making it easy for recruiters to find you and being more proactive.
The most successful candidates do both. For each approach, however, it’s worth dreaming a little: consider who you’d really like to work for and the type of job you really want to do. Research those companies/roles and look for key phrases, skills, values, required qualifications and experience. Make sure you include them wherever possible in your profiles and CV and in the language you use when you speak to potential employers.
Making it easy for the employer:
• Post your CV on your own website, your own blog or on Twitter, for example, so employers will be able to access your CV, via a search engine, for free. Just make sure that you include pertinent search terms in your CV.
• Get your LinkedIn profile up to date and up to scratch and give it a strong, professional headline.
•Make sure all your friends, colleagues and business associates know you’re looking for a job. If your skills and expertise match a vacancy at their organisation they may refer you. Referrals are generally an organisation’s preferred way to recruit .
For a more proactive approach:
• Make speculative calls directly to employers. But don’t just call the HR or recruitment manager. Take some time to find out who might have a suitable vacancy.
• Look out for new job announcements. You don’t need to wait for a job to be advertised. Do your research and find out who you need to talk to in the company.
• Got to trade fairs, conferences and networking events, armed with several copies of your CV.
• Join LinkedIn professional groups and make it known that you’re looking for work.
• Check out Twitter for tweets about jobs that haven’t been advertised formally yet.
It’s still worth responding to conventional job postings, but make sure you’re not missing out on all the jobs that really are out there.
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