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Network Your Way to Tap the Hidden Job Market

Updated on October 23, 2015

Reportedly 75% to 85% of most job offerings are not posted on Web job boards or advertised in the newspaper. Frustrating as it maybe for people desperate to find work but most jobs getting filled these days aren’t even advertised.

These invisible jobs are the infamous “hidden job market” – those thousands of openings that never get formally posted.

Why job openings often go unadvertised?

Most employers prefer to fill positions without advertising. Why? Because it saves them money and time. Hiring managers often believe that the most suitable candidates are people who already work for their company and referrals from their staffs.

8 Strategies for Tapping the Hidden Job Market

Networking is simply about building and maintaining a genuine relationship with the people around us, not just asking for favors. The more people you know - and the more people the people you know are connected with – the more powerful your network. Just don’t drop it as soon as you find your next job.

Networking is the key to helping you find out those “hidden jobs”, you need to improve your networking skills, leverage the use of technology, and expand your reach.

Make it a Habit.

Just network every day throughout the day by simply doing what you normally do - chatting, making phones calls, sending emails, updating your Twitter or Facebook status, talking with your colleagues, or just simply meeting with friends or family for drinks or dinner. Practice including this in your normal routine would definitely increase your chances of hearing about opportunities.

Keep in Mind - Give Before You Get.

Help others succeed or find what they need, and they will return the favor. Networking is about building and maintaining a genuine relationship with the people around us, not just asking for favors. The more people you know - and the more people the people you know are connected with – the more powerful your network.

Make it Easy for People to Help You Find a Job

The key is you need to be specific. Know what exactly the type of job you’re seeking. So when you’re talking to them, tell them about the kinds of position you’re looking for and the employers or fields that interest you.

Connect with the Employer Directly

Instead of waiting for a job to be posted, initiate contact with a hiring manager at a company you want to work for and create a conversation. I know it takes an effort to request for an interview, but they’re actually always interested in meeting professionals who can help their employers make or save money. Email or call to introduce yourself and explain how your background and experience would be useful for the company and even ask for advice and ideas.

Join Networking Groups

Even if you consider yourself to be shy, your fellow job seekers can sometimes be the best resources for learning about the employers who are likely to hire or to the company you want to work with. Most are willing to share their knowledge knowing that others in the same boat will share in return. But never be a “user”.

Be Active on Social Networking Sites

Nowadays people connect through social networking websites. They're very popular in connecting with people you know and even meeting new people. For professional job search, LinkedIn is used by many, and majorly the recruiters. Recruiters use these sites to find qualified people for their open jobs.

Volunteering

One of the most effective ways to reach out is to volunteer to help a cause important to you.Volunteering can be a great way to add new skills and experiences to your resume, meet new people and expand your network.

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