A common misconception about looking for a new job is that all of these indemand positions will be easily visible on sites like LinkedIn, Glassdoor and Monster. Unfortunately, you’re incorrect.
Many available positions are regarded as 'hidden' and are never seen by the majority of jobseekers. Instead of implementing an advertising campaign, employers will fill these available positions by word-of-mouth, headhunting or simply by recruiting internally. Knowing how to get yourself in the loop for these specific jobs could give you a major boost when it comes to finding your next role.
Getting The Word Out
By utilizing your network efficiently it could be your main way in terms of sourcing these hidden positions. Past employers, colleagues, friends, family and just about anyone you meet can form your potentially vast network. For serious jobseekers, even the most casual virtual meetings should be treated as a potential job lead. Webinars in particular can provide you the potential career enthusiast with an invaluable opportunity in order to meet a large number of useful contacts to expand your reach.
If you're looking for your first job after graduation, teachers or professors can be an invaluable source of information about the current job market. As known experts in their field, they are bound to have contacts in the industry and will know your strengths better than anyone. Make the best use of your college career facility, no matter how distant the idea of getting a job appears in the near future.
Making The Move Forward
Even if an employer doesn't have any available jobs at the moment, they might potentially be willing to create a position if an exceptional applicant comes along. This occurs when you contact companies on a prospective basis to inquire if they have any opportunities for somebody with your specific skill set.
The most courteous way to carry this out involves giving them a call and then following up with an email and making sure to include a recent copy of your resume and also a cover letter as well. It's generally good practice to get hold of the department manager that you're looking to work for who will then pass you onto the relevant person in the recruiting team to follow up with.
In addition to searching for hidden jobs, you still need to continue applying for the positions that are already visible through your regular job searching methods. This will let you know the kinds of job descriptions that are currently on the market.
If you're adamant on working for a certain company and simply can't find a way in, consider applying for a lower tier position and being willing to work your way up. Then you can use your contacts on the inside and be the first to hear about new roles.