How to Access the Hidden Job Market 2

How to Access the Hidden Job Market 2

Experts estimate that 50 to 80% of all jobs are filled on the hidden job market.   This means that the jobs were filled without a public job posting.  There are many reasons why companies post jobs in this way.  The reasons include: confidentiality, time to sort through applicants and privacy of the company’s contact information.  Here are 4 ways to access this hidden job market:
  • Research and watch– Research a list of 20 top dream employers.   Next, utilize a service such as that will email you any time there is a change on a given career page.  Enter each of these 20 pages onto your Watchthatpage account and you will be notified any time a new job is posted.  Often companies will post jobs on their website, but not the major job boards. There is an advantage to being one of the first to apply.
  • Utilize LinkedIN– Keep your LinkedIN profile updated.  We are surprised to see that many people who are actively engaged in a job search do not have an optimized LinkedIN page with a detailed, professional profile.
  • Network with an experienced recruiter– Recruiters often come across hidden positions before anyone else in the market.  Experienced recruiters typically work on exclusive jobs that are not available through any other source.
  • Create a personal website– What websites appear when you google your name? One great way to access the hidden job market is to have the job find you. Create a personal website with your resume, portfolio, and/or blog to attract potential jobs. is a free website that designs and shares easy ways to create your own online presence.

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