How To Find Unadvertised Jobs

A lot of job openings are never advertised—studies suggest that these invisible job opportunities may account for as many as 60% of all job openings. Why not advertise openings? Not advertising an opening can help an employer to save money, and if the employer already has some candidates in mind for the job, the employer will often skip this step altogether or follow through to the minimum degree to comply with any applicable regulations. Here are some tactics you can use to try and uncover some of these hidden job opportunities.

Networking

Take advantage of your connections to try to find a job. While employers who don’t advertise openings often are doing so in order to promote from within, others are hoping for referrals from current employees. Make your situation known to friends and family members. Maybe someone you know will have an opening in their company soon.

Network online, too.

Make sure you have an active profile on LinkedIn. Recruiters often look for job candidates on their own before they bother to post recruiting advertisements for a position. If you have a well-written resume and a good social networking profile online, you may well be found by a recruiter for a job which isn’t posted anywhere. Try joining professional groups on LinkedIn, which can help you to meet others who are in your field. Make yourself as visible as possible, but keep your profile professional.

Attend relevant job fairs

Recruiters will sometimes try to meet job candidates in person at job fairs before they post listings publicly. This is a great way to get your foot in the door too since your meeting with the representative at the job fair doubles as an initial interview. It’s much easier to make a memorable, solid impression in person than it is with nothing but a resume. Also look for conferences in your field that you can attend as well. Any social opportunity is one which can potentially lead to a job.

There are pros and cons to looking for a job which isn’t being advertised. The main disadvantage is that many unadvertised jobs are already filled in advance, usually by a current employee in the company or an employee’s friend or family member. Then again, that friend or family member could be you. There’s also the possibility that the unadvertised job really isn’t filled in advance, and furthermore, since no one else knows about it, you won’t be facing off with as many competitors as you would for a publicly posted job.

Imagine how much better your luck could feasibly be interviewing for a job with a dozen candidates than it would be for a job with a hundred candidates. More attention can be paid to every aspect of the process—your resume will be read more carefully, and you’ll be more likely to get an interview in the first place. Finding an unlisted job opening also demonstrates initiative and determination, two qualities which go over well in any workplace.

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