The Hidden Job Market defines when a job isn’t advertised online or through traditional methods. Lots of companies take this approach as they want like-minded employees so seek internal referrals or want to save money or are just really good at pipelining potential new employees.
So how can you tap into this market? Here’s my top 4 tips!
1. Update your LinkedIn profile
Make sure your profile has your latest role and includes an overview of your position and your achievements. Lots of recruiters will headhunt candidates via LinkedIn and will be extracting your profile via a keyword search so having it current is vital. If you’re looking for a role or open to new opportunities make sure you include that in your summary so potential new employers are more likely to reach out to you. Finally ensure your contact details i.e. phone and email are correct and easily visible.
2. Network, network, network.
This tip is probably the most important one! Reach out to your networks and let them know you’re on the hunt for a new role. Connect with new contacts via LinkedIn or attend networking events relevant to your industry to expand your chance of digging up hidden jobs. Make sure you have a great elevator pitch so you’re memorable and they know exactly what you do and what you’re looking for.
3. Reach out to your dream employers
Connect with the HR or Talent Acquisition Manager and tell them that their company is one you’ve always dreamed of working for. I’d even suggest asking to meet for a coffee to pick their brain as to how you can get an opportunity there – can’t hurt to ask! Even better, if you know someone in your network who works there, quiz them on job pathways and while you’re at it dig a bit deeper on what the culture is really like to make sure it actually is your dream company.
4. Buddy up with your favourite recruiter
If you ever meet a recruiter you really connect with, who understands your value then make it really clear to them that you’d be interested in them finding you a role. Offer to work with them exclusively for a certain time and if they’ve got the contacts they can reach out to companies on your behalf and see if any opportunities arise. Note: this is probably a more long term strategy but a worthwhile one nonetheless.
To pick up a role in the Hidden Job Market it requires you to be proactive, not reactive. Is it easy? No. But the more you do it, the easier it will become and who knows, you may just land that job you’ve always dreamt of. What is holding you back?