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Using a Comprehensive Job Search to Make Progress in the Hidden Jobs Market

Using a Comprehensive Job Search to Make Progress in the Hidden Jobs Market

We published an article on TheJobWorx before looking at why many of the jobs available in the job market today are unadvertised. This time we'll look at why you need a comprehensive approach to your job search if you're going to effectively tap into that hidden job market to find the job you want.

One of the first things every job seeker needs to understand is that applying only to jobs advertised online or in newspapers, means you're missing out on a large proportion of the potential employers out there. It's estimated that as many as 70% of available jobs are NOT advertised, and so it's reasonable to assume that sticking only to advertised jobs could mean you're missing out on far more opportunities than you actually get to see.

This doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. Applying for advertised jobs is still a vital part of every job search. It just means there's a lot more you could be doing. Tapping into the hidden jobs market is all about making and maintaining contact, and finding intelligence you can use.

Take some time to think about what you're trying to achieve. Ask yourself questions like:
- What kind of job am I looking for?
- What skills do I have and where else could they be used?
- What companies do I want to work with?
- Where are these jobs likely to be located?
- How do I find out what's going on in these other companies?

A comprehensive job search needs a plan of attack. This is your plan for finding where the jobs are in the companies you've identified and who you need to speak with to get an interview.

TheJobWorx exists for this very purpose, allowing you to plan your tasks in advance, and create and record opportunities as you find them. Look for some of our other articles about using your personal networks to find the people you need to talk to and those who can be on your side when you find a target.

But what is meant by a 'comprehensive' job search? Applying for advertised jobs is a reactive approach. You're reacting to job advertisements. A comprehensive job search would employ not only reactive job applications, but proactive job searching: using information to deduce where unadvertised job vacancies might be and approaching the right people to get noticed.

While this seems like an impossible task, there are many simple things you can do to gain the insight you need, like joining discussion groups for sectors or companies you'd like to move into, maintaining contact with recruitment agents that service the industries or companies you're targeting, or paying attention to the news in your local area to see what companies are expanding or landing new contracts and so are likely to be recruiting.

In an upcoming article we'll take a look at some practical things you can do to make real headway in the crucial hidden job market.

Article Added: 28/12/2014

Posted By: Paul Docherty