The MOORE Leadership Moment

[MLM#732] 2 Strategies to Crack the Hidden Job Market

August 10, 2022 #YourLeadershipGuide | Dr. Kim Moore Season 7 Episode 32
The MOORE Leadership Moment
[MLM#732] 2 Strategies to Crack the Hidden Job Market
Show Notes Transcript

Hello Friend,

Welcome to the MOORE Leadership Moment, where you'll learn research-based and experientially learned leadership principles and best practices for communication, personal growth, productivity, professional development, and success. 

In today’s moment, you'll learn 2 strategies to crack the hidden job market so you can impress hiring managers and find your dream job!

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Kim

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Hello Friend,

In today’s moment, you'll learn 2 strategies to crack the hidden job market so you can impress hiring managers and find your dream job!

You can shorten your job search by knowing how to use methods other job seekers usually miss. After all, if you’re relying on job postings alone, you could spend a long time searching. In addition, advertised positions represent as little as 20% of total vacancies, and your resume often winds up in a pile with hundreds of other hopefuls.

On the other hand, the hidden job market has more opportunities and less competition. Learn how to position yourself to take advantage of openings that haven’t been advertised.

When you think about it, some interesting benefits of cracking the hidden job market exist.

 When you’re targeting organizations you want to work for, you’re more likely to find a workplace where you’ll feel at home. That sense of belonging will add to your job satisfaction.
 
How would you like to write your job description? Contacting potential employers early in the process may allow you to shape your position to suit your strengths.
 
The average corporate job opening that’s advertised may attract up to 250 or more resumes. Your odds of being welcomed on board increase when fewer candidates are considered.
 
Now, one way to crack the hidden job market is by networking.

LinkedIn and other technology make it easy to research and contact organizations that interest you. Keep your profile updated because hiring managers and recruiters may be looking for you too.
 
Many positions are filled through employment agencies. Call up a few recruiters to schedule a consultation and stay in touch so you can hear about future opportunities.
 
Use your skills to support a worthy cause. For example, you can make new contacts and impress them with your expertise at organizing events or tracking finances.
 
Your fellow job hunters often have valuable leads. Start a job club or find one through community or online listings.
 
Conferences and networking sessions can help you connect with lots of contacts in a short time. See what’s on the calendar at your professional association and industry publications.
 
Mine your college alumni group for information and referrals. Some organizations have similar resources for former employees, or you can approach them independently.
 
Ask your contacts who else they would suggest for you to talk with. You can create a pipeline of informational interviews and coffee dates.

Remember that networking is more about giving than taking. Offer to help others before you ask for something for yourself.
 
Another way to crack the hidden job market is by becoming an insider.

If you’re an intern and excel at your summer position, you may have a shot at joining the staff. Pick an organization with a track record for hiring interns and ask your supervisor for feedback to help you learn and grow.
 
Even if you’re looking for a permanent position, it may be worthwhile to accept temporary jobs, especially if you’re currently unemployed. That way, you may be able to view internal company listings and network with employees who could have a say in hiring you.
 
Contract assignments are another way to showcase your abilities at any stage in your career. But again, exceed expectations and let the organization know what opportunities you’re looking for.
 
Organizations often bypass advertising to save money and target candidates more likely to match their needs. However, tapping into the hidden job market can impress hiring managers and find your dream job.

#YourLeadershipGuide,
Kim