Is There a Hidden Job Market? How Can You Find It?

March 15th, 2018

Every job seeker has felt frustrated by their search at some point. You go through the same motions every day. You find a job posting online, fill out the online application or send a resume, and simply hope for the best. But what if there was an entire stream of jobs deep under the surface that you’re not finding right away? There is a hidden job market, and job seekers can tap into it with just a few tips and tricks. Here is how to find it and the steps you can take to apply to these hidden jobs.

Connect with company recruiters.

Not all job postings are advertised, so be sure to connect with the recruiters at your target companies so you become part of their search algorithms when they begin to look for top candidates. These internal recruiters are often the gateway to open positions with the company, so it’s important you connect with them first and build a positive online relationship.

Determine decision makers.

If a company doesn’t have an internal recruiting department or you don’t feel you’re getting any traction with the internal recruiters, connect with their decision makers as well. This might be the HR department, but it might also be the department managers. Follow them and connect with them online, but don’t pester them. A subtle approach will take you further to search for hidden jobs.

Partner with agency recruiters.

Of course, many companies will reach out to staffing firms long before they advertise online or to the general public. Their staffing partner will be the first line to cross to hear about these hidden opportunities. To become part of that network, apply with your local staffing agency and maintain a good working relationship with them.

Network at industry events.

Whatever your industry, there is certainly a local professional group in your area. Take advantage of this as a place to network and meet decision makers in the industry. Attend networking events as well as educational programs put on by these organizations. Even if you consider yourself shy, challenge yourself to meet and connect with at least one new person each time.

Review current connections.

Of course, your current connections may also be a gateway to new possible opportunities. If someone you worked with in the past is looking for a new employee to add to their team, they may not think of you if you don’t maintain a connection with them. Be sure to stay connected online, but occasionally reach out with handwritten notes or invitations to meet for coffee.

Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Pasadena TX

Do you want to tap into the hidden job market? Contact the recruiters at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX.

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