Taking a different approach to finding a job could be the key to success in today’s economy. If you have been sending out CVs or resumes with cover letters and getting nowhere, it could be time to try something new.
These days there are a number of different ways in which you can look for a job. In fact the most tradition route of responding to classified ads is one of the least effective ways of finding the best employee. However, employers do use it a lot because it is relatively cheap.
With the advent of social media there are better and cheaper ways for employers and job seekers to connect, which we will cover in later posts.
For now, we will take a look at ways in which you can identify and approach businesses which are in need of your services, because they are changing and growing.
Parallel HR has some excellent tips:
The key to being successful as a job seeker often times comes down to the ability to recognize change. Plain and simple CHANGE… embrace it, anticipate it, and most importantly – benefit from it. But – to benefit from “change” as a job seeker, will require a better understanding of the “hidden job market”.
What is the “Hidden Job Market”? Quite simply, the hidden job market is the group of jobs that are open, yet generally unadvertised. To understand this “hidden job market”, it’s helpful to understand how jobs are created.
Job creation is the result of either a problem or an opportunity arising in an organization. In the most basic terms, the job creation process is set in motion because something has changed. Change can occur either inside or outside of the organization. Sometimes changes are positive (market growth, increased sales, new product line, etc.), sometimes they are negative (unsatisfactory performance, turnover, etc.). Either way, change is good for you as a potential job seeker.
The next step in job creation occurs when the organization recognizes the problem or opportunity. Sometimes this happens immediately, sometimes it is even anticipated…often times though, it takes weeks or even months to be recognized. As a job seeker, a pro-active approach get’s you inserted into the process much quicker. Once the organization recognizes the problem or opportunity, a job opening is created to solve the problem or capitalize on the opportunity.
Here is where the “fun” begins. Once a job is created, the obvious next step is for the employer to fill the vacancy. At this point, what does the employer do to fill the position?
The first place that most employers turn to fill a vacancy is within their professional network. The professional network for a business consists of:
1. Hiring Manager’s trusted friends and colleagues.
2. Internal employees’ trusted friends and colleagues.
3. Hiring Manager’s professional network (including – you guessed it…trusted recruiters).
At this point in the job creation process, the opening is not advertised…therefore “hidden”. In fact, some professionals estimate that up to 80% of the open jobs are filled at this point…before they ever hit a website, job board, or social media outlet.
Here is a list of questions that should guide a proactive job seeker:
• Which companies are going through changes?
• What type of change is the company going through?
• What opportunity does this change create for me?
• Am I a part of this company’s professional network?
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Being aware of the state of the jobmarket on a local level is not really difficult. You can read the latest industry news online and with careful and regular searching, you can answer the questions above without leaving home.
You can also talk to everyone you know and find out who has contacts in the type of company you want to work for. The more people who know you are looking for a specific job, the more likely it is that someone will know someone who could prove a useful contact.
This type of networking has been around for a long time – long before the internet appeared on the scene and can be really effective. Jobfairs, industry exhibitions or events are also great places to network.