Four Strategies Help You Find Your Dream Job in the Unpublished Job Market

Did you know that the traditional job market only covers around 30% of all jobs available at any given time? Some experts claim that this traditional job market covers no more that 10% of the jobs available. So where are the rest of the available jobs?

The unpublished job market, also known as the hidden job market, covers around 70% of all available jobs available in the marketplace. But there’s more; 80% of the six-figure salary positions are filled within this unpublished job market. Due to its importance, it should be part of your overall job search efforts.

Let’s look at four strategies that you can use to leverage on the opportunities available on this hidden job market:

1. Have a list of companies of interest.

Why it’s important to take the time to research companies? Because if you just apply for any job opening you find, you’re wasting time and energy, even though you might feel like you’re accomplishing something by sending out tons of resumes out there.

The time you spend upfront researching about companies you are interested in will benefit you in the long run, because you won’t be spending time and energy applying to companies that aren’t a good fit for your career plans. Instead, you will be applying for job positions at companies in your field of preference and where you would like to work for.

2. The Informational Interview

The informational interview is one of the most effective tools when it comes to leveraging the unpublished job marketplace. In kind of interview you interview a person from the company or field of interest to gather information about the work environment, job opportunities, work ethics and other useful information and to get feedback and advice on how you can improve your chances of landing the job you are looking for, beside the fact that you will expand you network of contacts in your target company or field.

3. Your network as source of information and referrals

When it comes to looking for your next job, the importance of career networking should never be discounted. In fact, career networking should become a part of your daily work and career-related endeavors. Your career network should be in place for when you need it, for relationship for day to day business, job searching and for moving along the career ladder. As we never know when we might need it, it makes sense to have an active career network, even if you think you don’t need it right away.

4. Contacting employers directly

Sometimes you may want to contact a potential employer directly, in addition to or instead of applying for a position of interest on their website. Or maybe you didn’t find a position of interest among the ones posted and you want to contact the company to let yourself known for when the right time comes.

When asked about what is the best method of getting ahead in the unpublished job marketplace, the best answer I can give is that the best method is a combination of all. You should do your homework to study and filter out your potential employers and you will see which combination of strategies will suit your purpose for a potential employer.

When you compare to the traditional job market, you might be thinking that the unpublished job market is not as easy or convenient as responding to published jobs ads, but when we look at the number of possibilities available, working the unpublished job market is something that you should include in your over job search strategy when it comes to find that job or career advancement opportunity you want.

Avoid These Outdated Job Hunting Strategies!

Searching for a new job is much different now than it was just a few years ago. Applicants must make themselves stand apart from other applicants without making themselves look odd or aggressive. To do this effectively, many job seekers need to change some of their “old school” job seeking habits and approach job seeking in a new manner. By changing some of your methods, you may find that landing the perfect new job has become quite simple.

Follow Application Instructions

Many employers have devised specific routines for accepting applications. They most likely want the applications sent online with your resume attached. They may also give specific information about how to check the status of your application. Many people believe that this is done to make interviewing less personal. However, many companies are doing it this way to see if you can follow simple instructions. Follow all the instructions on their application and their follow up instructions. If the company wants you to check the status online, do not call their HR department. It is a sure way to be overlooked.

Update Your Resume to Current Standards

You need to update your resume so that they are easy to scan and have what the HR rep is looking for in an easy to find manner. For example, eliminate the Objective at the beginning of your resume, everyone knows you are looking for a career position, and change it to Summary. Make your summary a quick overview of your talents and experience so the HR rep knows who you are and what you offer right from the start. Other changes to your resume can include eliminating the References Upon Request Section. Again, if the potential employer wants references, you are going to provide them if you want the job. Stating this fact just wastes space and makes your resume look crowded.

Clean Up Your Social Media

If you want to increase your chances of being considered for a job, make sure that your social media accounts are not filled with things that may be offensive to your potential new employer. Over 70 percent of businesses now complete social media searches on potential candidates before deciding whether or not to bring them in for an interview. This also applies to personal blogs as well as all forms of social media.

Relying On Only One Job Seeking Technique

If you are looking for a job, you cannot simply rely on the classified ads in your local newspaper or one job site on the Internet. You need to broaden your job search to include online classified ads, state employment agencies, social media postings, and multiple online job search sites. There are many employers out there and they are not limited to posting to just one place as they were in the past. Broaden your search so that you have more jobs to choose from during your search.

By changing these simple things when you are looking for a job, you will find that your chances of landing the perfect position are significantly increased.

Technology-Driven Job Search Strategies Have Left Many Older Workers Behind

There has been a major transformation during the last decade or so in the way people look for employment opportunities. Hardcopy resumes and cover letters, newspaper ads, and face-to-face interviews have gradually given way to LinkedIn and Facebook profiles and personal websites, electronically transmitted career materials, job boards and web searches, and Skype interviews.

While technology advances have certainly expanded the scope of opportunities for people to take advantage of in finding great jobs, the benefits have not been equal among all job seekers. Research conducted in recent years has shown that, in general, older workers have not kept pace with their younger counterparts in the use of technology to design and execute job search strategies.

This is troubling since there is plenty of evidence that older workers face greater challenges in finding worthwhile employment. Data from the 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Displaced Workers Survey show that people aged 50 and over took 5.8 weeks longer to find employment than those aged 30-49 and 10 weeks longer than those aged 20-29.

Data from the 2015 BLS Current Population Survey found similar results; 44.6% of employed workers aged 55 and older lacked employment after 27 weeks compared to 22.2% for people under 25 years of age and 36% for people aged 25-54.

Can Older Workers Learn to Use Technology-driven Job Search Tools?

Older workers are often stereotyped in ways that adversely affect their ability to find worthwhile employment. These stereotypes include:

  • Lack of motivation,
  • Less willing to participate in technology training and use,
  • More resistant to change,
  • Less trusting of superiors and co-workers,
  • Less healthy, and
  • More vulnerable to work-family imbalances.

Many of these stereotypes do not necessarily pan out upon a closer examination of older worker behavior patterns in relation to employment. In regard to technology, there is evidence that older workers are willing to seek out and use technology tools, but that many face limitations and issues that need to be addressed. Some of these include:

  • Poor eyesight and hearing that impede training efforts,
  • Memory, recall, and motor skill problems,
  • Lack of perspective on technology usage, as opposed to younger workers who grew up with technology in their lives, and
  • Less accepting of “learning for the sake of learning” and requiring a direct tie between technology training/use and job search/employment success.

It is clear that technology is a critical component to any successful job search campaign and assuming that older workers cannot or will not take advantage of technology tools does a disservice to this group of people. Training programs that take into account the learning limitations of older workers are becoming more common and should be expanded. In addition, training needs to focus on skills clearly identified with improved employability.