Have you ever spoken to someone who always seems to land on their feet whenever they want to find a new job? The jobs market is undoubtedly challenging at the moment, but some people always seem to find a way into the job or career they want.
How do they do it? The secret could lie in hidden jobs. These are the jobs that never make it onto the internet bulletin boards or into the job centres or local newspapers. So how can you follow in their footsteps and find some of the hidden jobs that could have your name on them? Here are some suggestions for doing just that.
One of the things employers like most is a pro-active employee. You’ll be showing off this very skill if you take the time to find out about companies and businesses you are interested in joining. Ignore the fact you can’t find any vacancies and contact them directly with your CV.
Even if you do not find the exact role you are looking for, you may find a way in at a lower level – giving you the opportunity to find something more suitable from the inside.
Unless you are looking for your first job, you will have a number of contacts from previous jobs you could use to good effect. Which jobs did you like most and which people stand out as the ones you remember?
These people could help you in your job search. This is true even if they don’t work in the role you knew them for previously. In fact this can actually improve your chances because they’ll know people at their previous job as well as their existing one. They might just know the right role for you too.
A big part of finding hidden jobs is to spread your net as wide as possible. This includes everyone you know, from friends to members of your family. Even if they work in an entirely different job or career to the one you have set your sights on, they may still know people who have the connections you need. Don’t leave any stone unturned in your desire to find the right hidden jobs to send your career in the right direction.
When you’re in the middle of a job search it’s easy to get blinkered to the outside world. However it makes sense to enjoy some downtime and make new connections in other ways too. This could be just what you need to make the all important connection to bring that job your way. For example, your ideal job could come to you by way of someone you meet at a class at your local gym. It’s often the case that the most sociable and outgoing people get all the best opportunities, and they’re definitely ‘luckier’ in the job market too.
So try some or all of these techniques today and see how far you get with them.