Tips for accessing the Hidden Job Market
Our job search professionals will cover this aspect of your job search in many ways throughout your entire job search journey.
Some areas they will work on with you are:
- The organisation that your contact works for and the sector it operates in - the culture, challenges, opportunities and significant players.
- How your skills, experience and qualifications might fit within the organisation and industry concerned.
- The role that your contact holds - what it involves and is like on a day-to-day basis, its good and bad points and typical routes into such work, for example.
- How people work together, and what the organisation’s senior leadership is like, in the specific business.
- What particular needs the organisation has.
- You may gain advance notice of a role that is about to be advertised or may even find that a role is created for you that didn’t previously exist.
- When undertaking informational interviews, one of your major goals should be to project your professional personal brand. This should encompass who you are as a person; how you could add value to the organisation that hires you and how you would do this in a unique way.
- Stress skills and qualities that you have that would be a major asset to the organisation, show your awareness of problems or challenges that they face and offer solutions to these based upon your past experiences of problem-solving.
- Look at all the items you have on social networking sites - your photographs, links and comments and review them from the standpoint of an employer - what image do they give of you?
- It may be a good idea to delete some items and strengthen your privacy settings. As you are doing this, don’t overlook asking others to remove items; photos and other references to you if you are uncomfortable about others accessing them.
- Be very cautious about commenting on a role; profession; sector or organisation. People have lost their jobs for posting derogatory comments or other items on social networking sites.
- Search for yourself - look up your name in Google and ask people you know to look for you in social network sites they belong to. You might be surprised at the quantity and range of information revealed!
- Finally, remember that nothing ever really disappears from the internet. If in doubt, don’t post to begin with - and keep a close watch on your on-line presence wherever it comes from.
- LinkedIn is a professional networking site that operates worldwide. For many job seekers, it is an invaluable resource that can be used to develop a professional identity.
- To use LinkedIn professionally, you will need to update your profile there on a regular basis. Be active in relevant groups and to share your experiences, advice and expertise with others.
- Additionally, you can load your CV onto any professional blogs you create and sites that you join - but ensure that it is concise, focused and up-to-date.
- Use ‘keywords’ relevant to the type of work you seek.
- This networking can occur on-line or through attendance at local and national events hosted by the association – many have very active branch networks.
- Additionally, many professional associations carry ‘job opportunities’ and ‘work wanted’ sections on their websites, sometimes accessible only to members. Coupled with this, some offer on-line journals, which allow you to keep up to date with the profession concerned; discussion forums and details of professional development opportunities.
- Try to arrange work shadowing or internships. (Please make sure that your visa allows you to do this).
- Are there short courses or skills you could develop or qualifications you can attain to increase your chances? These could be excellent opportunities to show growth.
- Keep your contacts updated on your progress.