The Hidden Job Market
Finding the Hidden Job Market; Contacting Employers Directly
The hidden job market – most vacancies, particularly in the private sector, are never advertised. They are filled by people already known to the employer or known to a contact of the employer. So of course it is worthwhile making yourself known. There is no reason you should not contact an employer to ask about jobs available. If an employer can fill a job without advertising, it saves them time and cost. Even if they don’t have vacancies now and you make the right impression, they may contact you in the future.
Find out as much as you can about the organization before you approach them
You’ll need to do your homework. Find out as much as you can about the organization before you approach them. Identify a suitable senior manager or professional and address your letter to them. Look for someone in a position of influence. Provided you have good experience relevant to their business, you can look for a senior manager outside HR. If you are looking for a first job, an internship or a trainee post, then it is better to approach HR. Find a name. Then tailor your letter carefully to show your interest in the organization. Tell them why you would like to work for them and what you can offer. Show how you can might meet their needs. Ask for an opportunity to talk to them to learn more about the organization and future opportunities. Offer to send your CV. Keep you letter simple, straight forward, polite and on one sheet. Check it very carefully for accuracy and typos.
If you have done your homework, have good skills to offer and show a real interest in the company you stand a very good chance of finding a way in.
Your job search – other resources to help you
If you have been out of the job market for a while, there will be new techniques to learn and some you need to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing them at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips on this blog, Try this link.”
You can find more help for your job search in the “The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book: How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters.” Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL .
Remember working with a career coach can really help your job search. Get in touch at the email address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype. Meanwhile I wish you every success in your job search.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org