The hidden job market consists of jobs that cannot be seen, are not advertised, and are not made known to the public in a formal way. As many as 75% of jobs are not available publicly.
Most employers prefer referrals from employees or others since they know these are more reliable and less trouble.
You can become a successfully referred candidate by developing a network and networking skills.
You Get Jobs by Talking to People
- Talking to computers doesn’t count
- Network with professionals using LinkedIn. If you don’t already have an account - here is one good excuse to get one! To find us just search in groups for MUCSC and join.
- Access our MUCSC Group on LinkedIn
- Access the Marquette University Alumni Association (MUAA) Group on Linkedin
- Handout on using LinkedIn (PDF) (Word)
- You do have contacts. Start with those nearest you:
- Warm contacts begin by networking with people you know
- Service clubs
- Social groups
- Religious institutions
- Social and Professional Networking Sites
- You need to get to outer rings as fast as possible (to people you don’t directly know)
- Ask them: “Who do you know who would know anything about ________________?”
- Steps to Success
- Identify a job you would like to explore
- Find someone doing that exact job right now
- Talk to them
Don’t Start by Asking for a Job
- If you ask people for a job, it will take you longer, ironically, to get a job
- Ask for advice, ideas, leads, and referrals
- Ask about the field as a whole, and which orgs might be growing, which areas of the country might be doing better than others, and so on
- Questions to ask these contacts include
- Do you know of any openings for a person with my skills?
- Do you know of anyone else who might know of an opening?
- Do you know someone who has a good network of professional contacts?
In today’s age, most people in the workforce are utilizing social media either personally or professionally. Use your own personal platforms to create an effective brand for yourself in cyberspace.
- Facebook - On your own profile, be sure to set your privacy settings to private. This will ensure that your information can only be seen by those people to whom you allow access. Also, clean up your profile while job searching. You never know who may be viewing your profile. Many employers also use Facebook to recruit. If there are companies you have an interest in, become a fan of theirs. This will give you a way to stay connected with them.
- LinkedIn - This professional networking tool can allow you to connect with people in your field of interest. Join groups in your area of interest to expand your network and learn more about potential careers from the people that are living them.
- Twitter - Use Twitter to market yourself. Tweet about your professional interests, follow others with those interests, and gather information about your industry. Be careful about what you tweet though, since Twitter is far more public than even Facebook.
- Blog - For someone just out of school, a blog is an excellent supplement to a resume. I can serve as a writing sample because it allows employers a unique look at your personality in addition to seeing that you can, in fact, write. It also shows that you're tech-savvy and motivated -- both extremely important qualities to have in today's job market.