5 Tips to Finding Your Perfect Match in the Hidden Job Market

Posted December 2, 2013 by Sally Calloway in Career Moves

Where oh where art thou job that I love? 

You search feverishly online using every possible resource you can to find your ideal job. You apply but never hear back. You are kind of relieved anyway because it didn’t seem like a good fit in the first place.

According to CBN.com, 75% of job openings — often some of the best and highest paying jobs are not advertised on the internet or in the newspaper.

Here are 5 ways to tap into the hidden job market to find your perfect match:

  1.  Research companies that interest you. Narrow down your top 10. Look directly on their website at their internal job board for positions/internships that you qualify for. Many companies post positions on their internal board only.
  2. Before you start making contact it is crucial that you are prepared to present yourself in an appealing way. Some call it an “elevator speech” or “30 second commercial”. I call it your “30 second what I can do for your company pitch”. Any time you are speaking with someone of influence, a potential connection, or decision maker, you need to introduce yourself as an asset and speak to your relevant skill sets, experience and education. You’ve researched the company and their job descriptions so infuse that information into your pitch. Avoid talking about your career objectives. Tell them what you bring to the table and how it can help the company and why you want to work for them.
  3. If your LinkedIn profile is established, connect with relevant people at the companies you’ve targeted. Showcase your initiative and reach out directly to managers at these companies. You can usually find their contact information on the company website. If you cannot find out this information online, call the company directly and ask the receptionist for the name and email address of the hiring manager.
  4. Once you’ve made contact, ask if you may arrange an informational interview. Even if they do not have a position open at the time, you probably will be on the list of prospects when one is.
  5. Be sure that your resume is updated and customized to each of the positions you target. Bring it, plus several copies with you to every in person meeting, and have a copy in front of you during every phone call. You never know when an initial reach out may turn in to a phone interview on the spot. Always be prepared.

Your perfect match awaits you. You deserve a happy career. Now go out and find it!

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About the Author

Sally Calloway

As a Certified Professional Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer and Employment Trends Analyst, Sally Calloway has discovered new rules, and little-known, proven strategies that every job seeker needs to know. Throughout her 15-year span of career development experience, Sally has collaborated and consulted with human resources professionals and recruiters across the globe, and with renowned organizations including Disney and MGM International. In her former role, Calloway served as the College director of career services for eight years. She taught career success classes and provided career services to thousands of students and graduates helping them land internships and employment despite the downturn of the employment economy. Currently as an author, speaker career coach, and expert resume writer she coaches and mentors job seekers of all levels from recent college graduates to C-level executives, and former military personnel. Coach Sally has transformed thousands of resumes into job-winning machines that recruiters rave about through her powerful “value-stacking” resume building technique. Her revolutionary job interview techniques help candidates interview with ease and confidence, land offers on the spot, and more money. Sally Calloway has a passion for helping job seekers effectively illustrate their accomplishments on their resume and communicate their value with confidence in interviews so that they can achieve their career dreams. For a free resume critique, you may email your resume as a Word attachment to coachsally49@gmail.com For speaking inquiries, Sally Calloway may be contacted via email at: coachsally49@gmail.com