Research suggests that as many as 80% of job vacancies are unadvertised. Here is some advice on how to make sure you’re making the most of the unadvertised job market.
Many job seekers are unaware that the roles advertised in the press and online are really only the tip of the iceberg in relation to the total number of jobs available at any one time.
In these tough economic times, recruitment agencies and employers can save money and cut back on advertising because they already have access to so many CVs. Indeed, research suggests that as many as 80% of all jobs are unadvertised.
Jobs that are advertised often attract dozens or even hundreds of applications. Investing time and effort in tracking down unadvertised jobs, however, will almost certainly pay off because fewer people will be applying for them.
So here are some practical strategies for finding unadvertised vacancies.
These days many companies pay a bonus to employees who can introduce a new member of staff. Companies prefer to do this because they can save on expensive advertising and agency fees. Employees who have been offered this bounty will be only too pleased to hear from friends or former colleagues who are looking for work.
So your first strategy should be to to make sure that all your friends (including your Facebook friends), neighbors, former colleagues or business associates know that you are looking for a new position. If there are unadvertised jobs with their employer then, assuming you have the right skills and experience, they will probably be keen to help.
Use social media
You should also use a professional networking site like JobAcute Network. Make sure you become a member of the network and provide your details and requirements to JobAcute team correctly. Recruiters routinely search JobAcute network looking for candidates for their unadvertised jobs; Being a JobAcute member ensures that they can easily find your details and hire you.
Twitter is also an excellent source of jobs. They’re not jobs that are advertised conventionally but a quick search will demonstrate that there is plenty of tweeting going on between job seekers and recruiters.
Recent research in the India suggests that many companies are either using or are planning to use social media as a key part of their recruitment strategy, and it’s happening all over world.
It’s easy to join JobAcute network and start connecting potential employers and their recruiters. You can receive direct job openings from many employers and can apply directly. You won’t always get a response, but JobAcute is a friendly platform and some senior managers may be impressed by your initiative.
Get Job notification about potential jobs straight to your Whatsapp
Use JobAcute network to get regular Whatsapp notifications of events that might lead to a job opportunity. You will receive unadvertised job opening from employers and recruiter directly to your Whatsapp. Receive and apply to the jobs then and there.
Contact employers directly
If you hear about a possible job opportunity then you can make a direct approach to the company. Don’t send speculative applications to the HR manager or recruitment manager as you are unlikely to get a response. Take some time to research the company using Google or LinkedIn and try to identify the person within that organisation who might have a suitable vacancy; then send a speculative application letter and your CV to them by name.
Sending a direct or speculative application really does pay off, but it’s quality rather than quantity that’s important so don’t send out a blanket mail shot to 100 companies. Identify just a few organisations and send a customized application to each of them. Even if they don’t have a current vacancy many companies acknowledge speculative applications and generally keep CVs on file for at least six months.
Attend trade fairs and conferences
These are events where potentially all of the main employers in your field are gathered in one location. You can find out about upcoming events in the press and on the internet. The same applies to careers fairs, which are run on a regular basis by universities and are often open to both students and graduates. When you attend these events take plenty of copies of your CV and some business cards, and start networking.
Of course you should keep responding to conventional job advertisements, but rather than sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring, take control of your job search and be pro-active.