Today’s topic is, ‘How to Uncover the Hidden Job Market; where do I find the Unadvertised Positions?’
My name is Martin Buckland and I help senior executives reach their career goals. Today I will tell you where those hidden jobs and how to find those hidden jobs and how to capture those hidden jobs.
So it’s a complete fallacy that all jobs are advertised. So many people think that close to a hundred, if not, 100% of positions are advertised. It’s not true. Here in Canada, only 8 or 9% of jobs are advertised while in the USA, only about 19-20% and in the UK, it’s approximately 28 or 29%. Each country has a different percentage, but I can tell you, it doesn’t matter where you are anywhere in the world, the bulk of the jobs are hidden.
Do Some Detective Work
So, what do you do? You must spend a voluminous amount of time doing your research. Are there companies where you know that you would like to work? You might have companies that you liked their products or their service offering or their culture. There may be a company going IPO, and you want to help them go through IPO, because you want to cash in at the other end, but you need to be like my old trade. You need to be a detective. You need to go and hunt those jobs. So it’s a job search; the more hours you put in, the more rewards will come your way.
You need to use LinkedIn and other platforms such as corporate websites, and you need to go and find out who would be your boss or your boss’s boss because so many jobs are unadvertised. They’re hidden.
Find a Decision-Maker
You need to find a person who is a decision-maker. You never know. They might have a vacancy for you right now. And that influencer, that boss or that boss’s boss will then go to human resources, and they will say, “Oh, I’d like to interview this person and I think he will be an ideal candidate to fill this position that I have in my department.”
So the number of hidden jobs is vast. Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that all jobs are advertised.
Another section to this job search wheel that you should also use is executive recruiters, but executive recruiters aren’t a big percentage of available jobs. They are normally between 10 – 15%, maybe 18% of the overall job search wheel. What I want you to concentrate on are the hidden jobs.
My name is Martin Buckland and I can help you advance and manage your career.