How to get a job without going through online offers?

When looking for a job, the first instinct is to refer to sites that offer work, and that seems logical. The problem is that if you only rely on these tools, you will only find positions that are advertised to thousands of other Internet users.

It’s only when you look beyond these platforms to the hidden job market that some of the most exciting opportunities emerge.

What is the hidden job market?

For those unfamiliar with this hidden job market, these are job postings that may exist but are not currently being advertised online. There are several reasons why an organization may choose not to actively advertise a position: it may be planning to hire internally or it may rely on employee referrals.

It could also be that a new position is still in development and he doesn’t know how to define the job title or day-to-day responsibilities. But if you wait for that job to appear online, you could be missing out on your dream job.

So by looking beyond the jobs advertised online, you can open yourself up to a whole host of new opportunities, but how can you find a job if you don’t even know the job exists?

Use your network

Over the years, you’ve likely developed a network of relationships in your industry, and you should never stop expanding it.

When you’re looking for a job you want, it’s a good idea to reach out to your connections and let them know you’re looking for a job. You should also give them an idea of ​​your skills and experience, and how you think you can help their business.

You can do this by email, just ask if they have any vacancies. You can also set up a business meeting to discuss this with them in person or over the phone.

Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great way to keep growing your network, but it also gives you many other techniques for finding unadvertised jobs.

First, you can share an update to let your contacts know that you’re available for work, along with your references. This may encourage them to contact you and inform you about available positions at their company.

You can also join industry-related groups, where you can share interesting information and participate in relevant conversations. By introducing yourself and participating in the conversation, you increase your chances of being contacted for interesting opportunities.

Participate in industry events

Trade shows and industry events can be the perfect way to meet others in your industry and open yourself up to unadvertised positions.

Before you go, it’s important to prepare an elevator pitch and keep it in mind when meeting new people. Also bring an up-to-date copy of your resume and a notepad to jot down email addresses and other important information.

You can also volunteer for these events, which will allow you to demonstrate your passion for your industry and give you the opportunity to network with many like-minded professionals and organizations.

Research the companies you are interested in

Job hunting is not limited to finding the perfect position; in fact, in many cases, it’s best to start with the company.

If there’s an organization you’ve always dreamed of working for, this is the perfect opportunity to contact them to find out if they have any openings. Just because they may not advertise online or on their website doesn’t mean the job doesn’t exist.

So get the contact details of the most qualified employee, for example the internal recruiter or the department manager of your choice. You can then contact them with your CV, explaining why you think you would be an asset to the company.

Offer freelance work

Finally, and this will totally depend on the type of work you do, but if there is a specific company you want to work for, you might consider freelancing or contracting with them.

Reach out to relevant employees with your proposal, explaining your services, past experience, and how you can add value to their business. Then, if they think your services might be useful, you’ll have the opportunity to work with them, meet other people in the company, and learn about open positions.

As you can see, when looking for a job, being proactive always pays off. This way, you have a better chance of discovering unadvertised positions and landing your dream job.

Article translated from Forbes US – Author: Andrew Fennell

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