I recently had a conversation with a client who was exploring new avenues to advance his job search. “Should I stick to recruiters? Is an agency my best choice? Should I make the investment and hire a company who can handle everything for me?” – were among the questions he asked me.
After talking with him and offering strategic advice, I really got to thinking about this “hidden” job market. Is it really hidden from the masses and only available to a select few? If it’s really hidden, come they know where it is – but that’s just the facetious side of me peeking out:)
Okay, so before you start bowing down to me, it’s as simple as this – when you employ a proactive NOT a reactive job search strategy, it means going after unadvertised opportunities long before they become posted job listings. How do you access or create those opportunities? It’s easier than you think:
Yes, these strategies really work – one of my best friends got a new position within two months after sending in resumes directly to companies. She missed the application deadline for her top choice company and still landed an interview and secured an offer with them.
An effective job search strategy takes close to 40 hours a week in activities. Yes, you read it correctly…it takes work, creativity, and sheer commitment to get positive results from a job search.
What can you try today?