You hear it over and over again. People say things like, “There are just no jobs out there!” And, “No one’s hiring for the kind of position I want.” Most of the time, when people say things like this, it’s because they aren’t looking in all the right places. They think that all available jobs on the market are posted on job boards, and so that’s where their searches begin—and end.
Tap Into the Hidden Job Market
While job boards are great places to find a lot of open positions, they’re really not your only option. In fact, there’s actually a hidden job market that’s full of opportunities … if you know where to look.
Now, by “hidden”, we don’t mean that there’s a secret society of employers who require a special handshake or password. Rather, there are a lot of jobs available that aren’t necessarily posted on job boards. With just a little bit of legwork and networking, you can access them and find yourself in the career you want, working for a company you love.
Pick Up the Phone
First of all, you probably have a few companies and departments in mind, right? Start by picking up the phone and cold calling the decision makers at these companies. Don’t be afraid to ask them if they’re looking for any new talent. If they are, discuss your qualifications with them briefly and ask them if they would be interested in receiving a résumé and cover letter.
Don’t be pushy at this point. If they are interested in hiring you, they’ll be more than happy to tell you where to send your credentials. Be sure to thank them for their time, and then go get a stamp and envelope (or open your e-mail, whichever they prefer)!
Grab a Stamp
Even if you can’t get in touch with the hiring managers or other decision makers at the companies you’re interested in, don’t give up. Getting the mailing address for their human resources department should be pretty straightforward and easy. Go ahead and send them your cover letter and résumé. If they have a position you’re qualified for, they’ll be in touch soon.
Start Networking—On and Offline
While you’re doing all this, keep a close eye on your social networks—especially LinkedIn. Who do you know who works in your field? Who can you network with to get your foot in the door? Talk to your friends, family, and acquaintances about your job search. You might be surprised to discover who’s connected with decision makers in your industry.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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