Those “Hidden” Jobs

Most open jobs never make it to job boards or even the company careers page

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#1:  Most open positions are filled through personal networking.

Only 20% (at the most, quite possibly closer to 10%) of jobs are filled through postings on job sites or company websites.
And … HR really doesn’t have the time to sort through all the resumes of people who just want a job, any job.  Please do NOT send your resume to a company just because you want to work there when you don’t have the right skills for the job they have posted.  There simply is not enough time in the day for an HR person to really read resumes and put yours aside for a role that has not opened.  Recent studies have shown that for every 5 resumes that get to the hiring managers desk, 1000 have been received.  If it is not obvious that you fit the description of the person they need, yours will not be one of those five.

More than 70% of jobs (and perhaps as much as 85%) are filled through a direct connection with someone in the company that eventually hires you.

Employee referrals and offline (faceto-face) networking fill at least 75% even if you have sent a resume to their website.

So where does that leave you?

You have to be the one to initiate the contacts, strategically!
You need to divide up and prioritize your search in a way that makes sense to you to be hired for the position you want.

You need to know what you have to offer – what skills you have and which ones you want to use in your next job.

You need to know what you want in your next job – what tasks you want to do, what responsibilities you desire, what commute, what company culture, what working environment, etc.  What are your criteria for the “right fit”?

What companies can offer this?  And how can you find out?  By doing your homework and then by networking!

Who do you know in each of the companies that looks good from the outside?  This should not be the hiring manager or even one of the team that you want to join.  Someone in another department will be able to tell you about those things that are not on the company’s website – commute, culture, environment, etc. 
 
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