Where to Search for Jobs: Understanding the Hidden Job Market

March 4, 2013

Job Hunt, Networking, Social Media

Get Hired Fast - where to search for jobsSometimes you have to be more imaginative when you are looking for a job. We have all heard about the hidden job market but actually finding one of those jobs may seem to be difficult – especially if you don’t know where to look for these positions. However, understanding the hidden job market may help tell you where to search for jobs. Here are some ways to improve your hidden job search.

What Is the Hidden Job Market?

Hidden jobs are those that are not advertised publically on a company’s website, job boards, or newspapers; employers may fill these jobs by networking or undergoing a private candidate search. Experts suggest that up to 80% of jobs are hidden, but it is difficult to know this number for sure. Some also suspect that when the economy is bad, the number of hidden jobs increases. Either way, to find one of these jobs, you need to be fortunate and persistent.

Finding These Jobs

Looking for these jobs requires research and good timing. Most industries are hiring at some point and you need to search to figure out which companies in your chosen industry are hiring at what time. Articles about companies that are expanding are probably planning to hire new workers so that is the first place you should be looking.

You also need to reach out to friends and friends of friends; these people may have contacts and information about potential positions with different companies. Social groups and organizations may also provide leads for jobs. Social media can also play a role here by expanding your reach as well. Finding hidden jobs often depends on who you know. Expanding your group of contacts increases your chances.

Hidden Jobs App: Another Tool in Your Search

While networking and reaching out is probably the most important thing you can do to find a hidden job, there is another technique that may offer some assistance. The company CareerCloud has an application – Hidden Jobs App – that professes to point out hidden jobs all across the country. This application searches through company sources, newspaper articles, public articles, and other information to figure out when and which companies may be hiring. The app gives you an alert when jobs are added in your state of interest and allows you to share articles with anyone else.

States with Most Hidden Jobs

The Hidden Job application also lists the states that have the most hidden jobs. For 2013, these states are:

  • Texas: This state is ranked number one for the year with 10,761 hidden jobs.
  • Michigan: Michigan has 10,222 undisclosed jobs in a variety of industries.
  • Ohio: This state has 9,785 unlisted jobs according to this application. Hotels, medical centers, retail stores, and restaurants are all potential job sources.
  • California: This state was number one during the last ranking. There are at least 8,834 jobs in California that are not advertised publically.

The number of jobs in the states on this list may vary by day since the application does a continuous search. This application is a good place to start – one you can use to get a lead on a position. You can then reach out to your contact base and your social media links to find connections at the company.

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