Cracking The Hidden Job Market: How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy
Can’t find a job? Maybe you’re seeing only half the picture!
Half the job market is invisible
Are you spending all your time applying to posted job openings—postings that draw hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of applications? No matter how perfect you are for the job, there is always someone else who’s a little more qualified, more experienced. The key to success in the current job market is breaking through to the hidden job market. Over half of all jobs go to someone who did not apply to a posted opening at all. What are they doing and how are they doing it? They’re finding new jobs before the posting hits the Internet.
Career guru Donald Asher offers proven strategies for finding great opportunities in any industry. With Cracking the Hidden Job Market you’ll stop wasting time and effort and beat the job-search odds by learning how to:
• find jobs that are never posted anywhere
• get complete strangers to help you find a job
• convince potential employers to give you an interview—even when they’re “not hiring”
• find—and land—the new jobs in this, or any, economy
Every page of Cracking the Hidden Job Market is packed with no-frills fundamentals to change the way you look for a job, this time—and forever!
it all day every day, you’d get a job sooner than later. (I have a file of newspaper clippings about job seekers who did some version of this and all of them were successful, some after the local news covered their unusual exertions.) No amount of effort is going to get a job to come open that simply isn’t there, however. If you want to be an international fashion model, you can’t stay in Peoria. If you want to be a $250,000 executive, and there are no $250,000 jobs near the small-town
their staffing needs as circumstances evolve. Although the job market in your field today where you are living may not indicate this, there is an historic shift of power going on right now, away from employers and toward high-skill workers. If you are a high-skill worker, hiring authorities may be willing to talk to you anytime, to keep you in the queue in case an opening appears down the road. Here’s a sample script for presenting this rationale: “I understand that you’re not hiring right now.
interviews or consideration as a candidate-in-waiting. This process will also turn up openings for which the organization has an active search right now and, of course, you will apply for all of those following the instructions and advice of your contacts. Timing matters. You don’t have to do everything all at once. You might not want to send 200 emails into an organization on the same day. That might alarm people if they start comparing notes at the water cooler. But you have 100 leads at all
and return it to me, I would be very appreciative. All you have to do is hit “reply” to this email, and give your responses. Thank you!!! 1. Does your company ever hire new college graduates? Yes No 2. If yes, for what positions or types of positions? 3. Do you hire undergraduate interns? Yes No We’d consider it 4. Do you hire post-baccalaureate interns? Yes No We’d consider it 5. Do you hire graduate interns? Yes No We’d consider it 6. Which of the following skills, talents, traits,
I’ve been in the classroom for years!” Then they hear about an opening in retail sales, “I’d be perfect for this position. I love to shop!” I’m not really picking on college graduates, actually. We all do this. When people respond to openings, they can look downright ridiculous. I once had a job candidate who wanted me to help her apply for a posted job in television spot advertising sales, and her rationale was that she liked to watch TV and knew the shows. That’s bound to win her that job