Job Seekers – frustration finding a new job or changing your career. Tips on accessing the hidden job market.

Job Seekers – frustration finding a new job or changing your career.

Are you on a career change journey?  Are you feeling frustrated trying to get a new job, or struggling to break into a new industry?

It can be extremely demotivating with so much competition in the job market, given the current economic crisis. However, there are other effective ways to search out that new career in addition to the traditional SEEK & standard online job applications.

Responding to advertisements on job boards alongside working with recruiters tends be most effective for candidate looking to change jobs rather than change industry.

If you are looking to change career / industry we recommend a more proactive approach in your job searching activities.  Active job searching is all about tapping into the hidden job market.

What is the hidden job market?

The hidden job market is a term used to describe jobs that are not advertised or posted online. Employers might not post jobs for a number of reasons – for example, they might be trying to save money on advertising, or they might prefer getting candidates through employee referrals.  It is estimate that over 70% of employers still begin hunting for talent internally and in their immediate networks, prior to external recruitment. Typically, the more senior the role, the less chance it will be advertised

Whether you are an Executive Manager, Middle Manager, Team leader or even a graduate, we believe active job searching will increase most job seekers chance of securing a new role.

How to create an active job search strategy

In order to be successful, you will need a focussed approach to finding your next job opportunity.  We believe the following tips will point you in the right direction to make a start.

Tips on active job seeking & tapping into the hidden job market:

Create a plan – What do you need to do? Who will you contact?  What will your message be?

Expand your network – Become an active member of Linkedin.  This professional social networking site allows you to connect with people and expand your circle of connections, building contacts with key people.

Visit networking events as a member or go to industry specific Meetups.

Spread the word – Announce on Social Media that you are looking for a new opportunity.  Make sure people in your circle know your intentions.  Your friends, family, ex colleagues and business contacts each have their own connections.  You don’t know who knows who.

Introductions – Identify companies you wish to work for and through your networks / connections work out who you know that is connected with people in that company / industry.  Ask for an introduction.

Message – If you are close to people, picking up the phone and verbalising your intentions is ideal, however you may feel more comfortable sending a message.

An example of a good message would be –  “I’m currently considering a change in career/industry and was hoping to get your help. I am skilled in………….. but want to change and transfer my skills to…………….industry.  I’m ideally looking for ……………..role in companies such as ……………..I would appreciate it if you could introduce me to people that you may know in this industry”.

The follow up is extremely important.  Once you have the information / introduction be sure to make contact and ask for an informal meeting / interview / quick phone conversation.  Be clear what you are wanting and don’t be disheartened if a meeting / interview does not come to fruition.  Not everyone will be willing to meet but you have still made the connection for future reference.

If you need assistance with a career change, or maybe you have a mind block on how to move forward, please contact us.  We have career coaching options available and would be happy to discuss how we can help with a free career call.  Email – info@patresepeople.com.au