Between 75 and 90 percent of all job openings are never listed in public portals or media ads.

This statistic may seem startling at first, but when you think about it, it makes sense. Why would a company pay to promote a position when they can use other, more reliable and less costly channels to find their desired talent?

That may be fine for employers, but how do you, as a job seeker, tap into this hidden market? Your strategy requires hard work and perseverance – but it can be done. And, as an added bonus, you’ll have less competition for the opportunities that you do uncover.

Where to Look

Other than job boards, newspaper ads and other traditional channels, where can you turn for the best and hottest career options out there?

  • Check out the careers pages on company websites. While you’re on a site, look for blogs, annual reports and press releases. Find announcements of new products, expanded facilities, or other signs that an organization may be in need of additional staff in the near future. By doing this, you also will be better prepared for any interviews that you land, since you’ll have extended knowledge about the company.
  • Meeting people face to face remains the best way to make contacts and generate job leads. If you’re shy, try attending networking functions with a friend. Just be sure you each reach out to others during the event.
  • Donating your time and skills is a great way to get your foot in the door. Make yourself a known and valuable entity. You’re much more likely to be considered first when a paid opening comes up.
  • Use social media. LinkedIn is a key player here, but use various social platforms to learn about companies and connect with other professionals. Get your profile in front of as many people as possible. Join LinkedIn groups within your current or desired industry. You can also connect directly to HR representatives and recruiters via LinkedIn.
  • Put Google Search to work for you. An applicant tracking system (ATS) is a system that you interact with when you apply for a job. Companies use them to manage responses to their postings. One of the most popular is produced by Taleo. With help from Google, you can search company websites that use the Taleo system. Then, you can find positions that are not posted on popular job boards.
  • Read industry publications. Learn who’s who and what the next big thing in an industry is likely to be. Some industry publications also include specialized job listings. And, reading them provides a crash course if you’re considering a change to a new field.

Are you looking for a new career opportunity now?

One of the best assets in your search for exclusive career opportunities is a recruiter who specializes in your field. Find your next great opportunity by contacting the experts at TRC Professional Solutions today.

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