How To Find And Access The Hidden Job Market – 3 STEPS
In this post, I’m going to go through three steps to access the hidden job market so that you can start getting interviews and job offer more quickly.
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The first thing is believing and understanding how it works.
Finding the hidden job market is about knowing and believing the facts.
80% to 90% of jobs are not advertised. You can look anywhere, you could see different stats, but it’ll tell you the majority of jobs are not advertised.
Why? Because it’s pretty costly and annoying to screen through hundreds of resumes.
People don’t like to do that. That’s why there are automated systems, and that’s why everyone is trying to find a more efficient way to try and screen resumes.
And these more efficient ways normally include less manpower, fewer people going through the resumes.
That’s the first thing you need to understand is the reason why society doesn’t want to have to go through all these resumes, it’s because it’s very, very time consuming and everybody submits to the one posting and then you end up lost in a pile, and that’s kind of what happens.
They’d rather just have a referral come through, somebody gives them a resume, they’d rather just interview that person and be like, “Okay, great. This person’s going to do a great job for us. Let’s just hire him or her and we can get on with our lives.”
The second thing, understanding that no matter how you look at it, this is a numbers game.
I coached a client when he first came to me, he hadn’t had much success yet. He was applying for jobs.
I asked him how many job applications he had submitted through the job site. He said, “About 100.” I said, “How many responses did you get from that 100?” He said, “One.”
I asked him how many contacts OR new people had he reached out to. He said he reached out to six people. And I said, “Out of those six people, how many replied?” He said, “Two.”
A conversion rate is out of how many people you reached out to, how many people responded.
His conversion rate on sending out messages to one-to-one people was a lot higher. So it was a 33% conversion rate instead of 1%.
Even if those two people didn’t offer him a job right away, he was still a lot further along and he’d already made contact with two human beings, whereas applying for 100 jobs had gotten him one interview which was still good to get one interview.
But see where all that effort went versus where he was reaching out to one person and making contact with one person.
That’s your first step in accessing the hidden job market is having conversations like that.
The third thing is you don’t need to know exactly how it’s going to happen yet.
You just need to take the next step.
And that next step for you might be reaching out to somebody on a one-to-one basis.
You know how no matter how it’s going to work, you’re still going to need to talk to somebody, you’re going to need to talk to another human being, whether that be by phone OR in person.
The more people you can strategically connect with, the higher your chances are going to be of getting that job you want.
And this is how my clients get jobs, and this is how I got jobs.
In this post, this is what I want to drive home for you is you are going to get farther ahead by connecting with more human beings on a one-to-one basis, human beings who are working in the companies you want to be working in.
Human beings who know other human beings who can connect you, who can help you, who can pass your resume along, and you need to show up, bring your value, bring your expertise and show them how you are going to be able to help them and offer value to what they’re doing.
This is how you access the hidden job market.
This is essentially the big picture of what you need to do.
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