The Secret of â€œHiddenâ€ Job Market:
Some of the largest employment agencies and outplacement firms did research and estimated that less than 25% of all the jobs paying good wages are filled by employment agencies or applicants responding to wanted ads. In fact, many of these jobs are never advertised at all! About 75% of these jobs are filled by recommendation and referral; someone already working at that company refers a friendâ€¦by â€œtipsâ€â€”â€œI hear XYZX is hiringâ€¦â€---or by prospective employees presenting themselves to companies without regard to whether they are known to be hiring or filling a position at that moment.
This â€œ75% factorâ€ tells you that you need to DIVERSIFY your job search. For example, youâ€™ll want to let everybody you know who is employed anywhere, as well as â€œcenter of influenceâ€ type people like your, or your familyâ€™s, accountant, lawyer, banker, know that you are interested in finding a particular type of position. Put the word out! Build a â€œtarget listâ€ of employers you think youâ€™d like to work for and contact them, even if they are not advertising any openings or known to be hiring.
Key#4: Always Be Preparing For Your Next Move Up The Career Ladder.
Through employer offered training, other formal or informal training and informal self-study with books, other publications, classes and seminars, you will benefit greatly by being in the â€œgetting ready for my next, better positionâ€ mode all the time.