Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Hidden job market

So what is this hidden job market?

Research has it that 7 out of 10 jobs are not advertised but arise and are filled through the hidden job market.

So how do you become visible in such an invisible world? Networks and Connections are the players in this game.

A lady connected with me on LinkedIn recently and told me she needed a job. I told her to send in her CV and I had a look. I did not have a job for her at the time but kept the CV. About a month afterwards, she sent me a reminder message which I acknowledged. Two weeks or more after that, I heard about a vacancy and immediately thought of her. I fished out her CV and forwarded on her behalf. She was called for an interview and got the job.

That seemed easy but I bet you it was not. She understood that to get a job, she could not rely on the existing job vacancies posted daily on job boards and newspapers. She had to access the hidden jobs. The point is, if you want to get called for job vacancies in the hidden job market, you have to do some or all of the following:

  • Contact and connect with experts in the field you are interested in.
  • Volunteer at organizations you are interested in working.
  • Keep up with news and information in the relevant sector.
  • Show that you are committed to your career by becoming a thought leader.
  • Post relevant articles and information about your field online.
  • Look out for the sector the government is investing in
  • Make contributions to peoples posts and articles that shows your interests.

Follow these easy tips and enter in the world of the hidden job market!

 

P.S

Please do not clog my inbox with CVs just because of what I wrote above. Remember that you do not want to get lost in a world of several emails/CVs. 😉

 

Advertisements

Dear Applicant, I don’t think you really wanted that job!

Unemployment is everywhere, they say.

Jobs are not available, they cry.

People only hire people they know, they lament.

We didn’t stand a chance, they chorus.

Well here’s my reply to you, dear applicant.

Dear Applicant,

You applied for a job and I called you for a phone interview but you never picked up your phone and you never called back. Did you think I was a stalker or your little nephew asking for money again?

I don’t think you really wanted that job!

Dear Applicant,

I advertised a vacancy and requested that people send in CVs. Your email arrived with a cover letter in the body of the mail. I was really impressed and could not wait to view your CV. There was only one problem. You forgot to attach the CV.

I did the unthinkable… I replied your email asking you to attach your CV and you did not reply me until the next day, without an apology. In any case, it was already too late.

I don’t think you really wanted that job!

Dear Applicant,

I advertised a vacancy and requested that people send in CVs. Your email arrived with an attachment but no subject nor message. All I saw in the body of the email was

‘Sent from my Blackberry Smartphone’

I don’t think you really wanted that job!

Dear Applicant,

I advertised a vacancy and requested that people send in CVs. Your email arrived forwarded from the last place you sent it to. And PS, there was no attachment.

I don’t think you really wanted that job!

Dear Applicant,

I advertised for a vacancy and requested that people send in CVs. Your email came in with a short cover letter telling me how qualified you were for the role. You said your CV would convince me beyond all reasonable doubt that you were the one for the position. I opened your CV expecting soo much…. and I didn’t find one word that qualified you as right for the position. I even used Ctrl F to search for the keyword in the role and came up blank.

I don’t think you really wanted that job!

Dear Applicant,

You were invited for an interview and you arrived slightly late but in good time. I interviewed you and to be frank, you were OK. The only problem was…. You were dressed in a micro mini skirt and had huge false eyelashes.

In my humble opinion, I don’t think you really wanted that job!

 

I really would love to take a stab at reducing unemployment but job seekers make it so difficult for anyone to help them. And so this is me venting and pleading…..

Prove to me that you really want that job!

 

Signed,

Hiring Manager.