How to unlock the hidden job market

Video Chapters 

• What is the hidden job market?


•  Using LinkedIn to help me access the hidden job market


•  Using company websites/social media to help me access the hidden job market


•  The importance of networking to access the hidden job market

About this lesson

Nearly 70% of companies hire through employee referrals. These job openings are never posted online and employers choose not to advertise them publicly. Instead, they tap employees and internal networks to fill open positions. As a job seeker, you need to find a way to break into this “hidden” job market. It is one of the most effective ways to get hired quickly, make a career transition, or land your first professional job. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to take advantage of this massive hidden job market and be the first to learn about new opportunities.

Workbook Activities

This lesson covers pages 6-7 in the Finding and Applying to Jobs Deep Dive Workbook. You can also use the Take Notes widget to complete these activities. 

1. How have you currently been looking for open positions? After having watched the lesson, are there changes you’ll make to your strategy? Where will you start looking for open positions now?

2. Use networking to help you unlock the hidden job market. To start, spend some time online, finding companies that are located in your area and that hire in the career field you’re interested in. Once you’ve identified those companies, look them up on LinkedIn and then click on the “People” tab to see who works there. Look for alumni from your program or for people who studied the same subject you have. Who are some people you’d like to connect with?

3. Once you’ve identified some people you’d like to talk to, draft a connection and informational interview request you can send them, using the guidelines from this lesson. Proof it, and send it to them!

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This deep dive helps students apply for jobs in their chosen career field. Video lessons teach students how to write and modify resumes, articulate their skills and competencies in job applications, unlock the hidden job market, and demonstrate cultural fit.

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