Is there such a thing as the hidden job market? Yes. Then where is it? The answer is everywhere. Then how do you find it?
1,000 individuals will see a job post, 200 will begin the application process, 100 will complete the application, 75 of those 100 resumes will be screened out by either the ATS or a recruiter, 25 resumes will be seen by the hiring manager, 4 to 6 will be invited for an interview, 1 to 3 of them will be invited back for final interview, 1 will be offered that job and 80 percent of those receiving an offer will accept it (Talent Function Group LLC).
250 resumes are received for every job opening. 427,000 resumes are posted online every week. Only 2% of applicants actually get interviews. Now you know why you cannot rely on answering online job posting. What to do?
1.Research a list of potential employers, companies, organizations, foundations, or universities where you would like to work. Use the web, the company site, or LinkedIn to find out the name of a person two levels above you who would be in a position to hire you if they had a job.
2.Write an email directly to that person telling them about you and why you want their advice. Tell them you are impressed with their organization and would love to learn more about them. You are looking for their career advice and would love to chat.
3.Call the person – It may take several calls to get an information meeting. Find out when they are in, perhaps before 9 or after 5 PM. Ask for 15 minutes of their time where you can learn about their company, their background, their career, and what challenges the company faces.
4.Follow up with another email that reiterates your interest in the company, your expertise and accomplishments directly related to solving their problems. Ask if they would they keep you in mind should an appropriate position open up.
5.Stay in touch every four to six weeks with an email mentioning an article you read or a webinar you attended or some news that might interest them or their company.