Your Path to Employment
Half of all job openings are “hidden,” which means as many as 25 million job openings a year are not posted or advertised—they’re only discovered through direct contact and networking.
If half of all new jobs are hidden, it makes sense to spend at least half of your time finding and targeting them. Compared to applying for an advertised or “visible” position, finding a hidden job may require you to work a little harder and be a little bolder—but since you’ll probably have a lot less competition when you do find them, it’s definitely worth it.
Save time and effort by going after hidden jobs in the most productive and proven way by:
Building your personal brand
A brand is a particular identity or image that is considered an asset. In this case, the asset is you. There are many ways to set yourself apart during a job search. One way is by understanding how other people see you as a person, professional, co-worker or employee. Learn how others view your expertise, trustworthiness, what you represent or stand for, and which qualities of you they think are the strongest. A Personal Brand is, in many ways, equal to your reputation. Uncovering and communicating what makes you unique and different from everyone else will help you fine-tune your message to your target audience.
Creating your elevator speech
When talking with people about your job search, they’ll naturally ask about your background and what you’re looking for. These can be tough questions to answer because you might not know what the person wants to hear or how long your answer should be. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is taking too long to tell your story. That’s why you should write and memorize a 30-second and a 60-second “commercial” about yourself. Remember – the key is to keep it to the point and highlight your strengths.
Gaining opportunities and experience
If you have a company in mind that you really want to work at but there are not any available positions, then get creative to get your foot in the door. Internships and volunteering are two ways you can insert yourself in the company you want to work at, show them in actions how much of an asset you are, and incorporate yourself as part of the team. employU can help you get your foot in the door at many companies with our paid on-the-job-training program where we will pay you for your time spent developing these opportunities so you can land your dream job at your dream location.