How to find jobs that aren’t advertised

When searching for a new job, the first place most people look is on job posting sites. While this can be a great place to start, it has been estimated that only about 20% of jobs are listed on these sites. So where are the other 80% and how can you find them?

The fact that around 80% of job openings are not listed on job search sites is a bit frustrating, as most people don’t even know where to begin looking for these opportunities. While you may be able to find a great job from a Google Jobs search or a job search engine, without knowing about the other 80% of job opportunities, how will you know if you’ve truly found the best job for you?

Listed below are some ideas of how you can find those other job opportunities:

  1. Networking - As most people know, networking involves meeting a variety of different people and “marketing” yourself to them. Now this does not mean that you have to go around bragging about your talents and accomplishments to everyone you meet. What it does mean is that every opportunity to meet a new person is an opportunity to grow your potential job market and, perhaps, meet someone who will get you the job of your dreams. Now, since most of us know quite a lot of people and come into contact with potentially dozens of people each day, narrowing your network down might be essential to helping you find work. In order to do this, you may want to classify your network and figure out which friends, colleagues, or acquaintances may be your best bet at finding the job you are searching for. Once you have done that, put yourself out there! Be clear on what type of job you are looking for and then follow up. Make sure your message is clear and concise and others are able to understand exactly what you are looking for. Include some examples of job titles you would like, as well as some job experience you’ve had that might relate.

  2. Speculative Applications - To some, this may seem a bit extreme or something they would never do, yet sending in your resume to a company you’d like to work for, whether or not they’ve posted a job opening, can be very rewarding. Sometimes companies do not realize that they could benefit from hiring someone who possesses the skills that you possess. By sending in your resume to a company that you would like to work for a position that you are suitable for, it could mean either a call-back or, at the very least, they put your resume aside and hold it for a time when they are hiring. Being proactive can create excellent opportunities.

  3. Volunteer or Become an Intern - Many times, an intern or volunteer position can turn into a permanent (and paid) position. This does not mean that it happens all the time, but it is most certainly possible. By putting in your time and effort and showing the employer of the company that you are serious and dedicated, then they will be much more likely to consider you over someone from the outside when a job opportunity opens up. While it may not be ideal to do a job and not be paid for it, it can potentially pay off in the long-run. Plus, you will gain incomparable experience.

Now let’s take a look at how to land the job once you have found the opportunity:

  1. Follow Up - A follow-up is just as important as the initial contact, and here’s why. By following up with the potential employer, you are demonstrating your dedication and desire to work for their company. Also, this is a way to gently remind them to get back to you, as we all know how busy they must be. When they receive that follow-up email or phone call from you, they will be reminded that you are interested and may even take initiative to set up an interview.

  2. Nail The Interview - While this may be a little easier said than done, there are many things you can do to ensure that your interview goes well. While no one can predict the future, you should at least prepare yourself for potential scenarios during the interview, as well as practice some of your answers. Here are some ways to prepare yourself before an interview:

  • Dress professionally, yet appropriately (if it is an office job, dress in business casual, but if it is a restaurant job, perhaps a bit more casual outfit is in order).

  • Arrive early. This will show your promptness and let them know that you aren’t the kind of person who is always late.

  • Do your homework. This means studying up on the company, its mission and vision, and how it is run. The more you know about how the company works, the more impressed your interviewer will be.

  • Prepare some answers ahead of time. Most interviews involve some basic questions, and having those answers ready to go is a great idea.

  • Have some follow-up questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Instead of letting them ask all of the questions, prepare a few questions to ask them, yourself. By doing this, you are showing interest and initiative.

  1. Have a Professional Resume - This is an important step before and after you have made contact with the company you want to work for. By allowing the professionals at to take your experience and create a professional and appealing resume, you are guaranteed to get a second look.

The knowledgeable team of experts at Resume Press works directly with you to highlight each of your essential skills and qualities, and ensures that your resume is tailored to the exact job that you wish to get. Their quality service will give you a much higher chance of moving forward with the hiring process. Contact them today to begin working on your expertly designed resume.


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