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The Hidden Job Market—What It Is PLUS How To Break Into It


Does this sound familiar?

➟You’re in the market for a new role, so you review your ideal company’s career page. 

➟You notice a job posting you’re super excited about and feverishly update your resume and prepare to apply. 

➟The next day, you go back to the careers page to apply, only to notice the job posting is taken down after a handful of days. 

If you’ve ever encountered this situation, you’ve most likely seen the hidden job market in action.

This scenario indicates that the company already had someone in mind, that person applied, and the job came down off the job board.

Today we are diving into the hidden job market and why companies leverage it. I’ll share details on how to tap into the hidden job market through informational interviews and why referrals are your golden ticket to a new company! 

Key Takeaways From Today’s Episode

What is the hidden job market?
The hidden job market is a term used to describe jobs that aren’t OBVIOUSLY advertised.

Why should you try to understand this market?
Understanding the “hidden job market” is critical to setting the stage for why relationships are crucial in the job search process.

How do you tap into this market?
The best way to tap into the hidden job market is through informational interviews or advice chats. Referrals are your golden ticket into a new organization!

Resources mentioned in this episode:
Ep. 12 // The Networking Mindset: A Fresh Perspective on Connecting with Others
Ep. 20 // The Fortune Is In The Follow-up! How to Strategically Use Follow-up In Your Job Search 

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Want more career wisdom? Check out these podcast episodes/blog posts!

Ep. 5 // Tipping Points + 5 Things Holding You Back From Making A Career Change
Ep. 6 // 6 Secrets To Building Momentum For Making A Career Change
Ep. 7 // How To Break The Rules (And Why You Should) Part 1

For more insider stories, quick tips, and #CareerTalk, I invite you to connect with me on Instagram @flourish.careers.

March 1, 2023

The Hidden Job Market—What It Is PLUS How To Break Into It

The Hidden Job Market—What It Is PLUS How To Break Into It

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