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Australia – Finding the hidden job market

19 September 2013

Not all vacancies are advertised, and if you are looking for a new job, recruiting experts Hays has advice on how to tap into the hidden jobs market and increase your chance of finding the right job to advance your career.

Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand, said: “The hidden jobs market is big and very active in Australia. Many positions vacant are never advertised and are filled through informal or formal networks. The statistics vary, but the consensus seems to be that at least 50% of jobs are not advertised”.

According to Nick, there are several ways you can open the door to this hidden jobs market. “Networking will help you access the hidden jobs market. But effective networking covers more than simply adding new LinkedIn connections.  It means staying in touch and one of the best ways to do this is to share relevant and engaging content.  You should also make your connections aware when you are job hunting and ask if they know anyone you could talk to about a job.” 

“You can also join an industry association or professional group and attend functions or seminars. Of course you should also partner with a recruiting expert. A recruiter invests many hours in calling local employers to find the best job opportunities. They can tell you which organisations are hiring and where the jobs are.”

Nick added: “Your recruitment consultant will become your advocate with employers and will promote your strengths and expertise. They can also give you advice on what it’s like to work at the organisation you’re applying for and the type of questions you are likely to be asked in the interview.”

“It is a recruitment consultant’s job to find the best person for each role. But even if one initial role is not right for you, recruitment consultants that know you will remember you when other relevant roles come along.”

Nick has one final piece of advice: “Stay in touch with recruitment consultants you have had positive dealings with. Even when you are in a job, it pays to keep your valuable contacts fresh.”

According to Hays, with these steps you are in a much stronger position to tap into the hidden jobs market when it comes time for your next jobs search. 

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