Is the hidden job market really hidden?
PORTLAND, OR -- You may have come across a blurb in a publication that brings up the subject of the hidden job market. And you've probably asked yourself "why is it hidden and how can I find it?" Well I have good news for you. The hidden job market isn't really hidden; but it will take creativity, resourcefulness and determination to access.
The hidden job market is just another name for a proactive job search. Gone are the days when looking through the Sunday paper with highlighter in hand would consistently result in promising job leads. And if you are waiting by the phone for hiring managers and recruiters to contact you after posting your resume on one or two job boards, make sure you have access to a bathroom - it will likely be a very long wait!
Check the job boards routinely and set up an automatic search agent so the job boards will send you an email with job postings matching your criteria. If a proactive job search sounds like a lot of work...you are absolutely right! In a competitive market, the candidate who is willing to put in the time and effort, while being a bit more creative and tenacious, will likely have the advantage. There is some truth in the old adage that we make our own luck. So what are you waiting for? It's time to get busy and find that best fit career opportunity!