What is the hidden job market and is it out of reach?

Matthew explains the hidden job market and ways you can find potential jobs from networking and approaching business directly in your field.

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Not all positions will be advertised and this is something very important to know and understand when actively applying for jobs. Most people will tend to go to typical job search websites and submit their resume and covering letter in the hope of gaining an interview. Then their application will go into a pool of 70 or more other applicants vouching for the same position and with similar or greater skills and experience.

The hidden job market is where jobs can be found through a variety of other means than typical online applications. This is from interpersonal communication through cold calling prospective employers, networking with industry professionals via digital media platforms such as LinkedIn and potentially from undertaking volunteering with an organisation.

Tapping into the hidden job market is reachable for everyone but it does take time and effort as well as confidence. Being confident in making a call to a business and marketing your skills and experience to them and asking if there are any opportunities available. It is worth a try.

Author: Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog matthewcoppola.com

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