Not only are job applications more structured and selective through online databases, they are also being posted during a tight economy. Therefore, a job search is like a job! In order to have a step up in the game, be a part of the hidden job market. So…what is the hidden job market? It is part of the beginning of the interview process, where employers ask their first network of connections for leads on applicants. In order to connect, you need to expand your network and be on the inside of this process. This can be accomplished many ways. You can set up a profile on LinkedIn, attend networking events such as a Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) Hot Spot (ylni.org), increase your marketability with experience (get an internship, co-op, externship, part-time related job, volunteer, job shadow), inform your network you are job searching (they can keep their ears open for you too!), send letters of inquiry to employers you are interested in (they are always looking for a good employee when the time is right), attend the IPFW Fall Job Fair September 20, check www.ipfw.edu/JOBZONE on a daily basis, meet with a Career Counselor to practice interviewing, refine your resume, and write a cover letter to set you apart!
Here are a few strategies to help you be successful:
2. Know what you want, employers want confident applicants that know what their values, skills, and interests are!
3. Research companies (what are their goals, mission, strategic plan?)
4. Keep track of your activities & progress
5. Stay positive and be polite to receptionists/clerical staff-they have a hand in your application
6. Always follow up!
Keep in mind: you can go through several job transitions before you are settled.