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Scoring a Job Before it's Posted: Reaching Out to Hiring Managers is Key

Posted at 8:16 AM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 08:16:03-04

LANSING, Mich. — Weekly jobless claims rose to 1.4 million new claims last week. In comparison continuing claims fell with roughly a million people able to get off unemployment, but it's still not easy to find a job right now. Alicia Nieves shows us, how you could have luck in the hidden job market.

Unemployment in the U.S. is still alarmingly high. “people are overwhelmed by the news, they are overwhelmed when they see that a million extra people just filed for unemployment.”

Sarah Johnston runs the company Briefcase Coach she’s a job search strategist, helping people find work in this job market. “the good news is, my clients and I know from looking at linkedin’s update, people are getting jobs.

”Finding a job right now is not easy it. It is competitive, but Johnston says if you search in the “hidden job market” you’ll find better success. “The hidden job market, are all the jobs that are unadvertised online.

”An employer may be planning a promotion or expanding but hasn’t announced that yet, if you can get to know hiring manager before new jobs post. You have a better chance of topping their list of candidates.

So how do you search for a job in the hidden job market?

“Tip number one is to understand what your options are. You really need to know your target companies. Who hires people like you for work that you want to do.”

She says create a “target list” of the companies you want to work for and find out who are the hiring managers.

Then move on to tip number two: see who in your existing network may know or have connections to those managers or someone in that list of companies.

“The final tip would be do not be afraid of being proactive in your job search and making contact or reaching out or getting an introduction to a hiring manager at your dream company or companies on your target list.”

“It only takes one conversation to change the entire trajectory of your job search.”

Johnston partnered with LinkedIn for a more in-depth course on navigating the hidden job market, it’s free to LinkedIn members.

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