The Job Exchange

Tapping Into The Hidden Job Market

Company Contacts

Let’s start exchanging information that job seekers can use to connect with real people, not Applicant Tracking Systems.

For example, Fannie Mae has a ton of diverse openings across the US.  Does anyone have a recruiter name for Fannie Mae? How about a the name and contact info of a Hiring Manager?

What about other companies you’ve applied to? Do you have contact information you can share?

Are you looking for contact information for a company? If so, enter your request under the comments.

So, let’s start helping each other: If you have an interest in applying directly to a REAL PERSON, add a comment here.

Your comment or request should look something like this:





04/20/2009 Posted by | hidden job market | , | 2 Comments

How To Find a Job

I just happened to stumble upon this amazing article yesterday as I was cooling my heels waiting to board a flight to New Jersey.

I had picked up the latest copy of Fortune magazine (the headline “How to Find a Job” caught my attention), and was THRILLED to see so many of the ideas and tips we’ve espoused here laid out in the article.

This is a MUST READ for every job seeker out there.  We’ve talked endlessly here about the hidden job market, the resume black hole, and why it is vital that you find creative ways to reach the people responsible for hiring decisions.

So take a few minutes to read every line of this article. And please, go back and read some of the posts we’ve put up here, including:

Apply Now: The Black Hole

Google Power Job Search Tips

Sallie Mae To Add 2,000 US Jobs  (warning: this will give you one of the “secrets” to locating real people in a company!)

Job Search Secret: Trade Shows

04/17/2009 Posted by | hidden job market, job search | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac: 3,000+ Jobs

From the New York Times:

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are suffering from an exodus of senior and midlevel managers. The companies have been unable to replace executives who have either been pushed aside as part of last year’s government takeover, or who sought refuge at less stigmatized companies offering better pay and a more predictable future.

News articles are another great resource for finding the elusive hidden job market. A quick search at shows that Fannie Mae has over 1,300 openings

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04/16/2009 Posted by | hidden job market, job search | , , , , | Leave a comment

Job Search Secret: Trade Shows

As we’ve mentioned here before, about 80% of jobs are never advertised, so consider adding another useful tool to your job search toolbox: Trade Shows and Industry Association gatherings

One of the best activities for locating unadvertised or hidden jobs  is attending industry- or product-related trade shows.  Because only 20% or so of jobs appear on the boards or a company web site, get a leg up on your competition and go after the 80% of jobs that few others are looking for.  [Also, the Conference Board reports that “in April, there were 2.4 advertised vacancies posted online for every 100 persons in the labor force, down from a high of 2.9 in April 2007.”]

In fact, CareerXroads  recently conducted a study that concluded 12.3 percent of external hires come through job boards.”  Take a look at the following “Sources of Hire” breakdown that came out of that study.

CareerXroads Sources of Hire

CareerXroads Sources of Hire

Some of their key findings include:

[Companies’] desire to reduce hires (and associated costs) attributed to third-party recruiters, newspapers and job boards, while increasing tactics connected to social networks and search engine marketing to how important referrals are to recruiting.”

Yahoo! has an impressive list of conventions and trade shows here.  By drilling down in each category, you can locate the events of interest to you and make plans to mingle with your peers. This will help you accomplish a number of things:

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04/14/2009 Posted by | hidden job market, Industry Associations | , , , | 5 Comments

3,706 Social Networking Jobs

Social networking jobs via Indeed Job Trends.

Read more to see where the jobs are located.

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04/13/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , | Leave a comment

Wells Fargo + Record Profits = JOBS


Stocks surged Thursday to their highest levels in two months after banking giant Wells Fargo & Co. surprised the market with an early profit report that blew past analysts’ expectations thanks to a strong increase in its lending business.

A quick peek at Wells’ career site displays hundreds of job openings throughout the country. As well, go back to their main career page and you can also view the Wachovia openings. (As of January 1, 2009 , Wachovia is part of Wells Fargo.)

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04/10/2009 Posted by | hidden job market, jobs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sallie Mae To Add 2,000 US Jobs

Sallie Mae is the nation’s leading provider of student loans and administrator of college savings plans, has helped millions of Americans achieve their dream of a higher education. The company primarily provides federal and private student loans for undergraduate and graduate students and their parents.


Sallie Mae said Monday that it will bring 2,000 jobs to the U.S. within the next 18 months as it shifts call center and other operations from overseas.

Aside from call center positions, the nation’s largest private student lender will be looking for individuals to fill information technology and operations support roles.

Sallie Mae runs facilities in 20 U.S. locations including Lynn Haven, Fla.; Fishers, Ind.; Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Killeen, Texas and Newark, Del.

Browse their online job listings here.  Click the ‘read more’ button below to see how to avoid the black hole!

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04/06/2009 Posted by | hidden job market | , , , | 3 Comments

Got Chocolate?

Might be some “sweet” opportunities here.

Divine Chocolate
Russell Stover

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04/06/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , , | Leave a comment

20 Things That Happened to Me On My Way to the Perfect Job

From the author:

I wrote this article about 7 years ago. I was looking for a job and I finally found one,  but in light of the record unemployment level maybe it can inspire someone who is looking for the perfect job or in 2009 a job!

Looking for a job these days is an adventure. You never know what you will find or where you will find it. Conventional methods don’t work anymore; you have to be creative and tenacious. Because the job market is tougher than ever you must develop thick skin and not take rejection personally, which is easier said than done. To keep my sanity in this process I started writing down my experiences. My hope is that you will read them and be encouraged and in some cases amused. Here are 20 things that happened to me on my way to the perfect job.

One of our favorites:

6. THE HUMAN RESOURCE. At a local brokerage firm, I interviewed with a Human Resources representative. The following day I wrote her the requisite thank you email and asked her a question in that email. She did not respond. I sent her another email the following week; again, no response. I called and left her a voice mail…still, no response. At this point I knew I wasn’t being considered for the position but I was annoyed that my messages were being ignored. I sent one last email and made reference to the two previous emails and the voice mail. See my mistake was that I believed that the Human Resources Department was truly a resource to humans. I now know that is not the case. She finally responded and said she had been too busy to answer any of my inquiries. I was so sorry I bothered her.

We highly recommend this — it offers a much-needed break from job searching!

Read the article here.

04/03/2009 Posted by | interviewing | | 2 Comments

Roundup: Top Posts This Week

Here are the top posts our readers viewed this week:

Yahoo! HotJobs Top 100 Companies Hiring

Disrupt the Status Quo — Avoid The Resume Black Hole

Twitter Job Search

Google Power Job Search Tips

Apply Now: The Black Hole

03/29/2009 Posted by | job search | , | Leave a comment

Disrupt the Status Quo — Avoid The Resume Black Hole

This article appeared on back in 2007. Despite its age, it remains highly relevant today. I’m posting this here as a segue to an upcoming series of posts on how to use search engines, such as Google, to find names and contact information for recruiters and hiring managers at a company you may be targeting.

In a 2006 survey examining the sources of hiring within corporations, the consulting firm CareerXroads found nearly 34 percent of open positions were filled internally. Just over 25 percent of the remaining open jobs were filled by employee referrals. Add in the fact that just over 5 percent were filled by re-hires. Total it up and you’ll see candidates without an inside track are in heavy competition for the remaining slots.

“I refer to this phenomenon as the ‘Stacy factor,'” says Asher. “There’s an open position in a company and 10,000 resumes are placed into an electronic funnel. After being sorted, four resumes fall out of the system and land on the boss’s desk for review. Then, in walks Stacy, who says to her boss, ‘Here’s a friend of mine. I think he’d be great for the job.’ With that, Stacy hands the boss her friend’s resume. Now, who do you think has the inside track for that job?” The moral of the story, Asher says: You need to find Stacy.

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03/26/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , | 4 Comments

Google Power Job Search Tips

How many of you use Google for job searching? While the majority of our readers may use Google all the time, are you taking advantage of its advanced search features in relation to your job search?

Watch this YouTube video to see how to drill down to obtain more meaningful job search results.

While you’re there, be sure to watch the companion video on how to automate your Google searches via Google Alerts and receive results via email.  Note: Unless you want to be innundated with emails, I recommend setting the alerts to once per day. I originally used the “as it happens” option and instantly had a tsunami of alerts in my inbox.

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03/25/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

JobAngels: Strangers Lend a Hand to Job Seekers

From The Wall Street Journal

Once you’ve tapped out your network and run out of recruiters to contact, where do you go to get help finding a job these days? For a growing group of job hunters, total strangers have become the answer.

In late January, Jason C. Blais began following JobAngels, a group on the social-networking site that is dedicated to helping people find jobs. Mr. Blais saw a message posted by a laid-off technology professional asking for support and he volunteered to take the woman under his wing.

Alarmed by the nation’s rising unemployment rate, many working Americans are going out of their way to help their laid-off counterparts — often complete strangers — secure new positions. They’re sharing job leads, leveraging their networks and making referrals and often putting their own reputations on the line.

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03/24/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , | Leave a comment

Tap Into Professional and Industry Associations


Professional and industry associations and societies are usually plentiful and very useful for job seekers. They can help you in more traditional situations when you add the association’s name to your resume (in a professional or industry affiliations category, for example), and that name is used as a keyword by a recruiter searching through an applicant database on a Web search engine.

Seven out of 10 people in the U.S.A. belong to at least 1 organization, and 25% are members of 4 or more. So, local and national organizations, associations, and societies are great places to make connections to your next job – even your child’s school parent-teacher organizations.

Job-Hunt links to over 600 national and international associations, most of which have local chapters where you can meet people face-to-face.
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03/23/2009 Posted by | Industry Associations | , | Leave a comment

This Week’s Top Posts

In case you missed any of these, here are the top posts our readers viewed this week:

Would You Work at AIG?

Apply Now: The Black Hole

Twitter Job Search

The Ten Companies That Will Lead The US Out of the Recession

13 companies hiring this year

03/22/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , | Leave a comment