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Tapping Into The Hidden Job Market

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

Tap Into Professional and Industry Associations

From JobHunt.org:

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

Top 10 Social Sites for Finding a Job

From www.mashable.com

Some of these sites allow you to craft a resume, while others are networking platforms that contain job listings. By signing up for all ten, you increase your chances of getting a job and decrease the amount of time you’ll spend searching for a new one. Three of the listed sites can be combined with other sites to be more impactful. In addition to joining, creating profiles and searching for jobs, I encourage you to support these sites with either a traditional website or blog, so that you have more to present to employers, in addition to your profile.

LinkedIn is by far the #1 spot for job seekers, those currently employed, marketers who are looking to build lists and salespeople who are seeking out new clients.

Plaxo is a social network that resembles LinkedIn to a certain degree. You’re able to create your own profile with a section about you, your contact information and your “pulse stream,” which is made up of your presence on social media sites such as Twitter.

Twitter is an amazing tool if you can unlock its power. It breaks down communication barriers and lets you talk directly to hiring managers, without having to submit a resume immediately to a machine.

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03/07/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments