The Job Exchange

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