If you spend time looking for work, you may spend hours and hours in front of your computer screen looking for job offers online. But it is not easy, not easy, is it?

It is increasingly difficult to find a job, not only complicated by the current difficult labor market situation, but also because most of the job offers that exist are not visible through the Internet.

Welcome to the hidden labor market.

The tip of the iceberg

Most people look for work through advertisements and job postings on the Internet, press, radio and television. They seem the shortest and easiest way to access a new professional alternative. However, through these channels only 20% of the job vacancies available at any given time are made visible.

Where is the other 80% of hidden job offers?

They are not published . Companies often choose not to publish all their job offers on internet portals and specialized job search. Normally they do it for several reasons:

  • Confidentiality : thus avoiding that the competition has details of the strategy that the company will follow depending on the professional profiles they are looking for.
    Search through other channels : it is normal that job offers related to highly specialized or managerial positions are not brought to light, since companies usually go in search of a specific person with whom they have references, or charge specialized companies human resources the contracting of the same.
    So you have to understand that the job market looks like an iceberg: the offers on the Internet are just the tip of that iceberg, but what is not on the Internet is much bigger.

How to access hidden job offers

You may wonder how to access these job postings if no one publishes them? Very easy, through networking.

What is networking?

It is a way to establish contact with other professionals who can help you in your professional career: recruiters, managers, employees of other companies or yours, alumni college and university, etc.

Why networking?

First, because more and more recruiters use these social channels to find the candidates that fit the job they want to cover.

Through these means, they can not only reach those candidates who are actively seeking employment, but can contact those people who meet the requirements they seek, even though at this time are not thinking about changing jobs .

If you have a profile in any of the social and professional networks, you may be one of those people that the recruiter seeks to cover those job offers.

Second, professional social networks are a good channel to grow our network of professional contacts , which will be very useful when we are looking for work.

If we keep our profiles updated and share content of interest in which our concerns, professional preferences, etc. are reflected, not only can recruiters show interest in our candidacy, but our own contacts can serve as intermediaries and linkage to be able to become part of a selection process in that company that has not made public the vacant position that needs to cover.

Any time is good for networking

Networking is not just about the Internet, it is something that you have to do in the real world : events, job fairs, parties, football matches, you never know where synergies with other professionals can arise.

A person who, I was told, had trouble finding suitable candidates for certain jobs.

A valuable information that I could take advantage of if I was interested in finding a job, or that could happen to my network of contacts so that they benefit.

Make your networking effective

It is important to emphasize that your networking must be effective, that is, you must do it with those people who can benefit from a relationship with you.

Remember, your final goal when doing Networking will be to seek mutual benefit with your contacts and expand your range of professional opportunities .

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