Networking for Job Leads
Uncovering Job Leads
It is important to remember that job leads can be visible or hidden. The more leads you have, the greater chance you have of getting hired. Networking is not simply talking with family and friends. It requires that you network all potential sources to "put the word out' that you are looking.
What are Hidden Leads?
Hidden leads can be any job vacancy that is NOT advertised. You will not find these leads in your newspaper or company newsletter like many other job leads. Because they are hidden, they are more difficult to find, but that is the good news. If you have a harder time finding the lead, hopefully other applicants are also having trouble finding it also!
The truth is only 25% of all available jobs are advertised. Serious job seekers need to look at both visible and hidden leads. Talk to other individuals who may work at the company. Is anyone retiring or leaving the company soon? Has anyone quit or moved to another location. Check job trends: is the company expecting to hire more employees in the near future?
Just because an employer is not running an ad does not mean there is not a potential job vacancy. Often employers are waiting to find the right person and will not subject themselves to endless resumes from newspaper advertising. Also, advertising job leads can be costly.
Suggested Networking Resources
- Employer Direct Contact
- Organizations and Associations
- The Chamber of Commerce
- Business After Hour Meetings
- Business Networking Meetings
- Professional Magazines and Trade Journals
- Business and Telephone Directories
- Newspapers and Company Newsletters
- Temporary Employment Services
- Friends and Family
- Neighbors and Acquaintances