5 Ways To Find Unadvertised Job Postings

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By Heather Huhman

Finding a job is tough. Especially when you're not sure where to look or who to reach out to, finding connections and securing job interviews can become a stressful and time-consuming process.

Unfortunately, there's a factor that negatively impacts many job seekers: According to TheLadders, nearly half of all job postings are unadvertised. This means half of the jobs available are likely to go to job seekers with inside connections with employers.

So the question is, why do job openings go unadvertised? Well, there are a number of reasons. First, when an employee quits or an employer fires someone, a hiring manager will likely tap into their current applicant pool. Employers might also avoid job boards so they don't have to deal with sifting through thousands of applications.

As you search for jobs, remember that just because a job goes unadvertised doesn't mean you can't discover it. Here are five ways to find unadvertised job postings:

1. Tap into your networks.

The most effective way to find unadvertised job postings is to tap into your network. In fact, 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking.

As you search for jobs, talk to friends, colleagues, mentors, and professionals you've met through networking opportunities. These people will likely have a connection to a recruiter, employer, or job opportunity that fits your needs.

2. Meet with your mentor.

Your mentor is another great resource for learning about unadvertised job postings. Especially if your mentor is a professional in your industry, he or she will likely have connections to a number of employers in your field. Pick their brain for job postings, networking connections, and advice for finding unadvertised jobs.

3. Expand your research beyond job boards.

Job seekers are often misled because they think these major job boards are the only sources of jobs. While these sites have many listings, also try online searches using Google or niche job board sites. There are niche job boards for nearly every industry, which will help you narrow down your job search and bring you additional results.

4. Use social media as a search engine.

Social media isn't just for connecting with friends and family, it's also useful for your job search. According to Jobvite, 21 percent of job seekers found their best job through a social network.

Take advantage of social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook during your job search. Employers are constantly sharing employment opportunities on these platforms and this will also give you the opportunity to connect with a recruiter or hiring manager.

5. Join and participate in LinkedIn groups.

If you want a leg up in your job search, use LinkedIn groups to expand your efforts. According to Jobvite, 94 percent of recruiters are active on LinkedIn, whereas only 36 percent of job seekers are active.

Regardless of your profession, there is likely to be a LinkedIn group for your industry. LinkedIn groups serve as an excellent way to connect with other professionals in your field, recruiters, employers, and also discover job postings unique to your industry.

Finding unadvertised job postings doesn't have to be as hard as it sounds. By using your resourcefulness and having a little patience, you'll find a job not many job seekers know about.

Have you landed a job through an unadvertised job posting? What led you to the opportunity?
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