Have you heard of the hidden job market? The hidden job market is made up of jobs that are available to be filled, but are not posted anywhere—they’re not on Simply Hired, Monster, The Ladders, or Indeed. Estimates are that these hidden jobs make up anywhere from 70%-80% of the total job market. That’s a lot of jobs that you’re missing out on if you can’t find them.
Why are these jobs hidden?
- Some companies don’t want to be flooded with applications—to fill a job, they try going through their employee networks or recruiters first.
- Some of these jobs are listed, but only on the employer’s website—so if you don’t go to that specific website, you won’t find it.
- Some of these jobs haven’t been created yet. Sometimes in smaller or growing companies, they will create a job for someone who can show that they can fit a need or provide a solution to a problem the organization has. Smaller companies have the flexibility to do this that big corporations don’t.