Where are all the Good Jobs?

Feeling frustrated in your job hunt? Can’t understand why other people always find the best jobs? What if I told you 60% of positions are filled before ever being posted to job boards? Let me explain.  

Jobs listed on job boards represent only a small number of total jobs being filled. So, where are the other jobs being listed? The answer – “They aren’t.” These are jobs filled through networking. Translation… referrals.

Studies show anywhere from 50-60% of jobs are filled before they make the job board. Instead, these positions are filled through referrals, not by applying. The good news, these are better jobs than what you find on job boards. Publicly listed jobs are filled by matching skills to a fully qualified applicant. No imagination. At best, a lateral move. Advancement is out of the question. However, referrals through networking are different.

In positions filled through referrals, it’s more about internal promotions, performance, and future potential. This hidden job market represents promotions and career advancement opportunities. Without the perfect skill-set and experience, your only chance to be evaluated in a favorable light is through a referral from a friend – a friend in your network.

I suggest employing a 40/60 job hunting strategy. The idea is to spend 40% browsing and responding to job board listings and 60% networking. Note, when responding to job listings, send your resumes through the “back door.” Meaning, send your resume in a hand written envelope to the department head needing the people.

Spend 60% networking. Through networking, you will more than double your opportunities. Volunteer at local charities, join service clubs, and attend local events. Let friends, relatives, and acquaintances know you are looking. Network, network, network.

While the job market is not as robust as it could be, it’s not as bad as reported. Looking for a job is a full-time job. So, go to work! Good luck with your job search!