Unpublished Jobs: Where to Find Them
Looking for work, but can’t seem to find any job openings that fit your needs? It may be beneficial to look for unpublished jobs online. While this seems like a daunting task at first, there are some tricks that will help you find what you are looking for quickly and easily.
Many employers choose only to list their job openings on their website, instead of publishing ads on job forums or using other mass methods of finding employees. These listings can be difficult to find even when you are looking for them, because they are often hidden in the depths of these companies’ websites. If you have a specific company in mind, it’s a good idea to check their ‘Careers’ page first, but if you don’t know where to start, or you want to send out a large batch of applications, you’ll want something a little more time-efficient. Luckily, there’s a pretty easy way to find these listings, just using a simple Google search. According to Glassdoor Blog, many companies that are hiring use an applicant tracking system called Taleo. Search for site:taleo.net intitle:careers and then add the job title that you are looking for, and any other key words you think might be helpful. This should get you a solid list of companies to look at that are actually hiring.
The next important strategy is to use any and all connections you have in your network to find out about available jobs. Casually ask your friends, your extended family, your college classmates, and anyone you think might be in the know, if there are any positions opening up soon at their company, and make sure people know that you are searching for a new position. If you can find out about a position before the hordes of job seekers, you’ll have a leg up on the competition. Be sure to maintain your relationships with as many people as you can – you’ll never know when they might come in handy. If your cousin or your old college roommate happens to have an opening in his company, they’ll let you know if they’re aware of your job search.
Finally, if you have a specific company or high level position in mind, try to make contact with the highest level recruiter associated with that company. Look on the company’s careers page for contact information. If you express your interest, executives will eventually start to remember your name when it is time to hire someone new. By targeting the exact positions you want, hiring executives will see that you’re passionate about their company and that you are willing to work hard for what you want, two things that are very desirable in applicants.
The most important thing is to really stay focused and keep looking, even when you feel stuck. By staying in tune with what’s going on in your network, and by being search-engine savvy, you’ll be able to find the job you’re looking for in no time.