How to find hidden vacancies

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Lots of jobs are never formally advertised. These jobs are often called ‘hidden’ vacancies.

Employers use different ways to fill their vacancies. While two thirds of jobs are advertised, in newspapers or online, the other third are filled informally. This includes through word of mouth, signs in shop windows or by approaching job seekers directly. To avoid missing out on these 'hidden' roles, let people know that you are looking for work.

Tips to find ‘hidden’ vacancies

  • Connect with people you know. This includes friends, family, teachers, community organisations, local employers and others in your community. Be open about the fact that you are looking for work.
    • Ask if they can let you know if they hear about any opportunities.
    • People are usually happy to help by finding out a little information, passing on your contact details or making an introduction.
  • Directly approaching businesses you would like to work for.
    • When approaching employers about jobs, you will need to have an excellent sales pitch. Research the employer to understand how your skills and attributes make you a good fit for the business. Practice your pitch before you knock on their door or pick up the phone.
    • Even if they don’t have any current vacancies, employers will often keep résumés on file for when new vacancies come up.

Putting yourself out there and looking for jobs this way can be tough, and it also means that you can be contacted by employers at any time, so always be prepared. This includes being prepared for an interview without notice.

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…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.