How to find hidden vacancies

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Lots of jobs aren’t formally advertised. These jobs are often called ‘hidden’ vacancies.

Many employers use informal ways to fill their vacancies, including word of mouth, placing a sign in their shop window or approaching potential applicants directly about job opportunities. To avoid missing out, it’s worth accessing these opportunities by letting people know that you are looking for work.

This job search strategy requires people to be proactive and tenacious.

When approaching employers directly either by an email, telephone or in person, you will need to have an excellent sales pitch as you are trying to convince an employer to hire you when they might not have any current vacancies.

Even if they don’t have any current vacancies, employers will often keep résumés on file for when new vacancies come up.

Tips to find ‘hidden’ vacancies include:

  • connecting with people you know including friends, family, teachers, community organisations, local employers, and others in your community to ask about possible job opportunities or advice on where to look. 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 valuable contact details or making an introduction.
  • directly approaching businesses you would like to work for.

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.

These tools can help you:

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