Many candidates in our job-seeking network express concerns about a decrease in the number of job openings being advertised. However, rest assured that it doesn’t mean companies are not hiring. It often happens that companies recruit without publishing job offers. But how can you access this hidden job market of opportunities?
Be visible: Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date, well-referenced, and active. Also, upload your CV to CV databases such as Apec, RégionsJob, and Cadremploi, for example. Build your online presence by connecting with professionals who can provide information and eventually guide you to your future employer.
Leverage the power of your network: Maintain and seek support from your personal and professional connections. Talk to your family, friends, former colleagues, clients, partners, or suppliers. Activate alumni networks and various professional associations. Participate in conferences related to your field of expertise. Contact individuals in positions similar to the one you are targeting, as they can provide valuable insights and potentially guide you towards your future employer.
Send targeted speculative applications: Stay informed, follow the news in your industry, and identify companies that are investing, growing, or undergoing transformations. Choose the organizations that genuinely interest you and target the right person to send a personalized request. Don’t hesitate to reach out to professionals in operational roles who could potentially be your future supervisors and who can bring your application to the attention of the HR department.
In the open market, you are in direct competition with all other candidates, but very few position themselves in the hidden job market, which may appear more challenging to navigate. Use this as an opportunity to stand out from the crowd!