Use LinkedIn to Locate the Hidden Job Market for Your Job Search

“The term hidden job market refers to jobs not advertised and they generally fall into three categories.”

“The first are those that are known to a handful of people including executive search firms.”

“The second are the jobs that are discussed internally but have not been posted.”

“The third category is when there is a problem waiting for a solution but no position has been identified.”

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Don provides insight around the 3 categories as defined above to help understand why the hidden job market exist and how to help find them during your job search.

HINT: It is easy to say use the right search terms in your profile, but how do you see through the eyes of a bot, go here:

The second half of the article discusses how to utilize the capabilities within LinkedIn to help locate the hidden jobs within your desired positions and companies.

Whether you are a new user or an expert on LinkedIn, Don’s ideas will likely have a few nuggets which can be setup and running with a small amount of effort.

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Customer Experience: Learn How Nursing Uses Storytelling

“There’s a lot of buzz around the action of “storytelling.” It’s a trendy term.

“Some marketers hijack storytelling as the art nouveau of their work. I suppose that’s fine, but it still rings generic.”

“Nurses, we live storytelling. Our work is storytelling. The intimacy in the care we provide is like a Bob Dylan song because storytelling doesn’t have to be the feel-good, inspire-the-world marketing scheme. It’s a lived life.”

“Storytelling—good storytelling—encompasses the grit and the grime. It is the real, and yes, sometimes it is happy, but sometimes it’s about suffering and pain and a mixture of all those things.”

[The Storyteller, photo by Steve Evans]

streetsmartprof‘s insight:

It is interesting as a profession nurses are trained to care for the patient. Part of the orginal oath was: “devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care”.

Is it the focus on caring for the patient why most people trust their nurse? Think about why this is in your own mind.

Now turn around and view the training and education used to bring your own employees up to speed on “how to care” for your own customers.

Have their lips been loaded with “fairy tales” of how great the company is. Or do they know the “lessons learned” and “war stories” of the past?

Most people will agree there is no such thing as a perfect life, or a perfect company. Being able to tell life lesson stories to customers about helping others may just move the needle on improving your customers experience when things have gone south.

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Advance Your Career with a Volunteer Opportunity

“Do you need more project management experience to move forward in your career? Or maybe learning a new software program would help”

“Whatever expertise you want to develop, there’s likely an organization or project already in progress that could help you do it.”

“Another way to search for the right opportunity takes just the opposite tack: start with what you can give instead of what you want to get.” by April Greene

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The article discusses using two main approaches while searching for volunteer opportunities.

1 What experience and/or knowledge do you want to gain.

2 What experience and/or knoledge can you contribute.

Providing resources to locate potential ideas by the Idealist search engine:

Here is a success story about Jessica who turned a volunteer opportunity into a full time job.

Prior to reading the article I had not considered using a volunteer postion to help develop skills and capabilities while growing a career. In hind sight, it is a great way to network, give back to your community and obtain on the job training all at the same time.

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Job Seekers: 7 ways undergrads can build their resumes

“No internship this summer? From building a blog to tutoring, there are lots of ways young people can show their worth.”

“Did you want an internship this summer but didn’t land one in time? Or perhaps you simply couldn’t afford to work for free?”

“If you’re an undergrad who is eager for professional experience, there are other ways to make yourself a better future job candidate besides a formal internship.” By Amy Levin-Epstein

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During Job Search How to Nail The Social Interview

“Job seekers, listen up! Your interview doesn’t begin when an employer calls you. It doesn’t begin when you walk into an office. And it certainly doesn’t begin after you’ve done all the talking.”

“It likely begins before you even know it, through a simple online search to check out your presence. Essentially, you’re being “interviewed” online through your social networks — before the background check, before the phone call and before you have any sort of conversation with a potential employer.”

“So, how can you nail this new sort of social job interview? by Alan Carniolnn

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streetsmartprof‘s insight:

Alan writes an interesting perspective around the typical job interview to remind all of us what is occuring upstream.

Our social foot prints are certainly easily discovered and it makes sense for any hiring manager to do a quick google check before spending time seeing anybody.

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Career Growth and Moving on Up: 5 Tips for Networking in a New City

“Sometimes, our lives bring us new and unexpected adventures… like making a big move to a new city.”

“Whether you’re moving for a summer internship, your first job, taking a big career leap, or starting over in a new industry, moving to a new city for your career comes with a lot of new to-do items, including building a local personal network.”

“For many, in fact, networking is a key factor in creating your new home–both professionally and personally. But how do you know who to talk to? What if you don’t know anyone in the city?”

“Don’t worry. Here’s some tips to employ when networking in a new city:” by Jackalope Jobs

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A quick read on 5 tips to help you land on your feet in a new city while building your new career.

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How Job Seekers Learn From Bad Interviews

“Bad job interview? Be sure to learn from it and then move on without further ado, advises Heather McNab.

Dwelling on it will only hang over you and kill your confidence. “You certainly don’t want to one bad experience to impact your future interviews too,” says McNab.

“Here’s how to learn from a poor performance — and then let it go.” by Amy Levin-Epstein

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Short quick read with plenty of ideas of how to review what just happened in a bad interview. Than using the pro’s and con’s of what was learned, get ready and move on.

The glass is always half full or half empty. The choice is yours to make, especially during tough times while looking for work.

Bad interviews are bound to happen to all of us and as Amy points out. It may just have been a signal the job was not the right one for you and your career.

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