I’ve talked to thousands of jobseekers over the years as I've built Mac's List into the one of the most popular job boards in Portland, Oregon.
Too many people looking for work follow the same general pattern in their search.
They spend the first few months looking for jobs online. They apply to jobs “cold,” without knowing inside the employing organization. The response rate for such applications is of course very low.
When the jobseeker doesn’t get results with this approach, they start applying everywhere. That only leads to more rejections. It’s a vicious cycle that takes a lot of energy and creates a lot of frustration.
Only after months of rejection and growing self-doubt do job seekers change tactics and embrace the practices that work: networking, informational interviewing, and plugging into the hidden job market. And once job seekers make the switch, the results are almost immediate.
Wouldn’t it be nice to skip all the anger and frustration? To avoid sending out hundreds of applications, often without any response? To only interview for jobs that you are seriously interested in? To not lay awake at night wondering “why can’t I find the right job?” All these things are possible when you have the right approach to your search.
In Hack the Hidden Job Market, I’ll teach you how you can start your job search right on Day One, saving you months of time.
Instead of wasting energy doing things that don’t work, we’ll focus on the practices and activities that are most likely to get you a job.
You’ll learn how present yourself online in a way that that gets noticed and how to connect with fellow professionals and decision makers. You’ll get plugged-in to the job hidden job market and discover opportunities that you would otherwise have missed.
The result: you’ll spend less time searching and will get to work sooner.
As the founder and publisher of Mac's List, I’ve been connecting people to rewarding work since 2001. Based in Portland, Oregon -- one of the country's most competitive job markets -- Mac's List is an online community for job seekers. We offer tools and actionable advice to people seeking meaningful work. Whether you are looking for your first job, a better job or just want to manage the direction of your career, Mac’s List offers the resources and connections you need to make it happen.
Read more about me here on Mac's List.
Here’s a fact that shocks most people: as many as 80% of all jobs never get advertised.
Many of the best, most rewarding and highest-paying gigs never show up on a job board, appear in a newspaper, or surface on a company’s website. Instead hiring managers find, recruit, and hire for these plum positions through word of mouth, using their professional networks.
Even when job opportunities do appear online, most employers don’t look just at the applications that an ad produces.
The truth of the matter is this: no matter what it says in the “how to apply” section of the job description, there is a second, parallel hiring process, providing an inside track to candidates with the right professional connections.
This parallel hiring process is where colleagues, friends, and families are asked to recommend candidates. It’s a hiring process highly driven by personal connections and where some of the best opportunities are found.
Welcome to the hidden job market.
"The course changed my job search strategy and my life. The tools, guidance, and Facebook support group gave me exactly what I needed. Mac and his team demystified the hiring process and explained the best way to connect with employers, step by step."
Susan Parsons, Consulting Service Program Manager, Nonprofit Association of Oregon
"Mac’s approach to a job search is targeted and, believe it or not, actually enjoyable. I’ve connected with other course participants who are on the same path. I'm still on my job search but I know that I am making positive progress. (So much better than spinning my wheels like I used to!) And when I find my dream job, I’ve got the tools to land it."
Patty Lyons, Job Seeker
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