The 'Hidden' Job Market
The hidden job market refers to the many job vacancies out there that are not advertised.
Information about available work is circulated through employers’ networks, co-workers, business associates, friends and acquaintances.
Researching and connecting with these networks is important when looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship.
If job hunters are only looking for jobs on job search sites this could be limiting the chances of a successful outcome.
Finding hidden opportunities takes some work so job hunters must have a specific industry or occupation in mind so they can target their efforts. The best approaches include using networks such as family and friends, current and previous employers or colleagues, and through direct contact with employers in the specific industry.
Start by researching major employers and then look over their website to see any careers information provided. Looking at past, and of course present, job vacancies indicates the type of skills the company is looking for, whether they employ at a particular time of the year and they may give some idea about their application process.
Job hunters can call the employer to ask about the skills they recruit, if they use apprenticeships and traineeships, when they recruit and if you could provide an application for future positions.