Job Searching? Here’s How to Find the Unadvertised Positions

October 18, 2016

12:45 pm

There’s one big rule when it comes to job searching: Expect competition on the Monster.coms and the Indeed.coms of the world. Literally hundreds of people apply to the biggest job search sites out there, and practically none of them are qualified. You’ll get drowned out in the surge, and wind up with nothing for your efforts.

Sure, you can try to network with actual people in LinkedIn in order to get a job, but you’ll need to have a network first. If you didn’t talk to enough people in college, you won’t be able to swing it. And you could easily have a tough time getting any of that tidy $1 trillion that freelancers pulled in last year. Aaaaand there are plenty of problems behind other non-application processes, too, like pain letters. What’s the answer?

Finding the positions that aren’t easily searchable. Here’s the trick to finding unadvertised positions.

Find The Right Sites

Certain sites are designed to host an online application for a position, but not to be easily searchable. They’re designed to make the application process easy and streamlined, but not to help job searchers find it.

Here’s a list of the type of site I’m talking about, pulled straight from the Hubstaff blog, where digital marketing strategist Mary Green pointed out this brilliant idea. You’ve probably come across a few of these names:

Use This Google Search Phrase

Green explains how to search these sites with this phrase: + (position, remote, or industry) for instance: remote marketing

While Green’s post is recommending ways to find remote work specifically, you can swap out the term “remote” for the city or state that you’re interested in.

Comb through the results you get and read them carefully in order to learn if they’re really a good fit. Then apply away: You’ll face far fewer competitors and the hiring manager might even be thrilled that you took the time to track down their totally unadvertised positions.

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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