Exploring the Hidden Job Market: making your way with less effort

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Once you know your destination you can begin assessing whom you already know and who you need to meet. Once this is established you can go about doing your research and choosing a direct path.

A big part of the hidden career market is the process of asking different questions. A few thought provoking questions to draw you closer to your Good Work is to ask, What cause, problem or solution do I want to be known for?â•™ â•¥Who do I want to contribute to and serve? and thirdly. How will I know I am successful?â•™ Each of these questions when pondered thoughtfully will give you career information to direct your research and relationship building.

Your future employer is looking for you as you are for them. Hence the importance of exploring options that are hidden to the masses and available only to you because of your creativity and persistence. You need to be proactive, doing research, asking questions and formulating a plan based on how you can best contribute to and support yourself and your career goals.

I find it important to align and associate with people who are in the direction that you want to be in. When doing this, the results you generate by finding jobs before they are shared with the larger community will bring results to you. The best job openings are ones that are discovered from people who know you, are invested in you and speak on your behalf. What success stories do you have that can inspire and encourage readers?

The second key factor in regards uncovering options to support your career focus is watching for and noticing the trends in your industry and in the industry you are moving into. As you notice where the trend is going you will be more clear as to how your skills and problem solving can be put to good use. When anticipating the future focus of the business and career trends will give you access to results that bring your career success.