1. The way a person thinks and behaves
2. A position of the body
3. Informal a hostile manner
4. The orientation of an aircraft or spacecraft in relation to some plane or direction [Latin aptusapt]
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Many of the un- and under-employed are missing job search basics. The marketplace has undergone tremendous change recently and most job seekers are just not doing what they need to do to find a job. In short, they continue to apply old techniques to a new job market.
In years past, job seekers often found work through a friend or relative. Their father, brother, mother, friend worked at Plant A and, when an opening was available, were brought on. No muss no fuss.
Often, workers didn’t even consider what types of work or employers they might like. In more recent years, job seekers took for granted that if they got an education they would apply for and be hired by the employer of their dreams.
However, job searching is just not that straightforward an endeavor in today’s marketplace. To obtain a position one must apply a number of techniques consistently and repeatedly and better than other applicants if they hope to be hired.
One of the first challenges a job seeker faces is how to find job openings or employers that may have job openings. Too many rely too heavily on online applications. These openings are known by and applied to by so many job seekers that it reduces the chances of anyone job seeker being seriously considered.
Tapping into the hidden job market is the best way to be considered for jobs that are or will be available, but have not yet been widely advertised. This path is not for the lazy! It requires hard and consistent work in identifying employers and/or industries who might be interested in hiring the job seeker.
Research, contact, and follow up are required to find these openings. Many job seekers are just not that willing to put in the effort – doing so will set you apart from other applicants. In addition, a job seeker who adopts this approach will also have social contact and feedback that are missing when one is off work.
The effort of identifying and tapping into the hidden job market is not only worth it, but a necessary part of a successful job search. Try it with whatever method you are currently using to increase your chances of obtaining a job!
Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, MS, CDMS, CCM
CELL: 410.444.1989 http://www.life-works.info/
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