What is the hidden job market and why is it hidden? The hidden job market is where you find unadvertised jobs. Sometimes they are jobs that don’t even exist yet, and the job seeker shows the employer where there is a need. Employers don’t have time to sift through volumes of resumes sent by job seekers who just want a job. They want employees who share their vision and values and want to work for them. These are the employees worth investing in––employees like Dave––who found his dream job not by sending out resumes on job boards, but by knowing his values, what he wanted to do, and finding a company he wanted to work for. He did his research and then took immediate action.
Dave never thought he could do what he loved at a company with values he respected. He knew that he wanted to do something helping people and found that solar energy could help people take control of their energy bills, help reduce carbon in the air, and put water back in the ground while helping to secure a better world for his children. He applied for 5 different jobs at a major solar energy company, SolarCity, with no responses. Then, after doing online research he learned that they tend to hire people who are recommended by people who work at the company.
Dave didn’t waste any time getting down to the local Home Depot, one of the stores where SolarCity generates leads. He introduced himself to the Field Energy Specialist who was working that day. After an hour of informal informational interviewing, Dave asked him for a recommendation. He didn’t leave the store until the Field Energy Specialist put his name in the computer and pressed the “send” button.
Dave got a call the next day. After all the effort to get his dream job, he has embraced the new position with passion and hard work.
In this example, Dave found work he valued and a company he respected. He knew what he wanted, did his research, and didn’t give up when he got rejections. As Dick Bolles says on Job Hunter's Bible website, "After each rejection, take comfort in the fact that you are one NO closer to a YES.” Dave learned what it would take to get a foot in the door. When job seekers hear they need to know someone to get an interview, they often get discouraged and say they don’t know anyone. Dave shows us one way to get to know someone in a company that is accessible to the public.
Thank you, David Tooman, Field Energy Consultant at SolarCity for sharing your story. If you would like to know more about Dave’s path to success, you are welcome to share a comment. We would love to hear your story or that of a client who found a job in the hidden job market.
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