Getting into the Hidden Job Market

The last two posts have been about the hidden job market… here’s an interesting idea:

Perhaps the hidden job market finds YOU rather than YOU finding IT.

Perhaps being in the right time, at the right place, is the key.

Remember the example in the last post, about the boss who says “we just got a new opening… who do you know that would be good for this role?”

What if your name came up in that discussion?

How does this happen?  How is it that your name could possibly come up in that discussion?

My presentations to those in transition have centered around two ideas:

Networking.  It’s not what you know, it’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.

Personal Branding. And, it’s WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT YOU.

This is where time, effort and tact come into the picture.  To develop a network, nurture relationships and help others understand what your personal brand is, you must put time and effort into it, and at some point you’ll have to have tact (I had to increase my tact… perhaps you are already there).

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