5 Ways to Find Unadvertised Jobs

5 ways to find unadvertised jobs | job search ideasIf you’re looking for a new job, you’ve probably tapped in to all the traditional ways of looking for jobs, registering with recruitment agencies, searching online job boards, visiting the Job Centre and scouring industry publications and newspapers.  However, they aren’t the only sources you should be trying, there are another 5 ways to find unadvertised jobs.

Taking a different approach to your job search can often prove fruitful, particularly if you’re looking in a very competitive industry.

Give these 5 ideas a try to let us know how you get on.

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#1) Social Media

There’s no mistaking the power of social media so embrace all it has to offer and use different social media platforms to your advantage. A huge percentage of jobs that are offered to candidates are not formally advertised and this is your opportunity to get your foot in the door ahead of any competition.


Linkedin is the most obvious social platform choice because it’s a business networking site used by recruiters, headhunters and job seekers alike. Advertising jobs the old-fashioned way can get very expensive so many organisations now recruit using Linkedin because it’s a really cost-effective way to source candidates. With this in mind, you need to make sure your Linkedin profile is fully updated and optimised to ensure you’re easily found in Linkedin’s people search results.

Take time to complete as many sections of your Linkedin profile as possible and include plenty of keywords relevant to your role and industry, the more detailed your information is, the more likely you are to be found. Try to achieve ‘all-star’ Linkedin profile status.

Updating and optimising your Linkedin profile isn’t the only way to take advantage of this social media platform.  There are many, many businesses that have company pages on Linkedin, follow them and be in the best place to find out about any expansion plans they may have.  Likewise, sign up to follow their blogs too.

Then there’s groups on Linkedin, join as many relevant groups as possible relating to your industry and make a point of being active in the most prominent ones.  Get yourself recognised as being knowledgeable and experienced, many a position has been offered and accepted just by building strong relationships by networking.

Which brings me on to the next social media tool you need to sign up to and use, Twitter.


Twitter is another brilliant social media tool that can be used to find unadvertised jobs.  Complete your profile so it looks professional, add a headshot photograph, complete your location and use the URL section to add a link to your Linkedin profile. Once that’s done, begin to connect with people and organisations in your industry. Research their Twitter handles on Google and try to find the Linkedin accounts of individuals at that organisation too.

Twitter isn’t just about connecting with as many people as possible, it’s important to embrace the social side of social networking too so a good rule of thumb when it comes to Tweeting is the 1/3rd rule; 1/3 personal Tweets, 1/3 RTs and 1/3 promotional tweets to demonstrate your expertise.

Once your Twitter profile is up and running, you’ll be best placed to find the unadvertised job opportunities by connecting, networking and being observant.

#2) Google Alerts

Google Alert Image | 5 ways to find unadvertised jobsHave you heard of or ever used Google Alerts? If not, you must use them, they’re another good way to find unadvertised jobs and monitor the web for interesting new content. I use Google Alerts all the time for both personal and professional search alerts.

In short, Google Alerts enables you to enter the search terms you’re interested in receiving news for,  such as a particular employer, subject, etc.  You’ll then receive regular updates relating to the keywords you’ve entered. Take a few minutes each day to peruse the results, looking to identify potential job opportunities or get a feel for when they may be advertising new positions.

At this point, you can send in a speculative cover letter.

#3) Send Speculative Covering Letters

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Sending speculative covering letters can be a really effective way to find your next job. Use Linkedin and Google (or other search engine) to research prospective employers and obtain their contact details.  Don’t forget to make telephone calls too to get a contact’s name where possible.

And if you can connect with them on Linkedin, even better!

Once you have all the details to hand, compose a speculative covering letter outlining your core skills, experience and achievements and enclose a copy of your current CV.

Whilst you may not receive an immediate response, many companies will keep an applicant’s details on file just in case a suitable position arises.

#4) Ask for Referrals

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If you’re actively seeking a new job, it can be useful to ask friends, family and former colleagues to keep their ears open and their eyes peeled for suitable positions where they work, with customers or suppliers.

If they know what skills and experience you have and what types of roles you’re looking to apply to, they will be fore-armed with the required information to refer and recommend you if a suitable vacancy arises.

If you have an understanding manager, it may also be worth a chat with them during an appraisal so they know what your career aspirations are. If they know what you’re capable of and where you’d like your career to head, they are best placed to refer you to any arising internal positions.

#5) Networking

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Networking sounds obvious but so many candidates fail to do it, or do it badly. There are lots of ways to network, both online and offline. Join forums and industry websites, consider signing up to a traditional networking group such as 4N or BNI, or attend courses, trade fairs or conferences.

Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and be proactive in a face-to-face capacity.  Participating in any or all of the above will help you to meet pertinent employers and industry leaders in your business sector.  There’s nothing better than connecting directly with people and building a strong rapport with them so they remember you.

Make sure you have lots of business cards on you but please make sure they are professional-looking and not cheap and nasty ones.  Companies like Moo.com can print you stunning business cards for a relatively low-cost. Don’t forget to include a link to your Linkedin profile on your business card!

It may also be worth having a few copies of your CV/resume in your bag or briefcase too. You never know, they may be about to recruit and you need to be best placed to apply there and then.

In Summary

Sometimes, traditional methods work brilliantly when it comes to elevating your career but sometimes it doesn’t and you need to use alternative means to find unadvertised jobs.

Being proactive and implementing an effective job search strategy will enable you to attain your career goals more quickly. It’s hard work, I am not going to lie but you have to put in time and effort if you want to find unadvertised jobs.  It will be worth it in the end, I’m sure!

Have you tried any of these methods?  Will you give them a go? If so, let us know how it went.


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