The notion of an “unpublished or hidden” job market is far from new. However, knowledge of “The OTHER” job market, and your ability to execute your Personal Market Plan in it, will create both focus and productivity in your career transition.
The definition, strategies and tactics of this other market go well beyond those of the “unpublished or hidden” job market … You see, in every marketplace, there are buyers and sellers. In the traditional job market, the one that our Department of Labor “analyzes,” job seekers are the sellers and their potential employers are the buyers. The commodity is JOBS and the competition is fierce.
In the OTHER Job Market, buyers and sellers hold equal responsibility for the recruitment process. When employers have a need for someone to fulfill a specific role, often the most desired candidates are employed individuals with the credentials they seek. Thus the employer must sell their Company to potential employees in the marketplace in order to attract the best of the lot. Once identified, they simply select their choice and buy their services.
In other words, the commodity is productive WORK being assigned to the most qualified individual who ‘fits’ the employers needs. Often, this WORK has not been clearly defined yet and the employer has not approved an open job requisition. Timing is everything in the OTHER job market…
Participation in the Other Marketplace of work is most effective when executed as a career strategy, making the whole process a part of what you do within your career… NOT just a job search methodology.