Oklahoma City, OK (PressExposure) November 10, 2009 -- A noted Employment Advisor offers tips on building networks that can help job-seekers find hidden, often unadvertised positions.
Even in a down economy, there are still good jobs available. However, since those positions are often unadvertised, it's important jobseekers learn how to tap into the hidden job market, according to Kay Stout, Executive Advisor, with Oklahoma Professional Search.
"Now more than ever, it's important to develop professional and personal networks," Stout said. "In this day and age, who you know is as important as what you know. Building strong networks professionally and personally can give you an edge over the competition in a job search."
Stout suggests job seekers start building their network via their friends and acquaintances and then current or former co-workers. From there, connect with suppliers, clients, and even competitors. "There's strength in numbers, but it only takes one of your connections to think about you first for the job you'd be perfect for," she noted.
Even if you currently have a job you love, it's good advice to keep feelers out anyway, Stout added. "Job requirements or personnel can change, so you never know when you may decide to seek a new job. That's why keeping in touch with friends and colleagues can put you at the top of their mind if and when they hear of a position opening. And that's the inside info that can get you in the door for a new job first."
Finally, Stout suggests that, even if you don't land the first hidden job you encounter, it can still work to your advantage. "The person or persons you interview with, even if you don't get hired for the position, are contacts that can expand your professional network even further in the future. And that can give you access to even more hidden jobs."