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19 May 2017

Your guide to finding unadvertised job postings

Not all jobs are advertised in a public manner and the committed job seeker will have to do some digging if they're to find many of the best vacancies. The rise of the internet and social media has caused an enormous change in the way we advertise and look for jobs, reducing the importance of traditional forms of job advertising, like newspaper classified sections.

Instead, businesses are using technology to source, contact and convince employees to come and work for them and employees are making the most of large online databases containing thousands of available jobs. If you’re trying to find a new role, we’ve a handy guide to finding unadvertised jobs right here.   

Social media

Although Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all important social media platforms and most companies will post about job opportunities but when it comes to business, LinkedIn is the site you need to be registered with. Make sure your profile is up to date, original as can be and visible to those who may be interested in your talents. While it’s a great place to search for jobs, there’s also the opportunity that you’ll be headhunted by someone that likes the look of your profile and thinks you’ll fit perfectly into their business.

Remember to keep active online and make as many contacts as possible, particularly in the sectors that you are already in, or wishing to enter.


A great way to access unadvertised job vacancies is to use your personal network of friends, family, acquaintances and colleagues. Many businesses offer rewards to those members of staff that can recommend and introduce a new employee and it’s likely that at least one of your friends will know of a vacancy going somewhere. You may also be able to get ahead of the curve as employees usually know about opportunities before they are advertised online. Put out a message on Facebook, dig into your phone book and ask around to ensure people know that you’re looking for a new job.

Contact employers 

Finally, it’s often a good idea to contact employers directly. Not only is advertising a vacant position usually a time-consuming process that most businesses would rather avoid, it’s also expensive. If you contact employers directly and you have a little luck with your timing, you may find that you hit on a vacancy before it’s advertised. This is often a great way to find a new job as recruiters are keen to find the right candidate without having to go through the entire advertising process.

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