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5 Ways to Find Unadvertised Jobs

job-seekingAlthough you might assume that if a company has a vacancy or a recruitment need, they will advertise it, that isn’t actually always the case. Many jobs never get publicly advertised yet they get filled each and every day. If you’re a jobseeker, it’s worthwhile getting a little proactive – here are 5 Ways to Find Unadvertised Jobs that should certainly help.

Do some cold calling

This admittedly is a very direct approach. It will take quite a bit of confidence and most certainly resilience. Make a list of organisations where you would like to work and then get on the phone. Ask to speak to the Recruitment or HR Manager but be aware that this may not be all that easy. There may be a gatekeeper – a receptionist or such like whose job it is to field calls and thereby may prevent you from speaking with a hiring manager. Don’t give up though. Try, try and try again and of course make sure that you know who you are calling for! When you do speak to them, succinctly pitch yourself as a potential employee. Give a brief intro of who you are, your skills and experience and what you could offer them.

Make a speculative application

If the thought of a direct approach by phone is off-putting, then why not use mail or email instead. Firstly, identify the organisations where you would like to work and which also generally hire people with the type of skills and experience that you have. Then, write a strong cover letter, tailor your CV to the organisation in question and make your speculative application. Make sure also that your letter or email is aimed at the the right person – after all a generic Dear Sir or To Whom It May Concern approach impresses no-one and may not even ever reach the person you want it to reach.


Don’t underestimate the power of networking for helping to unearth unadvertised jobs. Start attending events where prospective employers might be – start engaging with people in your industry or sector on social media and convey a professional impression at all times. Be enthusiastic, personable and make them aware of your genuine interest in a career in their organisation or in a particular market sector. Of course don’t forget to use your own personal networks too. Letting people know that you are looking for a job can be one of the best ways of finding out about potential opportunities.

Do your research

Keeping abreast of news and developments with organisations can be one of the best ways of finding about opportunities before they get officially advertised. Check out industry news and company websites and take not of any expansion plans, or new contracts secured and such like. News like this may often mean that recruitment is on the cards. This can in turn therefore help you plan your cold calling and your speculative applications. Sometimes it’s all to do with timing!


If you undertake voluntary work, you may find that you prove yourself so invaluable to an employer that they want to hire you. Of course this is always dependent on their resources and funding etc. However, if you work hard and show how much of an asset you can be to their organisation, they may just be able to find a way to keep you there in a paid capacity. Use any voluntary work as an opportunity for you to showcase your skills and abilities and to leave an employer with the impression that you would be a worthy and valuable addition to their organisation.

We hope that if you’re actively jobseeking at the moment, these 5 Ways to Find Unadvertised Jobs will help. Got any other tips you’d like to share? Why not let us know via the comments section below.


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