3 Sure Ways to Uncover Hidden Career Opportunities

Have you looked for your next career opportunity in vain? The hunt can become a very
frustrating and exhausting experience. Manufacturing has been impacted tremendously with the economy.  Most employers hiring strategies have changed; HR no longer relies on just posting their company job openings and then sifting through tons of resumes to find the right candidate.  However, many job seekers still rely primarily on internet-posted jobs for employment opportunities. The truth is only a small percentage of opportunities are advertised. Almost 80% of new job openings are not advertised openly anywhere. So how do you uncover the 80% hidden job opportunities?  Here are a few simple steps to get you pointed in the right direction.

Create a Strategy

If you start your search with a clear map of what you want the outcome to be it can help you work more efficiently in your search.  First, use the web to help create a spreadsheet listing the target manufacturing companies that you would like to work for.  Depending on your industry your list could be from 10 to 100 or more companies.  Determine the expected titles of those that would be the direct reports for the specific roles you are aiming for.  Websites such as Spoke, ZoomInfo, or Jigsaw can help you research your company and connection information.  A strong recruiter can help you develop a strategy that will be specific to your situation and help you make connections without having to reach out to someone cold.  Sending Introduction Requests through your network to those executives that you would target directly for career opportunities is one way to do this.  Using one of the most powerful professional online networks, LinkedIn, is one tool that can help you make these connections.  This leads us to the next key step…


Professional networks like LinkedIn can be invaluable at this stage of your career.  You network throughout your career and you are always helping others, making connections, and providing assistance.  When you start your job search it is time that others do the same for you.  Even if you haven’t stayed in touch with colleagues from the past, with the age of social
networks, you can easily reconnect.  You can also greatly expand your current network to open up your job search and uncover hidden job search opportunities.  Though some opportunities are uncovered through your network of friends and family, your contacts with former bosses, peers, and even subordinates may prove most valuable. Recruiters scour LinkedIn and other sites looking for profiles in order to introduce career opportunities to those that are qualified.  Keep your profile up to date, add a photo, and make sure your skills are clear and well-defined.  Request recommendations from those you have worked with so your accomplishments can be easily verified (make sure you offer recommendations freely as well).  Finally, join groups that are within your areas of career interest or specialties.
You can send a direct message to those in your groups which can increase your exposure to others willing to network and help point you in the right direction.  Send me a LinkedIn Connection Request by clicking here and take advantage of my vast network of manufacturing leaders.  

Consulting / Freelancing

Don’t sit still and become stale.  Considerbecoming an independent consultant or joining a consulting firm.  Use your expertise to take on consultingassignments within your target manufacturing companies or related firms.  Also, with the rise of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), it has become easier to find small contract jobs either on the internet or with the company itself depending on your area of expertise.  From these orts of roles, you can developstrong relationships to help expand your network and possibly lead to full-time employment. Most importantly, going out on your own also helps you continue developing skills needed in your field of interest and allows you to avoid gaps in your resume especially if it takes some time to land your next permanent position. 

Do diligent upfront work, network smartly, and find your next dream job by working smarter, not harder.

by:  Anjela Mangrum, CPC

Anjela Mangrum is the founder of Mangrum Career Solutions Inc.  MCS partners with industrial and machining manufacturing businesses to source and secure mid-to-upper level talent for operations, supply chain, and engineering positions.  They work to empower individual job seekers by helping them gain a competitive edge in their job search. For hiring needs contact Anjela at 513.753.3813 x101.

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