I’ve talked about joining e-mail groups (forums, lists, whatever you want to call them) to be in the right place at the right time. Here’s an excellent example of an e-mail from Greg Brooks that went out just last week on YoungPRPros:
I need a Microsoft Access database pro who’s available for an immediate assignment. Anyone know anyone?
My favorite part? Where he asks does “anyone know anyone?“
This is how it happens. This is the hidden job market. It’s not a secretive thing, it’s just not on the job boards.
The logic behind this elusive “hidden job market” is that billions (yes, that is an exaggerated number) of people are on job boards, which means there’s a lot of competition for that one great job posting. Think you are the best one for the job? So do hundreds of others. And your are “just one more resume.”
But these groups have opportunities that come up frequently, they are real, and the competition is almost non-existent. Want proof? Here are some comments from Greg, after he posted the e-mail to the group:
- I found someone within one hour of posting my request to two lists.
- Speed matters — people who didn’t contact me within the first hour or so weren’t even in the running.
- I got the project (which I’d spec’d at about $500 worth of work) done for $140.
- I’ll do other work with this guy again.
Even though this was a $140 job, I’ve seen other jobs on these lists, full-time, from executive to entry-level. This is the real deal.Â This is your hidden job market.
- PMP (for project management professionals)
- … you get the idea.
Go find the hidden job market!