Most job openings are not advertised, creating what seems like a Hidden job market. Information about available work is circulated through manager's network of co-workers, business associates, friends and acquaintances.
How can you find out about these jobs?
Research potential employers.
The Information Interview can be a useful way to find out more about the kind of industry or company you would like to work for. While this technique is not designed for finding a job, the contacts you make may lead you to job openings.
For more information
Contact potential employers.
You have a list of potential employers, but you don't know if they have any job openings. Visit the employers' home page to see if it has a job-posting section. If not, it's time to phone Personnel or a hiring manager.
"Hello, my name is ____________. I understand that your company does _____ and that's my area of career interest. I was wondering if you had any current job openings."
Go to Networking Know-How for more information.