Job Hunting 101 | If an opening isn’t posted, does the position really exist?


Job hunting took longer than I’d prefer. And I’ve learned a few things in the process. Since contacts keep calling me for advice, I’m posting some of those lessons here.

Job listings on corporate web sites are not necessarily accurate.

I took advantage of a few marketing and creative industry placement industries. At least half of the opportunities showing up in my inbox aren’t listed on the companies’ websites. Human Resources doesn’t want to be inundated with resumes for positions, so the agency route means far less screening.

Two, some jobs postings are evergreen. On more than one occasion I have worked connections to land an interview for a position posted, only to find that there really isn’t a position. Some talent acquisition representatives try to stay aware of what the market looks like at any given point in time. And by keeping a job posting up indefinitely, recruiters are ready to tackle a surprise opening with the latest candidates to apply.

Lastly, just because it’s not listed on the site, doesn’t mean a position you want isn’t being filled.  A recruiter emailed me about suggestions for a senior level opening in my current area of expertise.  I checked out the company’s website to have a job description to reference when running through my list of contacts.  No listing tied to the mid-level position I am seeking. But when I sent a name for the position the recruiter was actively working on, I mentioned that I was also on the market and could she keep me in mind for any mid-level positions that may open up in the next few months. Turns out the recruiter was in the process of filling a mid-level position as well. By just throwing it out there as an afterthought, I landed an interview.

I make these points about job postings because I believe the company matters more than the position in question.  Create the relationship and the position will follow.  If there’s a company that you want to work for, reach out to someone relevant in the department that would be the best fit and start the conversation. Put your name out there.  Get on the radar.