Bishop & Co. shares tips to navigate the hidden job market

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If you’re on the hunt for a job, it’s important to know that many organizations don’t publicly post or advertise all of their open positions. Whether you opt to use a recruiting firm like Bishop & Co. or put feelers out in your own network, here are some tips to get the scoop on this secret job market.

Some openings are highly confidential for various reasons. For example, a person currently in a role is about to leave or be terminated, so the organization will do a confidential search to find a replacement and have the new hire ready to step in when the current employee leaves.

Job seekers should make sure they have developed their own network of colleagues. Someone in your network could know someone at the organization you’re interest in working at! The greater your network, the greater the chance of overlap with those individuals in the organization’s network.

When working with a recruiter in order to get an interview for those hidden jobs, job seekers should realize that it’s important to establish a real relationship with them because this is likely to be a long term situation. Keep in mind that the perfect opportunity may not be available immediately and could take months.

Be prepared to show your value to the recruiter and have your elevator pitch ready. If possible, try to meet them in person, as recruiters are typically client focused, meaning they are paid by the client company and are therefore putting their efforts into filling current open jobs. Once you connect, try to build a relationship and learn from the recruiter how to better build your resume, image and interview skills.

About Bishop & Company:
As a locally owned and operated corporation, Bishop & Company has been helping Hawaii businesses since 1986. Judy Bishop acquired the firm (formally known as CTA Staffing) in 2005. The company is now certified by the SBA—Small Business Administration—as an 8(a) company. Recruiters continually strive to source qualified candidates for clients’ direct hire and contract positions. In addition, the company works hard to provide valuable opportunities to all candidates; those seeking permanent jobs, and contract staff, from entry level to executive.

Bishop & Company provides assistance to employers and job seekers for temporary, temp to hire, direct hire and other employment solutions. It specializes in administrative, accounting, technical, professional, and human resources recruiting, as well as executive search and human resources consulting and outsourcing. Staffing specialists are continually striving to provide applicants and temporary employees with valuable work experience while also sourcing outstanding talent for Hawaii’s businesses and organizations.

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