If you’re currently in the job market, here’s the little-known secret to tapping into the most lucrative, yet hidden jobs available.

Even in this economy, there are still millions of great jobs out there. It’s just that many of the best ones never make their way to the classifieds. Instead, they’re taken by people who know about them before being ever advertised. Imagine how great it would be if you had thousands of friends who ‘d always tell you about unadvertised jobs that are perfect for you.

As they say, it’s not what you know; it’s who you know. The secret to getting the unadvertised jobs is to make friends out of good recruiters, setting up informational interviews and networking with industry players. And not just a few, but LOTS of them. Here’s why, and how you do it:

Recruiters, otherwise known as headhunters or search consultants, are hired by companies to find candidates to fill open positions. These jobs are often never advertised. But the secret of how to best use recruiters is first to realize that contrary to popular belief, they don’t work for you. It is a crucial fact that most job seekers don’t understand. The key to maximizing recruiters is to understand the following: Recruiters don’t find jobs for people– they see people for jobs. It’s an important distinction to know if you want to get a job through a recruiter.

In today’s job market, most companies are seeking employees who are currently working. Consider these passive candidates because they are not actively seeking employment. So the paradox comes in, how do you seem to look passive but make sure the recruiters who are searching for people to fill a job contact you?

So to get the hidden jobs, you have to realize it’s a numbers game, and you must play it well by getting your resume to as many recruiters as you can that specialize in people with your skills in your field and your geographic area.

You can search the internet and find various lists of executive recruiters. However, they’re not well organized, complete or easy to find. But most importantly, they may not serve the industry where you are seeking a job. Recruiters are trying to fill a specific position in a particular sector.

The power of the internet can now be put to work and quickly get your passive resume into the hands of thousands of industry-specific recruiters.

While some recruiters may not have something for you today, if their clients regularly look for people with your skills, they will add you to their database. That’s a good thing.

The first place a recruiter seems when a client comes to them with a job to fill in their candidate database. It’s never too late or too early to start networking with recruiters who specialize in people like you.

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