When you’re looking for a job, applying to every open position might seem like the best way to get a job. After all, the more applications you put in, the higher the chances of getting a callback, right? Actually, volume doesn’t always equate to a better chance. Every day, thousands of job seekers across the country upload resumes, hoping to make it through to the HR manager on the other side. If you’ve been struggling to find a job and wonder why, then read on to learn more about another area to look for a job.

Online Postings

If you’re like most job seekers, you’ve probably submitted your resume to dozens of employers who posted open positions on a job board. After weeks of nothing but polite but automated email messages saying that the company received your application, you might be wondering whether anyone’s really reading your resume. Unfortunately, many aren’t. Hiring managers receive hundreds of applications for a single job posting and you’re stuck in the stack like hundreds of others.

The bad news for you as a job seeker is that HR departments have to use a process of elimination to narrow down those hundreds of applications, and unfortunately that might mean that they weed out otherwise well-qualified applicants whose resumes are bland or generic. You don’t have to stay in the middle of a giant stack of resumes all the time; there is another option for your job search.

What is the hidden job market?

You may have heard of the phrase, “hidden job market.” News stories around the country lately have focused on this hidden market and how job seekers can tap into it to find employment. But what is it, and what makes it so secretive? In reality, the hidden job market refers to the network of job opportunities that you won’t see posted online or anywhere else.

The hidden job market accounts for over half of all jobs filled. These include opportunities like retirements, terminations and other positions that won’t appear in your search. How do you find a position that isn’t posted? You get a job by networking in the hidden job market.