The Source Guide to Finding Hidden Creative Jobs You have an amazing CV; it demonstrates all your core skills, your successes, and your contributions to various organisations… but you’ve still had no luck at finding a creative job. The one that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. The one you can get excited about. At Source, we believe that all jobs should be filled by people who adore their role. We believe that people should love what they do so much that they can’t wait to get to work in the morning. We are, however, realistic, and we do know that even the most perfect of candidates struggle to get their dream job from time to time. So, if this sounds like you; get a coffee, and make yourself comfortable. The secret to finding a creative job is looking for jobs that are hidden. We are going to look at how to find hidden creative jobs, and also discover some of the secrets of how to get the role of your dreams.
What is a hidden creative job?
A hidden creative job is really hidden. In the UK, there are various Equal Opportunities Acts, which mean that every job; wherever it is, whatever it encompasses, must be advertised. The role can be advertised either internally or externally, it can be advertised on the internet, in newspapers, by recruitment agencies, or advertised using a mixture of these. The most effective recruitment agencies advertise where the dream applicant hangs out.
How do candidates find a hidden creative job?
For example, if you are looking for a graphic designer you tend not to advertise in the local newsagents. Sure you might find one candidate there, but the chances of finding the one perfect one would be very slim. (Check out our latest graphic design vacancies here – link). Graphic designers tend to be computer and social media literate. They understand how the internet works, get Google alerts for positions, and often register with all the great creative agencies. A really clued up company would consider advertising on sites such as Behance; an example of a creative hub. So although the jobs are called hidden, they are actually hiding in plain sight and obvious to the ideal candidate.
Formulating your hidden creative job search strategy;
- Research your niche extensively
- Find where they advertise
- Build your contacts in that sector
- Keep up to date – read the industry news
- Keep in touch with your recruitment consultant
Researching your niche is a vital task in sourcing a hidden creative job. It’s the small things in life that matter, and the devil is in the detail, but all clichés aside; you need to have your finger firmly on the pulse and know what is happening in the industry you wish to work in. You need to know who is hiring and why, and who is firing and why. When you have thoroughly researched the sector the next step is to start making contacts in that industry. This can be done using sites such as LinkedIn and their groups. Get to know members in these groups and make contact requests.
Build up a picture of the company culture
As you get to know your contacts, you will start to build up a picture of the company’s culture, how they advertise and where they advertise. You’ll know if the staff are excited about upcoming projects or if they are down in the dumps about the loss of a contract. And, if they are looking to hire, you can find out about the recruitment procedures and what they are looking for in a candidate. You may think that you don’t need a recruitment consultant, and you might be right. However, recruitment consultants at Source have extensive contacts in numerous companies. If you hear of a vacancy, the likelihood is that Source already have an established relationship in place, and you will be able to use this to your advantage.
How a recruitment consultant can help you get your dream job
Even if your consultant doesn’t have a contact in the company concerned, they always have a few aces up their sleeves, and whilst we won’t reveal all in this blog post, we can say that without a doubt our recruitment consultants are great listeners. More than this; they are active listeners. If you ring a company about a hidden job, you may blow it. You are so focused on getting your dream role that you don’t hear all that’s being said. Then your application gets rejected and you feel awful, all that effort for nothing. Using a recruitment consultant to make contact for you is a brilliant tactic, and it is a win-win situation for everyone involved. It means that you have a third party involved in your job search (your recruitment consultant), and someone who is able to recommend you. Backed up with your research and your contacts, it becomes easier for you to get an interview for the particular role. Furthermore, by having your recruitment consultant call for you, you can get them to encourage the employer to be ‘flexible’; they can negotiate a better salary, better perks and sell you into your dream role. There can be a downside which you must consider. When your consultant calls, they may feel that you are not the right person for the role you have in mind. They then have the tough job of breaking this to you. Don’t despair in this scenario; work together and put the missing pieces of the jigsaw in place. It may mean you taking a different role, it may mean up-skilling or re-skilling in a certain area, but the good news is your consultant will know exactly what it takes to get you the job of your dreams. And finally, whilst keeping up to date with your industry, look at who influences them. Sometimes you may be able to work in a role that influences your chosen industry, so when the next hidden role becomes available you are the ideal person for it, and you will have the necessary experience and connections. How did you find your current job – did you go out and find it or did someone find you? Leave your experiences in the comments below and if you know someone looking for a job right now share this article with them.