Hidden jobs

How do you find the hidden jobs in the labour market? It’s about having a networking and Social Media strategy

In this workshop you will learn how to build a hidden job search strategy based on Networking and Soacial Media activity but also traditional cold listing and calling. Many jobs are never advertised to the public. Calculations say that approximately 30% of all jobs are advertised and about 70% of the jobs are hidden and never exposed to any job portals. Probably, that is the reason why job seekers think “there are no jobs for me!”

Hidden jobs is part of the concept “Social Recruitment” used by the labour market. By understanding the labour markets networking processes, and by building connections to key people in companies you increase your chances on the hidden job market. In this workshop you will get insight to what a fruitful strategy could look like, how you keep track on your job hunting process and how you can broaden your job search by using digital platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and WeChat.

Get the answer from a recruiter’s perspective


Key takeaways

  • What are hidden jobs?
  • Why are those jobs hidden?
  • How do you find hidden jobs?
  • How do you match yourself to a hidden job?
  • How do you build a sustainable job-searching strategy?
  • How do you use LinkedIn when looking for hidden jobs?




You have probably heard that between 60 and 90% of all jobs are “hidden”… But what exactly are “hidden” jobs? And how do you find them? Well, a hidden job is a job that is not openly advertised on company pages or job sites and that you find through indirect networks or hidden channels.

And hidden jobs also hold the key to answer other questions you –along with many other recent PhDs looking for suitable jobs—have been asking yourself. Is there simply no job for me? What exactly are these companies looking for? What do these job titles even mean?

As a result of this workshop you will better understand how hidden channels and networking works on the labour market and in the recruitment industry. Thus, increasing your chances to find your dream job. And guess what? It’s not as hard as you might think! You’re probably very good at it already – it’s just that you don’t know it yet.