Growth through Talent

Unlocking the Hidden Job Market

 6th Jun 2023

Looking for a job in the UK? We understand the competitiveness of the current job market, but what if we told you there's a way to tap into the Hidden Job Market?

According to a survey by Reed, approximately 50% of all job vacancies in the UK are never advertised. This underscores the importance of actively seeking unadvertised opportunities. Let's explore how you can go beyond traditional job listings and find your ideal job:


  1. Leverage Networking: The Power of Connections

Networking has become even more critical in the evolving job market landscape. According to a LinkedIn Workforce Report, 80% of professionals in the UK believe that networking is crucial for career success. Here's what you can do:

  • Attend industry events: Participate in relevant industry events to meet professionals and expand your network.
  • Virtual networking: Take advantage of virtual networking opportunities, such as webinars, online conferences, and professional forums.
  • Utilize LinkedIn: Create a compelling LinkedIn profile and connect with professionals in your field. Actively nurture these connections to increase your chances of learning about unadvertised job opportunities.


  1. Engage with Recruitment Agencies and Freelance Platforms

Recruitment agencies and freelance platforms offer access to unadvertised job opportunities across various industries. Here's how you can leverage them:

  • Research reputable agencies: Identify and engage with recruitment agencies that specialize in your field. They often have insider knowledge and connections to hidden opportunities.
  • Explore freelance platforms: Freelance platforms can provide project-based work or long-term contracts that are frequently unadvertised. Register on reputable platforms and showcase your skills and expertise.


  1. Industry-Specific Associations and Online Communities

Industry-specific associations and online communities can be invaluable resources for uncovering hidden job opportunities in 2023. Here's what you can do:

  • Join relevant associations: Become a member of industry-specific associations to access exclusive job listings and networking opportunities.
  • Participate in online communities: Engage in discussions on online forums, social media groups, and professional platforms. Share your expertise and build relationships with professionals in your industry.


  1. Utilize LinkedIn and Social Media

In 2023, LinkedIn remains an essential platform for professionals and job seekers in the UK. Here's how you can make the most of it:

  • Optimize your LinkedIn profile: Highlight your skills, accomplishments, and relevant keywords to attract potential employers.
  • Join industry-specific groups: Engage in discussions within LinkedIn groups related to your field. This showcases your knowledge and expands your network.
  • Stay active on social media: Besides LinkedIn, stay active on other social media platforms. Companies increasingly share unadvertised positions or seek recommendations through these channels.


  1. Leverage Referrals and Employee Networks

Companies prioritize employee referrals due to their higher success rate in finding quality hires. Here's how you can tap into referrals and employee networks:

  • Inform your network: Let your contacts know about your job search and express your interest in unadvertised opportunities.
  • Seek referrals: Leverage your connections within organizations to gain referrals or insights into hidden job openings.


Embrace these strategies, tailored to the current year, and increase your chances of discovering hidden opportunities that align with your career aspirations. If you would like to discuss any of the above strategies further, feel free to contact David Terry, Co-Founder and Director at Pivotal, via email at

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