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Open the door to the hidden jobs market

Updated: 14 Apr 2016

Not all vacancies are advertised.  If you are looking for a new job, recruiting experts Hays shares advice on how to tap into the hidden jobs market and increase your chance of finding the right job to advance your career.


The hidden jobs market is big and very active in China,” says Simon Lance, Regional Director of Hays in China.  “Many positions vacant are never advertised and are filled through informal or formal networks.


“The statistics vary, but the consensus seems to be that at least 50 per cent of jobs are not advertised,” he said.


According to Simon, there are several ways you can open the door to this hidden jobs market.


“Networking will help you access the hidden jobs market,” he said. “But effective networking covers more than simply adding new LinkedIn connections.  It means staying in touch and one of the best ways to do this is to share relevant and engaging content.  You should also make your connections aware when you are job hunting and ask if they know anyone you could talk to about a job.  


“You can also join an industry association or professional group and attend functions or seminars.  


“Of course you should also partner with a recruiting expert. A recruiter invests many hours in calling local employers to find the best job opportunities. They can tell you which organisations are hiring and where the jobs are,” he said.


Your recruitment consultant will become your advocate with employers and will promote your strengths and expertise. They can also give you advice on what it’s like to work at the organisation you’re applying for and the type of questions you are likely to be asked in the interview.


“It is a recruitment consultant’s job to find the best person for each role. But even if one initial role is not right for you, recruitment consultants that know you will remember you when other relevant roles come along.”


Simon has one final piece of advice: “Stay in touch with recruitment consultants you have had positive dealings with. Even when you are in a job, it pays to keep your valuable contacts fresh.”


With these steps you are in a much stronger position to tap into the hidden jobs market when it comes time for your next jobs search.


Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.


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For further information please contact Kathy Lou, Marketing Manager of Hays in China, on +86 (0) 21 2322 9600 or



About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.


Hays Specialist Recruitment  (Shanghai) Co., Limited ("Hays China") operates across the public and private sector, dealing in permanent positions. Hays China’s eighteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Executive, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Operations, Oil & Gas, Property and Sales & Marketing.


Hays China operates four local offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou. It is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company with more than 7,840 staff operating from 239 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms.


Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.