You may search for internships and jobs in two places: the hidden market and the open market. If you seek an internship or entry-level job, we encourage you to search in both places. If you seek a middle or upper-level position, you may be more successful looking in the hidden market. Results also vary according to industries and occupations, so consider the tips below when conducting your search.
You may find positions that are not publicly advertised by tapping into the hidden market. Once you find a position, your likelihood for success is often greater because of the existing relationship that you or someone you know has with the employer. Competing with a smaller applicant pool also helps. To uncover these hidden opportunities:
Share your interests with friends, relatives, professors, and other influential people who may alert you to openings or refer you to hiring managers.
Meet new people at Career Center events and networking receptions.
Join professional associations and membership organizations.
Connect with friends and colleagues through professional networking sites such as LinkedIn.
Create a new internship by submitting a thorough proposal to an employer.
Turn your internship or temporary position into a full-time job.
Stay alert to opportunities for promotion within your organization.
Utilize reputable staffing firms at no cost to you.