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I Am 1000 Zombies Trying to Break Into a Building

on October 18, 2012

This is what the guest speaker yesterday made us write down. This was his comparison to using 100% of your connections to break into the company you want to be employed by.

Donald Asher, “author of 12 books on career development and higher education”, was the guest speaker yesterday at my university. His event title was “Navigating the Hidden Job Market”. The content of his speech was highly interesting and very thought-provoking. I found myself completely immersed in the topic and laughing at his very good sense of humor.

Did you know that about 85% of the job market is made up of the hidden job market? This segment of the market is made up of jobs that are advertised at some point, but the person who gets the position was never a part of the advertisement – they didn’t see it. The hidden market gives job seekers a great advantage; not only is the competition for the position you aim for significantly lower (try moving from 200 applicants to about 20), but you don’t need all the specifications that are listed on the job description to get the job.

Also, jobs seekers have a better chance of getting the job if they are recommended. People only recommend people that they trust, so there is a lower risk factor involved with hiring someone that has been given a good word. This also takes away a “lie-factor” that is out in the job seeking market. Asher says that about 25% are lying on resumes. Crazy, right? Well, if you have been recommended, obviously you are not in that 25%. Who would recommend a liar? Not me.

Asher gave plenty of good advice, like on making sure you keep your target career in mind. Have an elevator speech ready. Get involved with an informational  interview in the market you have an interest in. And to network.

I enjoyed the information he told us, and like I said, he was pretty funny, too. Take a look at his books if you are interested in learning more; I will probably take a look at them at some point.

And, remember, I am 1000 zombies trying to break into a building. I will definitely get in. Watch out world! 😉

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