We all know that there are a ton of jobs listed online, but there is a hidden job market out there. As many as 80% of jobs don’t make it to those online job boards.

You’re probably asking, “Where do you find this hidden job market and how do you get yourself out there?”

Our guest, Mac Prichard, publisher of Mac’s list (Oregon’s go-to website for finding great job opportunities in Portland) and host of the podcast, “Find Your Dream Job,” shares three of the best ways to get your foot in the door to the hidden job market:

  1. Volunteering
  2. Networking
  3. Informational interviews

Mac shares how you can be strategic and tactful in your approach in professional volunteering. The great thing about volunteering is that the ball is in your court. You can pick and choose which organizations align with your field and what direction you want to take your career. You have the ability to bring your skills to showcase to any organization that you want to work with.

Side projects and volunteering are good ways to act on your interests and connect with others as you get to experiment with things you like and things that you don’t necessarily get to do at your day job.

“It gives you a chance to show others what you can do. It gives you an opportunity to connect with leaders and influencers in your field and you should always, when volunteering, give your time and energy with the expectation of receiving nothing in return.”     – Mac Prichard

If you’re struggling to think of things you can do as a volunteer for an organization, just know they don’t have to be so over-the-top, they can be as simple as helping with an upcoming event or any short-term project.

Short-term projects are great as they allow you to show people what you’re capable of, it will give you satisfaction of having a result of your work right away, and (if you happen to lose interest in the organization) short-term projects provide you with a built-in exit strategy.

Mac also offers another tactic that will improve your career search with his free online video course, How to Wow and Woo EmployersIf you’ve been struggling with your online job search, check out this video course. You’ll gain the knowledge you need to leverage your online presence to impress potential employers.

How to Wow and Woo Employers will help you optimize your social media accounts to increase your likelihood of landing the career you’ve always wanted. Go check it out!

Sign-up for the free course here!

About Mac Prichard

Mac Prichard is a public relations strategist, publisher of Mac’s list (Oregon’s go-to website for finding great job opportunities in Portland), host of the podcast: “Find Your Dream Job,” and the owner of Prichard Communications.

Mac strives to drive social change and his team at Prichard Communications works to serve nonprofit and social good organizations around the country. Before launching Mac’s List as its own company, the list was just a side project for the Prichard Communications team. Mac’s List is now the premier resource for connecting passionate, creative professionals to meaningful and creative work throughout Oregon and SW Washington, with a growing monthly outreach to more than 80,000 people.

Throughout the years Mac and his team’s mission has always remained the same: to help people throughout Oregon find rewarding, interesting jobs that pay decent salaries and to help employers find the best possible candidates for those jobs.

Whether you are looking for your first job, a better job or just want to manage the direction of your career, Mac’s List offers the resources you need to make it happen. You can find many of the informational products Mac’s List offers, including their blogbook, and podcast, provide actionable tips that will help job-seekers wherever they live.

 

Relevant Links and Resources

Check out Mac’s free online video course: How to Wow and Woo Employers

Check out Mac’s List!

Listen to Mac’s podcast: Find Your Dream Job

Follow Mac on Twitter: @Mac_Prichard

Check out Mac’s List on Facebook!

Connect with Mac on Linkedin

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