The Phenomenon of the Hidden Job Market

Have you ever heard of the hidden job market? Among recruiters, this term represents the common reality that not all available jobs are advertised. Some estimates indicate that upwards of 80% of jobs are not posted or, in some cases, have not been filled because the right candidate’s profile has not yet been fully defined. Finding jobs in this hidden job market depends a lot on whom you know and who knows you.

So how can you, as a job seeker, stand out in this hidden job market? First, start by refining your personal pitch. Remember – pitching is not just for baseball players and entrepreneurs! Then define the kind of job you want, and figure out what you have to offer. Next, use your personal contacts to grow your professional network. Once you have an audience, it will be important for you to seek out opportunities where you can make your pitch, and expand your network of contacts.

One of the major challenges facing our province in the coming years is a shortage of availability of labour. According to emploi-Québec, the Estrie region will also be affected with 28,700 job openings anticipated by 2016, 83% of which will be the result of retirements.  Due to a scarcity of labour, it will be necessary to implement diverse initiatives to help increase the availability of skilled labour. A significant proportion of these vacancies will require a level of technical competence, a high school education and vocational/technical training. It is important to continue efforts to develop the link between employers and job seekers to facilitate the gap between the two.

Network with BRP, Charles River Laboratories, Global Excel and RCGT!

To help open up this hidden job market, and to create a space that will bring together employers and multilingual job seekers from the region, Townshippers’ Association, Global Excel Management Inc. (Global Excel) and CEDEC are partnering to organize a unique networking event, the [email protected] Connect.

Job seekers who speak more than one language, and who have completed post-secondary education or vocational training, are invited to join four top employers at Restaurant Le Cartier Pub Saint-Malo, 255 boul Jacques-Cartier S, in Sherbrooke on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 5 – 7 pm. Participating recruiters from BRP, Charles River Laboratories, Global Excel and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton are looking forward to connecting with qualified, multilingual candidates.

This is the perfect chance to meet these employers in a intimate and informal setting, on the eve of the Priorité-emploi job fair, giving you the distinct advantage to choose which employers best fit your needs and interests, and pinpoint those you would like to follow up with at the job fair.

The [email protected] Connect event is free to attend, but spaces are limited. Register online at Candidates who register before Monday, March 24 will receive a ticket for one free beverage and will be eligible to enter a special draw to win a one-on-one consultation with the participating employer of their choice.

Upcoming Discovery Days

Registrations are still being taken for the upcoming Discovery Day weekends.  March 28-30 will focus on the Sherbrooke and the Val-St-François areas, and will include a visit to the Priorité-emploi job fair as well as a special invitation to participate in the [email protected] Connect. April 11-13 will explore the Memphremagog with a special invitation to participate in an interesting networking opportunity with employers from that area on Thursday, April 10.

For further details about the Discovery Days weekend, please contact Jenny Menard, Make Way for YOUth/Desjardins Migration Agent, [email protected], 819-566-5717819-566-5717.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-57171-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-44211-877-242-4421.



Photo Credit: Courtesy Al Barber

Photo Caption:  On March 27 the unique networking event, [email protected] Connect, will open up the hidden job market by connecting multilingual job seekers with four regional employers.  Organized by Townshippers’ Association, Global Excel and CEDEC, this event is free to attend but with limited spaces, registration is required.