Open the door to the hidden jobs market



Not all vacancies are advertised. If you are looking for a new job, recruiting experts Hays in Malaysia 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 Malaysia,” says Chris Mead, Regional Director of Hays in Malaysia & Singapore. “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 Chris, 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.”
Chris 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 is located in Kuala Lumpur at Suite 4 & 5, Level 23, Menara 3, Petronas, Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Phone +60 3 2786 8600 or email
Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.
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For further information please contact Chris Mead, Regional Director of Hays in Singapore & Malaysia, on 6223 4535 or


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