The following video provides information about tapping the hidden market when looking for a job in Australia posted on the Live In Victoria Official Government Website. Note – A Transcript of the video is included below the video. For more on working conditions in Australia as mentioned in this website visit – LIVEINVICTORIA

The Hidden Job Market by Audrey Don

Manager, Language Centre, Holmesglen Institute


So I’ve come to talk to you about some strategies for finding work in Australia.  So what we are trying to do, our main goal here today is to try and give you some strategies to take away to hopefully make that process a lot faster. Now a lot of people, when they do first come here, a lot of times they focus very much on online job applications, so what you really need to be aware of is that if you are just sending out many, many applications online perhaps even the same application and just pressing send, a lot of those are not actually going to hit their target. So what you really need to be focusing on is making very targeted job applications. You really need to go back to your application, back to your resume and address each job application and actually tailor it for the job that you are applying for.

Some of you may also be using recruiters.  If you are using recruiters I really recommend that you get to know your recruiter.  If your CV is just sitting at the bottom of a pile of CVs, it may not be the one that jumps to mind when they come and look and try to get that match and the person for the job.

Lets now just have a think about some of the other strategies.  One of the things I’m going to be talking about today is the hidden job market. Where all of those jobs are that you actually don’t know about at the moment. So if we think for example, many people don’t think about actually going and approaching employers themselves – door knocking. It’s very common here in Australia.  The other thing that I would highly recommend for all of you is to find out who is your professional body because that body will be a great support in helping you find out about potential jobs. Perhaps the key to finding the hidden jobs is actually networking. And networking is something that you would definitely be able to do through your professional organisation. The professional organisations run networking events, they also run seminars, they invite guest speakers. It’s an opportunity for you to actually meet many people that are already in the industry. Because basically what you are trying to do is meet people who, if they don’t have the job themselves, know people who perhaps are looking for someone. So networking is very, very important in Australia.

The key is to have multiple strategies. So you need to be doing many things at the same time and I’d say just to close I would like to wish you all the very best of luck with your job search and my message over and over again is don’t give up. Don’t give up and stay positive and just trying those multiple strategies. So I wish you all the very best.


The following sub chapter is an excerpt from my book Aussie-Migrant: Jobs which provides tonnes of information aimed at putting you, the job seeker, in the driver’s seat from the moment you obtain your visa.


4.6 Networking: Tapping the Hidden Job Market

By Terry O’Reilly, OBP Australia

Most jobs are not advertised. That’s a common understanding, although it’s impossible to put an exact percentage on just how many constitute the hidden job market. The point is, you need to do more than merely apply for advertised positions and send your resume to recruiters.

Internal referrals

My first question to job seekers is, ‘Do you know anybody in the company who would be willing to refer you?’ Preferably, this would be an ex-colleague, but even a friend can be useful if they are prepared to vouch for your professional skills and experience. Increasingly, companies are offering bonuses to employees who can refer a suitable candidate for a position before it is advertised publicly, potentially saving thousands of dollars on external recruitment costs. Most migrants will know of compatriots who have made the transition to employment in Australia; it’s just a matter of tracking them down and re-establishing contact.

Industry knowledge

Those who find work quickly are generally those who have good knowledge of the players in their industry.  By doing your company research before you emigrate, you can minimise your period of unemployment in Australia.  Once you have identified the relevant companies, through a combination of LinkedIn, company websites and even the Yellow Pages directory, your next step is to draft an expression of interest (EOI) email to key personnel in your target companies. Of course, your approach needs to be professional and culturally appropriate, so it’s best to seek guidance on the wording of your message. A poor email message could kill any chance of obtaining work with the company. Keep it concise and personalised – address people by their first name.

The purpose of an unsolicited approach is to contact a hiring manager prior to a job being advertised; timing and luck are critical, as you will not know when a company will be in the position to hire. Even if you don’t secure employment via direct contact, in the process, you will develop a deeper understanding of your industry in Australia which is beneficial in the long run.

Insider knowledge

Networking widely with your professional peers will give you access to insider knowledge – Who’s hiring and when? Start building your network through Linkedin, professional forums, MeetUps, etc. Join Linkedin Groups relevant to your profession, post comments and get active. Message people via your common Linkedin group membership to avoid being reported as spam by InMail recipients whom you do not know. The last thing you want is to be blocked from using LinkedIn because you have been reported as a pest. There are also online industry forums, such as Whirlpool for IT professionals, which can be a great way to establish new and useful connections.

Networking Services

Organisations such as OBP Australia have acquired connections across all industries and professions, so use their services to get introduced to your professional peers. Targeted approaches can save you time in the long run.


Success in the hidden job market is all about networking. For example, a good networker may hear from a business owner that he is on the lookout for a manager for one of his new branch office. The networker helps connect this businessman with his colleague who has the skills to take up that particular position.

Here is how networking provides access to the hidden job market:

Apart from networking online, one of the most effective ways of networking is by volunteering in your local community. It helps integrate faster into the Australian way of life, meet new people and make friends.

It is also a great way of getting local references when the job comes along. Your potential employers will want to talk about you with someone who knows you and how you work and behave in a work environment.

If English is not your first language, volunteering will provide you with opportunities to practice your English. Apart from boosting your confidence, volunteering can also help you acquire new skills that you can include on your resume.

And it speaks volumes about you to potential employers.

Networking is not just about getting that elusive job; it is about broadening your social and professional circles. All these connections will help you in the long run well after you have got your first job.

Get people to know you through constant association – Word of mouth (Who do you know…..and who knows you?), by being proactive (getting to know people in your industry and helping others on every opportunity) and reputation (Your personal skills and branding)

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