“What Color is your Parachute” taught the world that here are two types of job searches; the “traditional” and the creative job searches. In China, the traditional option (matching resumes to newspaper job ads, etc), may not even exist for many of us. There are always jobs out there, if you haven’t found your target position, either you are using the wrong method to find it, or it isn’t advertised. If 80% of jobs in the global market may be unpublished, we can only imagine how many jobs are hidden in China, especially for the non local, non Chinese reading applicant.
As vacancies often exist before there is any published notice of the job – it is your job to find out where. Your first task is to be very clear about what you are seeking – to make it easier to find it. Your target position may be still in the HRD’s, or hiring manager’s headcount pipeline, or the idea of your ideal job may not yet been fully developed and you must shape it.
Job hunters usually favor matching resumes to job ads; whereas employers prefer to hire how we prefer to buy: through referrals and proof. The traditional job hunt often fails because the ways applicants prefer to apply for jobs (submitting resumes and answering ads) is exactly opposite to the way employers prefer to hire candidates.
Understanding the psychology of your potential employer will help you plan a better job search. In China, where we know that recruitment agencies may not be our savior, logic tells us that it’s the who you know that becomes key.
Research says a combination of up to 4 proven strategies will maximize your chance for job hunting success, given that Guanxi (or relationshps) are so important in China, here are just some of the networking focused channels you may choose to access your hidden job.