Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Have you heard of the hidden job market?

Do you know the best way to apply for jobs?

In today’s episode, Anish Majumadar shares how to get that competitive advantage when applying for a job in the U.S.

Times have changed, and there is a new way to land the job you want.

It is more authentic and more real than the old way.

Listen in and learn how to identify your potential red flags and turn them around as a strength.

Hidden Job Market

Today you’ll meet Anish Majumadar.

He is a career coach and an expert in the hidden job market.

His article videos and webinars have appeared in Fast Company, Business Insider, GlassDoor, and Ivy Execs.

Lindsay asks Anish what the hidden job market is and what it means.

Anish shares that the hidden job market refers to the entire universe of roles that are discovered, identified, and filled that never make it to the job boards and are never seen by a larger audience.

For a long time, he has heard whispers of possibilities of networking your way to a job you want.

He has come to realize that in most cases, and in most industries, the vast majority of opportunities and roles are being filled this way.

Hiring is changing

Companies no longer process their applicants the way they used to due to cost constraints.

Nowadays, they often incentivize employees to refer someone they know that would fit an open role.

Lindsay finds this amazing.

This means that there are far more opportunities than we see and realize.

She has seen this going around where people would share on their social media that the company they are working for is looking to fill a certain position.

They also get paid if they successfully refer someone.

Anish adds that this hidden job market has a lot of advantages for job seekers.

You get to tap into an opportunity that you know you can do, is current, and you get to work with someone you already know.

You are saved from the hassle of reviewing so many jobs that may not be a fit or may be outdated.

Additionally, you don’t have an idea of what the culture and environment would be like.

3 Tips to Conquer the Hidden Job Market in the US

The many innovations through the years have changed many of the usual things we do.

Even looking for work has evolved beyond preparing a CV and cover letter.

Anish will share in today’s episode three tips you need to conquer the hidden job market.

He will mention how you can identify your potential red flags that might hinder you from getting the job you want.

Red flag: a perception of you or something that could be a problem.

For someone hiring for a certain role, a red flag allows them to reject someone based on the red flags.

Anish shares three tips that will put you at a competitive advantage in the job market:

#1: Connect with hiring managers

You must find a way to connect with the hiring manager or CEO of a company you are applying for.

Gone are the days when you have to go through a third-party recruiter to get your application noticed.

Now you can find that connection, even online.

You should prepare what to say.

Know in advance how you will approach the CEO or hiring manager even before making that touch point.

#2: Make a good impression with your online appearance

You want to be a well-rounded candidate for the role before you approach the CEO or hiring manager.

Prepare your online appearance.

You have to make a good first impression.

If you connect via Linkedin, make sure your profile is up to date and accurate.

Do not only include the skills and experience related to the job.

You can also share other things that you know will be helpful and may set you apart from the rest of the candidates.

Don’t be afraid as well to share your life story.

The CEO wants to hear what you’ve gone through and get an insight into what you are like.

#3: Provide missing context on your resume

If you’ve gone through bad experiences in previous jobs, the tendency is to omit it from your resume.

You don’t need to do that. You can leave that in your resume and be honest about the storyline. No one expects you to be perfect.

You can still share your wins in that job and you can then mention why you decided to separate from your employer.

You don’t have to share negative details about what happened.

Instead, professionally and politely share the moment your goals no longer aligned with the company.

If you had to take time off work for a few years to take care of a relative or had to raise kids, you can mention it in your resume to make your career timeline complete.

There is no harm in being honest.


Anish encourages you to find your voice, vision, and process and lead with that.

Do not hesitate in chasing the job opportunity you want.

When applying for a job, you only need one yes.

Take the risk to give service to your voice and vision.

You can find more resources from Anish Majumdar on his website.

You can also go to and view his Linkedin profile.

What do you think of the tips shared by Anish in today’s episode?

Share your thoughts in the comments down below.

Anish’s Bio:

Anish Majumdar is a career coach and is rated in the top 1% of career experts on LinkedIn. He is the creator of the LinkedHired!© Job Search System and has been featured in Business Insider, Fast Company, Ivy Exec, and Glassdoor.

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