Job Vacancies

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 - job hunting, job search, Job Vacancies, recruitment

Job Vacancies

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Job Vacancies: do you know how to find them, or what the basic statistics are compared to the number of job adverts? If you don’t, then perhaps your job search will be improved if you just understand a little bit of the process behind how job vacancies are created and fulfilled.

Creation of a Job Vacancy

Employers create jobs for three reasons:

  • Replacement
  • Expansion – of the same activity, requiring more of the same skills
  • Doing something new/different – requiring new skills

Note that the only direct job related activity there is a replacement post holder for an existing employee, while the other two are directly related to the business and its development. Hence, if all you do is search the job adverts, you will miss the opportunity to get in early on new job vacancies, by not reading the business section of your local newspaper.

Existing Job Vacancy

Replacing existing employees could be for a number of reasons, all related to the circumstances of the individual post holder:

  • Promotion
  • Retirement
  • Social – marriage, pregnancy, moving to another location
  • Leaving – either dismissal or for another company

When a company has a job vacancy in an existing post, the first thing any organisation these days does is review whether the post is required in its business. If the post if required, then the HR department will look to fulfill the post from within the existing organisation, and there are a number of very good reasons for doing this:

  • It is the most likely step to keep current productivity levels high
  • It shows existing staff that development within the organisation is possible, and gives them a greater assurance to stay

You won’t be surprised then that 1/3 of all job vacancies never advertised, as the HR team promotes internal candidates first. So what happens to the other2/3rds?

Jobs by Networking

While around 1/3rd of Job Vacancies UK are filled by issuing Job Adverts to various locations – job boards, local newspapers, recruiters, etc. The remaining 1/3 are fulfilled by people known to the company or organisation, but not working for them at present. How can this happen?

Simply, organisations have either seen people they like (suppliers, customers, or those who applied for previous vacancies), or more likely these days they have been recommended to them by their own employees. As a recruiter, I am amazed more companies do not make more use of the free resource which is the employee recommended hire, as most would at least fit in with the culture and social structure of the company.

Job Search

Hence, to make your job search more effective, you can add three activities to your existing procedure and find more hidden job vacancies:

  1. Read the business section of the newspaper, as well as the job section – get advanced notice of hiring needs
  2. When you see a job at an ideal company, think whey are they hiring? It may not suit your needs or skills, but it could be a sign they are doing something different andwill have more job vacancies later
  3. Once you are job searching, let people know – networking is an excellent route to finding hidden job vacancies

Good Luck!


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