Ok, I can now attest that the hidden job market I’ve read a lot about really does exist. Last week, I got a phone call inviting me to a job interview this coming week for a job that has apparently not been posted, and for which they are reportedly considering just two people. (I’m one of them.) This came via a wonderful networking contact I’ve yet to have meet in person, and who works for someone I was introduced to by a friend. The contact works with an organization that she thought was in the process of creating a new position. Then, lo and behold, the phone call came asking if I’d like to interview for said position.
I have a lot of questions about the position, as it does not seem to be clearly defined, but it is gratifying to see things moving along! I guess I’ll find out more at the interview.
I’m still planning to keep answering ads, though. To me at least, there seems to be more employment activity than a few months ago, more job postings of interest, more stories of people I know getting jobs. I hope this is a broader trend!