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The Job Search

The job search can be an overwhelming task for any college student. Our office hopes to assist you in developing strategies on how to navigate it effectively and successfully.

Ultimately, there are two ways to find a job: searching the advertised job market or the hidden job market. Most job hunters only look in the advertised job market and spend the majority of their time there. We suggest that you will benefit most by utilizing the hidden job market method, which involves networking. Both methods should be understood and implemented simultaneously, and we are eager to assist you in developing a strategic job search.

The advertised job market consists of the jobs that are found through online job sites, organization websites, etc. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that only 15 to 20% of available jobs are listed in the advertised job market. Kevin Brennfleck, National Certified Career Counselor, indicates that 95% of job hunters solely rely on the advertised job market to find employment. That leaves over 80% of the jobs practically untouched in the hidden job market. These jobs are hidden because the employer does not need to advertise for them. They are filled through networking, employee referrals, or contacting hiring managers.

Does this mean you shouldn’t even bother using the advertised job market? Of course not! We suggest using a variety of strategies to increases the chances of a successful job search.

Feel free to reference our Job Search Guide and Networking Guide for more information about the advertised and hidden job markets. Furthermore, we invite students to review our Evaluating Job Offers Guide to assist you in that process.


Career Services Office
Grove City College | 100 Campus Drive, Grove City, PA, 16127
PH: (724) 458-3371 |
2009-12 Career Services
Maintained By: Mandy Sposato | Last Updated: June 2012