How to Score the Jobs That Aren’t Listed
Searching for the perfect job takes a ton of effort, and staying motivated while you work to land the career of your dreams can make even the most patient person chomp on her chrome nails. We know that while good things come to those who wait, those who hustle get the cream of the crop, so we reached out to New York Times-bestselling author and global networking expert Dr. Ivan Misner. He clued us in on the concept of “secret jobs,” which are basically unlisted positions you can score before heaps of applications begin rolling in. Intrigued? Give your resume an ultra-quick refresh, and read on for Dr. Misner’s top tips.
1. Cultivate the right mindset. Dr. Misner tells us that confidence is key when it comes to landing an unlisted position. “Desperation isn’t referable,” he says. “Since you’ll be depending on your network to speak highly of you to their hiring manager and contacts, practice confidently touting your skills.” If you’re having trouble summoning confidence, take time to reflect on the projects you’ve enjoyed at past jobs and what you do well, or even ask your teammates to share a few of your strengths with you. For a quick confidence boost, scroll through old LinkedIn recommendations or written letters of reference — there’s so much to be proud of right now.
2. Polish up your social media. Remember that social media can play a key role when it comes to making an impression. “Potential employers will check out your profiles, and you won’t want to make your network look bad if they stick their neck out and recommend you,” Dr. Misner tells us. He even shared a personal anecdote: “I was once considering hiring someone and I checked out his Facebook page,” he says. “OMG! He threw out the “F” bomb time after time on his posts. Even more, he posted inappropriate comments and tirades about people. He was not the kind of influence I wanted in my office.” Yikes!
3. Keep your relationships current. “Reach out to friends, family, and business contacts in person, on LinkedIn, and via social media to tell them exactly what kind of position you’re looking for,” Dr. Misner suggests. “Ask if they can check for any upcoming openings and keep you in mind.” On the flip side, reaching out also allows you to help them out however you can in the future.
4. Consider other connections. Though digital rules, and it’s much easier to fire off a few emails than it is to go knocking on doors, Dr. Misner says that landing a secret job means you have to think (and step) outside of the box. “Don’t forget to check in with neighbors, professional organizations, past customers and clients, and community organizations for even more contacts.” You should never underestimate the strength of weak ties when it comes to scoring a great referral.
5. Know where you stand. “Whether your relationships with your contacts are active, passive, or dormant will determine your strategy for reaching out,” Dr. Misner explains. “Here’s how to approach each: If they’re active, pick up the phone and ask for what you want. There’s a relationship and they’ll most likely love to help. If your relationship is passive, set up time to reconnect (preferably in person). Ask about them and let them know you’re looking for something. Last, if your relationship has grown dormant, reconnect by social media or email. Just talk and don’t ask for anything — yet. Stay in touch, build the relationship before you ask.”
6. Visit companies you admire in person. Want to make an immediate impression or hate waiting with hopes to connect? “Network right there, on the ground,” Dr. Misner says. “Check in with the front desk, drop your resume off in-person, and ask to meet with the HR director. Better yet, find out if someone in your network can connect you to a current employee in that company and contact them through the referral. Meet them for coffee and come prepared.” That’s great advice.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)