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Half of jobs are not advertised publicly

Employers looking to recruit the best people are likely to want to cast their nets as wide as possible. Conventional wisdom is that the wider the pool, the better the talent.

Half the available talent

So it may come as a surprise to learn that a half of all jobs on offer are not advertised publicly, according to research from job-matching site TheLadders.

This is because recruiters and head-hunters are often inclined to cut corners by rifling through their existing records for available talent, rather than posting an advert and wading through reams of applications, the report implied.

Recruiters try to find a conjunction between two characteristics, it said: 'relevance' - having the appropriate professional background, experience and qualifications; and 'intent' - readiness for hire.

Indentifying these characteristics, it said, was time-consuming when evaluating a heap of new applications, but relatively straightforward when using a known database of names on file.

Graduates will be relieved to know that most 'hidden' jobs, were concentrated at the 'vice-president level and above', according to the study.

The research wasn't able to say if the recruiters were successful in getting the best person for job, given their exclusion of a large pool of talent.

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