This might come as a bit of a shocker, but we don’t always post our job openings for our company.
“I thought you were in HR for years, Scott. How could you?”
I was. I worked in many different companies and sectors. Government, Manufacturing, Fortune 500. I’ve been on all sides of the table too.
When a hiring manager has a need, they usually are doing their best to make sure they’ve got someone in mind already.
I saw with my own eyes each of those organizations also hired without posting publicly and hired outside of their “normal policies and procedures.”
Does this make them bad companies? No, I don’t think so. In fact, I think in some cases it might even make them more responsible!
But, all the situations that were “exceptions to the rule” (i.e. not posted) were either better jobs, higher paying than normal, or jobs created specifically with a person in mind.