Nearly 80% of the job openings available are never advertised. So how do people find jobs? There are several ways, and below we will explore some of your options.
Networking: This is the best way to find a job. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job, ask them if they know of any opening — or if they know anyone else who may know of an opening.
Advertised Jobs: Newspaper, job boards, trade journals, television.
Internet: Don’t limit yourself to the major websites, make sure you also visit the local job sites. Research employers and click on the employment section of their websites.
Career Service Centers: This is a free government service, and every county has one. They provide assistance in finding jobs as well as providing everything you need to search and apply for a job free of charge (internet access, word processors, copiers, faxes, and phones).
Employment Agencies: They are in the business of matching workers with jobs. Some agencies charge the employer a fee for their services, other agencies charge you (the job seeker). Be careful not to sign a contract with a private employment agency until you are sure you understand who is paying the fee, and what you are responsible for.
Unsolicited Resumes: Sending your cover letter and resume to specific hiring managers. This method works best if you have thoroughly researched the employer and follow up your letter with a phone call. “Blasting” your resume to every employer in the area is expensive, time consuming, and is usually unproductive.
Posting Your Resume Online: It never hurts, and is one more way to get your name out there. Just remember, you have no control over who does or does not view your resume, and you have to wait to be called. When posting your resume online, always use “cyber-safety.” You are providing a lot of personal information when you post a resume on the web, so know how to protect your privacy.
Job Fairs: Excellent places to learn about careers and make initial contacts. You have the opportunity to speak with many employers at one time. Prepare for a Job Fair just as you would for an interview. Dress appropriately, have enough resumes to hand out to all the employers you want to meet, and take all the information with you that you would need to complete an application.
Volunteering: A way to gain valuable experience and skills. One of the easiest ways to network and establish important contacts.
Yellow Pages, Directories of Businesses, Chamber of Commerce, Business Directory: All provide useful information to identify employers and organizations where you can inquire about available positions or future possibilities.