Saturday, February 21, 2015

50 Other Ways to Find Job Openings

50 Other Ways to Find a Job [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Don't rely just on online job ads!
Here are 50 other ways to find job openings.

How do you find job openings? If you are searching job sites only—such as CareerBuilder, Indeed, and Monster—you are leaving many possibilities for jobs on the table. Online job applications are often a black hole. Although people do get hired by applying for jobs online, consider using additional options for the best job search success.

The key is to let everyone you know about your job hunt. Yes, that's networking. And it doesn't have to be scary. Just ask people you know questions about what they do, where they work, and if they know people and places that may be hiring people like you. Also ask whether they can refer you to someone in organizations that are hiring. Not only may you hear of available jobs, you may also learn of jobs not yet publicized. In addition, be sure to read as much as you can. You may learn of opportunities with growing companies and organizations. And although it is challenging, contacting employers directly—especially small employers--can be an effective way to get job interviews.

So here is my list of 50 other people, places, and things—in addition to online job sites—to contact, consult, talk with, reach out to, network with, refer to, and study when job hunting. Don’t overlook any possibility. Make note of the options below that are part of your life and make sense for you:
  1. Potential employers of interest 
  2. Family 
  3. Friends 
  4. Neighbors 
  5. People in your community 
  6. Alumni groups 
  7. Career services at your school or college 
  8. Social groups 
  9. Clubs 
  10. Hobbies 
  11. Sports teams and involvements 
  12. Associations 
  13. Professional groups 
  14. Conferences and conventions 
  15. Seminars and workshops 
  16. Colleagues 
  17. Past employers 
  18. Classmates 
  19. Teachers 
  20. Former co-workers 
  21. Customers and clients 
  22. People at your place of worship 
  23. People you know through your children, such as teachers, coaches, scouts, day-care providers, and other parents 
  24. People you know through your spouse or significant other, such as their co-workers 
  25. People with whom you do volunteer work and community service 
  26. People you meet in daily life, such as while traveling, at a coffee house, at the dog park 
  27. People who provide services to you, such as your dentist, barista, handyman, accountant, mechanic, veterinarian, insurance agent, and hair stylist 
  28. People you meet at social events, including parties, picnics, weddings, and sporting events 
  29. People you’ve helped in the past 
  30. Recruiters 
  31. Employment agencies 
  32. Job fairs 
  33. Hiring events 
  34. American Job Center (see www.careeronestop.org
  35. Business journals and newsletters 
  36. Business websites and blogs 
  37. Specialty publications for your field and related industries 
  38. Specialty job sites for your field and related industries 
  39. Companies and organizations running numerous help-wanted ads 
  40. Newspapers 
  41. LinkedIn 
  42. Facebook 
  43. Twitter 
  44. Google+ 
  45. Instagram (and all other social media) 
  46. Informational interviews 
  47. Freelancing 
  48. Internships 
  49. Part-time jobs 
  50. Consulting work 
Caveat: As always, use good judgment when meeting and talking to people you don’t know and avoid "opportunities" that seem too good to be true; involve spending money for the opportunity; seem like they are scams; are coming from foreign countries; contain numerous misspellings; ask for a bank account number, credit card number, password, social security number, or other sensitive information; ask you to cash checks or send money somewhere; or will put you in a dicey or dangerous situation. Always meet people you don’t know in a business or public setting during the day. Trust your gut! And don't forget to follow up and thank people who help you in your job hunt.

Remember, anywhere there are people, there are jobs. In what other ways have you found jobs? Please share!

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