While the job market is better than it was during the 2008 recession, Americans are still having a hard time finding jobs. Job seekers are already aware of this fact. A solid resume and strong interviewing skills are important of course, but if you don’t know where to look for a job, these things don’t really matter. Availability of jobs may depend on what city you live in and what industry you work in, but knowing where to look is one of the most important aspects of job hunting.
There are two ways to find job opportunities: online and in-person. The latter used to be the preferred method of job searching, but online job searching has quickly begun to take it’s place. Many companies won’t even allow you to apply in person, though some still prefer a person to person interaction. In both cases, you need to know where to look. Here are the best places for each:
Websites like Monster, Indeed, and Glassdoor were the original job searching website. You can search for jobs and post your resume so that employers can find you.
You can find almost anything on Craigslist - including a job. Most were initially suspicious of Craigslist’s job listing, but it has since become a viable source of employment.
Many companies now post their open positions on the ‘Careers’ page of their website. It usually includes a description of the job, what kind of candidate they are looking for, and how to apply.
Known as the social media network for professionals, one of the best features of LinkedIn is it's job board. You can easily search for jobs in your industry as well as create an impressive profile for prospective employers to see.
Some companies will allow you to come by and drop off your resume. Service jobs are typically more walk in friendly. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to speak to the hiring manager directly, which will boost your chances of getting an interview.
Companies are typically more willing to take call-ins than walk-ins, but you have to know who to speak to and how to get through to them. In these cases, it is often smarter to speak with HR rather than a manager in corporate companies. In the service industry, you still should try to get the manager on the phone.
Schools, employment agencies, and individual companies run job fairs to make it easier for prospective employers and job seekers to find each other. Many employers will conduct on the spot interviews, and some will even hire immediately.
Finding a job is part strategy and part luck. When you have an effective strategy, luck will eventually step in. A major part of that effective strategy is knowing where to look. Now that you know, you can get out in the field and start looking!
By Alecia Stanton of United Family Network
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