Let’s start with looking at all the ways you find a job.
1. Mailing out resumes
2. Answering local “want ads”
3. Going to the State and Federal unemployment service
4. Going to private employment agencies
5. Using the Internet (Monster.com, Career Builder, Indeed.com, Etc.)
6. Asking friends, family or people in the community
7. Asking a professor or former teacher
8. Knocking on doors
9. Yellow Pages
10. Joining a “job club” or professional associations in the career you are interested in
11. Taking a Civil Service Exam
12. Looking at professional journals or web sites
13. Going to work for a temp agency
In order to be the most successful in your job search, you should use 4 of the above methods. Research has found that if you use more than 4, your likelihood of success begins to decrease, and continues to decrease with each additional method that you add to your job search.
The Five Worse Ways to Look for a Job
1. Using the Internet
2. Mailing out resumes to employers at random
3. Answering ads in professional or trade journals
4. Answering newspaper ads
5. Going to private employment agencies
The Five Best Ways to Find a Job
1. Asking for job-leads from people you know
2. Knocking on the door of any employer, factory, or office that interests you, whether they are known to have a vacancy or not
3. By yourself using the phone book’s yellow pages to identify fields of interest to you in the place you live and want to work, and then calling up the employers listed in that field, to ask if they are hiring
4. With a group using the phone book’s yellow pages to identify fields of interest to you in the place you live and want to work, and then calling up the employers listed in that field, to ask if they are hiring
5. Doing a life changing job hunt
What is a life changing job hunt?
1. What? Assess your transferable skills (skills you already have and enjoy using)
2. Where? Determine your best job environment
3. How? Find out the names of the companies you want to work for and determine the jobs they offer that best fit your transferrable skills. Find out who you should talk to so you can show what you have to offer.
Finally, if you have found yourself answering ads in the newspapers or job-postings on the Internet and so far you haven’t found a job, DON’T JUST DO MORE OF THE SAME!!!!!!! CHANGE YOUR TACTICS. TRY A NEW STRATEGY.
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