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Classic job search tips will advise you to scan the newspaper for ads or go to your local hiring office to check if they have something they can offer you. When these strategies don’t work though, what do you do? You mustn’t be discouraged because here are some alternative job search tips:
- Reach out to your network – Everybody in your network knows another person who might have an opportunity for you. Letting your acquaintances, relatives, friends, and colleagues know of your availability for a job—be it specific or any kind of opening they may have would help in opening up opportunities for you. Make sure you give them your updated contact information so that they can get in touch with you.
- Cold calling – Although not something most people will do, you can go for cold calling or getting in touch with someone you know from a certain company you would like to work for and asking them about any vacancies. This is taking a chance, but showing your initiative will make that person remember you should there be a vacancy you may fill.
- Temping – Sometimes, applying for temp jobs can open your doors to other more stable opportunities. If you are currently not working and you do not have a specific plan of attack in mind yet as to how you can get a job, you can go for temp jobs and see which doors might open for you.
- Recruitment agencies – If you do not know how to go about finding jobs within your specified career, you can approach recruitment agencies that can do the job of finding a suitable career for you. While this may take time, you may get in touch with as much as 5 reputable agencies and see who will contact you first for a possible list of career options.
- Job fairs – A job fair is something you wouldn’t want to miss because it gives you the convenience of having access to companies who are actually looking for applicants. Before the event takes place, there is usually a list of the companies which will participate and you will benefit from checking out which ones you would like to work for.
- Career websites – Times have changed and today, a lot of career opportunities both online and offline can be seen if you know where to look. Career websites feature job openings in your locale or nearby areas and you can review as much openings as you want before getting in touch with who you potentially want to work with.
- Get in touch with alumni – Friends from the university or those who you know are from the same industry as yours can help you out. Make calls to old school friends and acquaintances and see what they may have in store for you.
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These job search tips may open unexpected doors that hold the key to your brighter future!