Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Job Seekers: How do you find job leads?

You’re unemployed and looking for a job. You have tried looking through the want ads but are not having any luck, so what do you do? Quit, and give up? No, that will not pay the bills. You have to take full control of your job search and show some strong initiative if you want to land a job. It is not going to be easy, so do what you have to, to get the job done.

Here are three ways of job searching that you should make sure you do if you have found yourself unemployed.

Classified ads, job postings at businesses, and professional job finders: These are the most common and easiest forms of searching for a job. However, beware this form of job prospecting comes with some negatives.
o The negatives:
These jobs may be less desirable
Large numbers of people will see this ad and apply for it
Employers sometimes consider ad responses as a minimum effort to job searching.

Networking: This is a great way to look for a job. This form of search allows you to contact people that know who you are and what you are about. Remember, people in your network know other people in their network that may have jobs available that are what you are looking for. People are more likely to hire someone who comes with references from someone already in the business because of they are putting in a good recommendation out there for you.

Cold Calls: This means that you are calling businesses out- of the- blue to see if they are hiring as well as to get your name out in the job market jungle to let employers know that you are looking for a job and what your experience is. But beware, this is a tough process because it takes a lot of work and confidence. However, career counselors say that there is a 30 to 45 percent success rate.

How do you look for a job? Do you use another method in your search? Leave comments that you think would benefit other job seekers.

Carly Sabato

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