Searching for a new job can be a daunting prospect for anyone. Securing the right position takes hard work, research, persistence and good instincts.  

Job search methods include:

Networking

Approximately 80% of jobs are obtained through networking.  Talk to everyone you know to develop a list of possible contacts; ask for information on job/companies and to circulate your resume.

Pro – You may learn of unadvertised openings which may result in a courtesy interview.  This method often results in a closer match of your interests to a job.
Con - It takes a lot of work but research shows it pays off.

Helpful Hints –

  1. Follow through on all leads.
  2. Keep broadening your network of contacts.
  3. Keep networking because it can be one of the best ways to find a job!

Targeted mailing

Create a list of well-researched organizations that relate to your field of interest.  Develop a cover letter and resume tailored to a specific type of job in selected organizations. Send letter and resume to contacts and follow up in a timely manner.

Pro – This is a better approach than the mass-mailing method.  Your investment of time and effort should merit stronger response from employers.
Con – This method requires a significant invest­ment of your time in researching organizations and writing cover letters as well as following up with contacts.

Helpful Hint –

  1. Try to find out who is in charge of the area in which you want to work; send your materials to that person.  This is a great method when used in conjunction with networking.

Internet

Search online job banks and company websites. Submit electronic resume online/post on job boards.  

Pro – Many employers use a wide variety of job listing services.  Many listings have free to low-cost access.  You are able to search jobs worldwide.
Con - You may not be applying for actual job openings. Competition is growing as use of the Internet increases.  It may be difficult to distinguish yourself.  

Helpful Hints –

  1. Be aware that information and sites change quickly.
  2. Seek websites that are specialized to your industry or type of work.

Want ads

Scan want ads in newspapers, journals, newsletters, trade magazines and online.  Mail resume with cover letter tailored to specific job qualifications.

Pro - This method involves minimal investment of time in identifying organizations.  Resume and cover letter are sent for actual job opening.
Con - Resume and cover letter will compete with large number of others. Least effective in times of economic down­turn.

Helpful Hints –

  1. Use as a meter on the job market in a certain career field.
  2. Try to get your materials in as early as possible.

Career fairs

Attend career fairs to network with recruiters, pass out copies of your resume and gain information about companies/organizations. 

Pro – This method requires a small amount of time to develop network of contacts.  You potentially have access to more than one employer of interest. Meet company representatives face-to-face. Could be pre-selected for interviews. 
Con - Attendee traffic can be heavy.

Helpful Hints –

  1. Follow up on leads and net­working opportunities.
  2. Obtain a list of companies in advance to create a plan of action.
  3. Arrive early to maximize time.

Staffing/Temp Agencies

Staffing/temp  agencies offer three types of employment in a variety of fields: contract, contract to hire and direct hire. Lengths of assignments vary. You contact an agency and they meet with you, review your resume, interview you and sometimes test your skills to match you with their openings.

Pro – This method is completely free to job seekers; fees are paid by the employers. You will know about openings not advertised to the public. You will get the chance to “test the waters” at various companies and in types of positions with no long term commitment. It gets your “foot in the door” and can lead to a permanent offer. The job hunting is done by the agency, saving you time.
Con – This method doesn’t necessarily mean an ideal job at an ideal organization. The work is not permanent so you may find that you go periods without work. You may have to start at menial tasks. You will need to adjust to a new work environment every time an assignment changes.

Helpful Hints –

  1. Find an agency that specializes in the area or field of employment in which you are interested.
  2. Be flexible with location, hours and duties, and sign-up with more than one agency.
  3. Be selective when accepting assignments, but be aware that if you turn-down too many offers they are likely to stop calling you.