Have you ever thought about how job seekers found employment when there was no internet? These days, it is a little easier with the internet, but still a challenge due to the high unemployment rate. There are so many people seeing the same job that you are. Many businesses are listing their job openings online so there is much competition. Even if you were to put your resume online, there is no guarantee that it would be viewed by potential recruiters and companies. So what do you do?
Out and About
If you are unemployed, you should always be on the lookout for opportunities on and offline. If you are at a party, a retail store, church or doctor’s office, don’t be afraid to entertain a conversation with a stranger. You never know if someone can help you or not. Consider everyone as a possible job source. That means you should always have a copy of your resume with you or in your car at all times.
Don’t leave out job fairs. Companies will announce their job fairs on the television, if you don’t have access to the Internet. Go to the job fair with many copies of your resume. Get there early. Talk to the recruiters in order to get an understanding of the job requirements and to make an introduction.
The Old Fashioned Way
The traditional way of searching for a job is to let all the people you associate with know that you are in the job market and ask to be contacted if they hear about any job openings. Another conventional method is to apply door to door, even if the company doesn’t have a visible ‘help wanted’ sign displayed. Use temporary agencies because oftentimes a temporary or part-time job could turn into a permanent one. Your state’s employment department offers help with your job search, especially if you are receiving unemployment checks. Take advantage of this important resource.
The Old News Print
Before the internet, newspaper was the way that people searched for a job – in the classified section. There were and still are local city gazette papers that come in the mail or freely available in supermarkets with local job listings.
Networking is a powerful method of job hunting. Go to local networking events and get the word out about your availability. Visit local Chamber of Commerce meetings where business owners congregate. Work the crowd and be engaging.
If you have a target company of interest and you know someone working with the company, ask if there is someone that they could recommend you speak with. Ask your friend to be a reference for you. An employer will be more inclined to trust a referral from a trustworthy employee rather than go through the process of finding a random person. Call on people you know such as your past high school teachers and college professors.
Your neighborhood holds a lot of resources that you can tap into. For example, when helping your neighbours with groceries or mowing their lawn, you could ask if they have a friend who wanted to hire you. Search the neighbourhood for flyers or job boards in grocery stores, coffee shops or apartment buildings.
It is important to keep yourself open for available opportunities that may come up when you least expect so always be prepared with a pitch to sell yourself.