How do your job seekers find job openings? If they are searching the big online job sites only, they may be leaving many job possibilities on the table. It is important for job hunters to let people know they are job searching, to ask for job leads, and to look for opportunities beyond traditional job search channels.
Job seekers may find job leads and openings through the following:
- Local American Job Center
- Employers of interest, even if no jobs are advertised
- Companies running numerous help-wanted ads (they’re hiring)
- Family, friends, and neighbors
- Alumni association and career services at their school or college
- Professional groups and events
- Colleagues and former co-workers
- Past classmates and teachers
- Hobbies, clubs, and sports
- People at their place of worship
- People they know through their children and their spouse/significant other
- People with whom they do volunteer work and community service
- People who provide services, such as their dentist, accountant, and insurance agent
- People they've helped in the past
- Recruiters and employment agencies
- Job fairs and hiring events
- News articles about growing companies
- Business journals and specialty publications and job sites for their field and related industries
- LinkedIn and other social media
- Freelancing, part-time work, and consulting work
The more doors your job seekers knock on, the more likely it is they will find a job soon.
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