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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:tips.jpg

  1. Local American Job Center
  2. Employers of interest, even if no jobs are advertised
  3. Companies running numerous help-wanted ads (they’re hiring)
  4. Family, friends, and neighbors
  5. Alumni association and career services at their school or college
  6. Professional groups and events
  7. Colleagues and former co-workers 
  8. Past classmates and teachers 
  9. Hobbies, clubs, and sports
  10. People at their place of worship 
  11. People they know through their children and their spouse/significant other
  12. People with whom they do volunteer work and community service 
  13. People who provide services, such as their dentist, accountant, and insurance agent
  14. People they've helped in the past 
  15. Recruiters and employment agencies 
  16. Job fairs and hiring events
  17. News articles about growing companies
  18. Business journals and specialty publications and job sites for their field and related industries 
  19. LinkedIn and other social media
  20. 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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Are your job seekers limiting their prospects? For example, are they looking at just one job title? If so, they may be missing out on the best possibilities.
 
Consider sharing with your job hunters these 3 ways to expand a job search to get hired faster in a position that’s best for them:

 

  1. Expand your job title based on your skills. List all the titles that your desired job can be called. For example, a marketing manager may be called a brand manager, communications coordinator, or promotions specialist. Online job sites will bring up similar job titles in a search. Don’t ignore the job titles that look like a poor match at first glance; read the job ad and consider whether your background matches the role. Also important are transferable skills—those skills that easily transfer from one occupation to another, such as computer skills and interpersonal skills.
  2. Expand your target employer list. Although you may want to work for a certain employer, broaden your hunt to include all organizations that need your skills. 
  3. Expand your job search approach. Don’t let online job hunting be your sole search method. Direct human contact is still the best way to get hired. Also reach out to employers, even if you don’t see advertised job openings. 

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A job search has many enemies. You can probably name them quickly: job seekers not knowing what work they want, employers who don’t respond, and onerous online job applications.

But there are other formidable enemies of a successful job search. These foes include the following:

  • Procrastination
  • Lack of confidence
  • Disorganization
  • Not knowing where to start

If your job seekers are not aware of their job search weaknesses or have difficulty dealing with them, their job hunt will spin its wheels. In a nutshell, job search enemy number 1 is themselves.

You can, however, help your job hunters with questions like this:

  • Do you work on your job search every day?
  • Do you apply for any job (even if it doesn’t fit your background and skills)?
  • How do you maintain a positive attitude?
  • How do you stay organized?
  • Do you spend time networking, calling employers, and seeking help and support?

Job seekers' answers to these questions will reveal whether they are sabotaging their job search.

What can you do? Suggest job hunters take one small step to overcome their job search barriers. For example, why not attend a job search workshop or job club?  Perhaps they can take a career assessment to learn their true calling. Or maybe they can make one phone call to an employer of interest.

Want to give job seekers more help facing job search enemy number 1? Consider using Your Employment Search (YES), a quick, self-guiding job hunt tool. If you are a workforce or career services professional, please request your complimentary YES review sample.