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5 Different Ways To Find A Job

Updated on July 27, 2011

It's a tough economy in which to find a job, and there are millions of Americans looking for work as well. A situation such as this requires tenacity, perseverance, and a bit of creativity. To help you out, here are five ways to find a job, some of which you may not have yet considered.

ONE - Look on Craigslist. Not everyone thinks of looking on Craigslist for work, but—depending upon where you live—you can find literally hundreds of jobs that haven't shown up in traditional places like newspapers and job boards.

TWO - Call friends, family, and other people you know. Most people are ashamed when they lose their job and try to keep the number of people who know to a minimum. But there's no shame in looking for work or needing a job, especially in this economy; many people might have some kind of lead for you in finding new employment!

Where Can I Search Locally?

THREE - Local Chamber events. Whether you live near a large city or in the suburbs, there is probably some kind of Chamber of Commerce near you. All of them have both educational and networking events, and most of them will allow you a couple of visits without actually being a member. Eventually, you might have to pay a little something, but it's worth it if you know how to network yourself and take advantage of the connections you can make with local business leaders and decision-makers.

What are the Best Resources for Employment?

FOUR - Industry organizational events. Almost every industry has a group that offers educational or networking events for its members, and those also will usually allow non-members a couple of visits to get a feel for the group. Belonging to an industry group allows you to learn something, while also having the opportunity to network with others in your field.

FIVE - Online job and networking sites. Almost everyone knows about, but there are many sites other than Monster that offer extensive job listings. Sites like Resume Rabbit, Resume Edge and Career Builder are among those sites. Also, social networking sites like LinkedIn are a must for anyone looking for a new career, as is Twitter; many people have found employment on Twitter by networking with others and getting word out about their skills and their availability.



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