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Where to Find Jobs

Updated on March 12, 2012


Let’s face it. Many of us are in the position of job-hunting. It’s a daunting task, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips to help with your search:

1. Identify entities that you might want to work for. Check the websites and look for the links that say “jobs”, “careers”, “employment”, etc. Many organizations have such links on their sites. Some examples that might get you started are:

- Retailers (Best Buy, Apple, Lowe’s, CVS etc..) (Remember that retailers need more than sales staff -- all of them have administrative offices, too!)

- Banks

- Grocery Chains

- Government Sites (e.g. County or Town websites)

- Hotels

- School Systems

2. Visit or write to your ideal employers, to drop off a resume, or to obtain an application. Politely ask if they are hiring. If they aren’t, ask if you can leave an application/resume in case openings arise. Even if the employer is not hiring today, they may need someone tomorrow!! Note the name of the person in charge of hiring. If you don’t hear anything within a reasonable time, follow-up – to ensure that they received your resume/application, to re-express your interest, and to ask if there’s any further information that you can provide.

3. Scan craigslist job postings daily – www.craigslist.org . Be aware that there are many scam-people advertising on craigslist, so be careful about providing too much personal information until you’ve confirmed the legitimacy of the poster.

4. Depending on your job interest, you might also find work under the “community” or “gigs” categories in craigslist.

5. Check your local paper’s classified ads (print and/or online).

6. Network. Ask your friends and associates if they are hiring, or if they know someone who is.

7. Sign up with a temporary staffing agency. This will provide interim income that will possibly also lead to a permanent job.

8. Check job posting websites such as www.monster.com or www.careerbuilder.com

Be confident in yourself and your skills -- communicate that you will be a great asset to the organization that is smart enough to hire you -- good luck!

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