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Please think about this: Employers are more likely to hire someone who has worked with their friend or business colleague.
This is why it’s so important to use your network to your advantage and always keep friendly bridges open between yourself and former co-workers. Recruiting and temp agencies are also used to fill full time and temporary vacancies, which are not always advertised on the internet, and could lead to a full time position.
5 top ways
# 5: Ask your network for job leads
This results in a 33% success rate. Ask anyone and everyone you know if they know if any job leads. This includes your friends, family, teacher, work colleagues – anyone. The more you put it out there that you’re looking for work, the greater the chances are that you will find something.
# 4: Visit any company that interests you, regardless of whether they have an opening or not.
47% success rate. Visit smaller companies of under 100 employees. If you get lucky you could stumble upon a vacancy that was just created. If they have any future openings for your skill set, they’re more likely to remember you when something comes up. Don’t be shy when you walk through the door, let them know who you are. If they can’t help you out, ask for any leads they may have. If they really you they might even ask you to volunteer or help you with your networking.
# 3: Index the yellow pages for companies and fields that interest you in the city you would like to work in.
69% success rate. This could help you tap in the “hidden job market” by calling or visiting companies you’ve identified as wanting to work with.
# 2: Join a JOB club.
70% success rate. Do some research and look for a job club in your area. You could implement the previously mentioned strategies but you’ll have more help in numbers.
# 1: Do homework on yourself!
Make a list of all of your transferable skills, and the fields which you could flourish in. List any job titles that could suit you, organizations in your area that are hiring, the person in charge of hiring, and the approach you will take to show them how great of an asset you will be to their organization. The more you can define exactly what skills you have, and what you could offer, the easier it will be to fins placements for yourself.
Many great resources online:
Linkedin.com is great for networking, posting your resume online, and finding jobs not listed on other sites. http://www.linkedin.com/
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has an amazing Occupational outlook Handbook to help you research the careers your interested in, what geographic location have the most opportunities, and future job growth. http://www.bls.gov/oco/
Indeed.com allows you literally type in any kind of job title and will scour the internet for results.
Get gutsy and start your own business. The U.S. Small Business Administration has lots of information on grants and loans. www.sba.gov/
Now that you’ve got the information, go hit the pavement and make your dreams come true!
Credit:Vanessa Garcia has written for Modern Latina since 2008, in addition to Live en Vivo, and 831 Magazine. Many of her articles reflect her interests in art, music, culture, travel, and the environment. Vanessa received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Anthropology, and is currently finishing her Master’s as San Jose State University in Mass Communications.