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How to Find a Job

There are many places to find a job. Knowing where to look could expose you to hundreds of jobs, jobs that you would not have thought to apply for if you were not searching for jobs at these locations. Finding a job does not have to be difficult, simply knowing where to look is half the effort.

Here are some places that you can begin your job search:

The Internet
Using the internet can be a great way to find jobs as there are hundreds of job search websites that can have thousands of job listings. There are many advantages to using the internet while searching for jobs. The internet not only has multiple listings but can allow the person searching for the job to apply for the job online and electronically submit the resume to the potential employer.

The internet can be used to search for a job by sampling entering “jobs in (your location)” into the search engine. This will often bring up a list of websites that are offering job classified listings with links to the company and all information required to apply for the job. You can also go to a job search site and search for jobs in your intended field and location.

Sites like Linkedin, Career Builder, Monster, and Indeed are just a few of the great online resources that can help you secure a job.

The Company
Going directly to the company in which you are seeking a job with can yield positive results. There are often listings on the company website and applications that can be filled out by the potential applicant. This information is often kept on file for up to twelve months in case there are any openings within the company.

Going directly to the company can give the potential applicant the chance to allow management to put a face to the name when it comes to the application.

The Newspaper
The newspaper is a valuable resource when it comes seeking jobs. There are new jobs added to the newspaper daily and these listings are often available on the internet. Using the internet allows the consumer to apply for the jobs, while the newspapers allow the consumer to use traditional job application methods such as fax machines and sending the resume to the company through mail or dropping the resume off to the company in person.

Job Agencies
If the potential applicant is unable to find a job, job search agencies are often used to give additional opportunities to the person that is seeking employment. There are many companies that choose to use these types of organizations to complete the entire screening and hiring process to ensure that the potential applicants are certified and right for the position.

After speaking with a job search agency or employment agency the person seeking employment can set up an initial interview with the company where further screening and testing may be completed. At this point, the applicant will be matched with jobs that match their profile and skills that have been demonstrated through education or the job.

In many cases, the person that is seeking the job can often find employment in as little as a few days after meeting with the initial employment agency. If you are looking to find a job as quick as possible, employment agencies may be the way to go.

Take advantage of your networks; friends, family, former co-workers, classmastes, neighbors and other connections are often good sources to find a job. Make it known to them that you are in search of employment and ask them if they know of any job openings that would be suitable for you at their place of employment. Many job postings are internal and not posted publicly. If they are able to put in a good word for you, then you are likely be given an interview.

Job Fairs
A job fair is one of the most effective ways to find a job since there'll be an array of companies at one place and time. Find out when the next job fair is by looking at local ads, inquiring at your local college, job search agency or Department of Labor. Positions at job fairs tend to be localized, so attend a job fair in the geography where you want to work.

Finding a job is not always easy, so be sure to use more than one of the job search methods above to ensure your best chance of success.

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