6 Job Search Strategies in a Difficult Job Market

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You’ve posted your resume online and are submitting resumes for all the job openings that seem to fit you.

Is there anything else you can do to find a job? Absolutely! In fact, the more diverse your job-hunting strategy, the more effective it is likely to be.

Here are six tactics you can use to track down job opportunities:

Network, Network, Network

Generally the most well-known and effective job-hunting approach, networking is simply talking to people to either track down helpful personal contacts or learn about job openings that may not necessarily be widely advertised or advertised at all. Start by talking to your own family, friends and acquaintances. Let everyone in your life know you’re looking for a job, and give them an idea of what type of job you are pursuing.

Use a Placement Agency or Recruiter

There are companies out there that specialize in helping people find specific jobs. Some of them even focus on working with college students or those that are looking to get back into a particular industry. Maybe one of them can help you.

Consider Temping

Often, by working briefly as a temp or contractor for a company, you can position yourself to be hired for a full-time, permanent position that opens up later on. Even if that doesn’t happen, however, temping can help you see various companies from the inside, meet people in your field of interest, network, and earn some pretty good money.

Contact Professional Organizations in Your Field

National, regional and local professional organizations exist in great part to help their members with career development. Many organizations include field-specific job listings on their Web sites or in their printed material.

Join Professional Associations

If there’s a professional organization in your field, join it and start participating in its meetings and other events so you can get to know people in your area of interest. Work with a career counselor at your school to both tap his contacts and learn of alumni from your school who might be willing to lend you a hand in your search. Finally, don’t forget to use your professors’ connections as well.

Excellent References

It’s true that most employers do not do a complete background check. However, most employers will at least need three references that you provide. If an employer has interviewed two equally good individuals for a particular position, the next obvious step for them to be taken is to contact at least three references.

You should think strategically about the references that you wish to mention. You want to list people who will make strong recommendations for you. Putting down names of supervisors is not always mandatory, especially if they are not aware of your accomplishments or if there is a fear that they may not speak strongly for you. The focus should be on people, either former co-workers, or supervisors, who know what you have done recently and what you are capable of. You can always update your references at Techstaffer.com

The more diverse your job-hunting methods are, the more opportunities you’ll uncover and the greater the chance that you’ll find, and get, the job you really want. Update Resume

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