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How to Uncover Job Leads

All around you, there are jobs waiting to be filled. But we do not seem to be able to find the right jobs for ourselves.

So, what in the world do you do to find all those jobs?

Here are five places to look …

1) Want ads.

While this is a popular job search technique, don’t rely solely upon the Sunday classifieds to find work.  Or for that matter the Ascent or Career Horizons. Statistics show that a mere five percent of all job openings are filled this way. To avoid wasting your time, respond only to those ads you closely fit.

2) Ads in professional journals.

Check your local library for journals related to your industry or profession. While there are fewer employment ads in such magazines than in a typical newspaper, they are more specialized, allowing you to focus your search.

3) Trade associations.

Professional or trade associations can be a valuable source of job leads. Conventions, both national and local, are excellent places to build a network of people who may know of openings. Check your local yellow pages, or go to the library and consult the Encyclopedia of Associations for more information.

4) Other job hunters.

There’s always safety in numbers. Sometimes there’s a job there, too. Many websites have job clubs or support groups where people can meet, network and share tips with others seeking work. You’ll find out about who’s hiring locally and who isn’t. You may even get a referral from someone, which may lead to another referral … or a job interview.

5) Networking.

Note, that’s netWORKING, not netWAITINGFORTHEPHONETORING.

This is the most effective (and poorly used) job search technique around. That’s why I saved it for last!

Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job. Call every friend, relative and acquaintance in your address book. Perhaps one of them may be able to put you in touch with a decision maker in your line of work.

Even former employers can help. If you parted on good terms with your last boss, he or she might be able to refer you to other supervisors who can help.

Your goal is to get on the phone with someone who can hire you, schedule an interview, then meet to discuss their needs. An information interview such as this may lead to a job, if one is available. If your talents are impressive enough, a position may be created for you. Or, you may be referred to someone at another company.

In any case, expanding your network circulates your name among people who can hire you, greatly increasing the odds that somebody will.

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