Best Ways to Find Local JobsBy Ernest Hamilton, UniversityHerald Reporter
Finding a new job can feel like quite a challenge, but it's a necessary challenge that must be overcome by countless people, every single year. Sticking with the same job for several decades might have been the norm in the past, but in this day and age, it's much more common for people to move from job to job over the course of their lives, progressing in their careers and finding better opportunities to suit their evolving needs and skills.
No matter whether you're looking for your first job, right out of college, or seeking a new opportunity to help take your career to the next level, it's important to have the right approach. In many cases, you'll probably want to stay local, especially if you already have roots in the area like your own home, a family, friends, and so on, so here are some useful tips to keep in mind when it comes to finding local jobs.
Word of Mouth
One of the simplest methods for finding a new job is also one of the oldest: word of mouth. While most job openings are posted on websites, social media networks, and online job-finding sites, there are many other positions that don't actually get advertised right away.
This gives business owners time to potentially fill the position more conveniently with someone they know or a referral from an employee or friend. This is why it can be so important to talk to those you know, attend get-togethers, go to school reunions, engage with the process of networking, and so on to find out about job opportunities you might otherwise miss out on.
Local Job Boards
In the past, job boards were physical boards on which job vacancies were listed for all the locals to take a look at. In today's technological world, these boards have moved into the digital realm, but they still fulfill the same basic function, allowing you to find nearby jobs in a range of professions.
Let's say you have trucking experience, for example, and are looking to find trucking companies hiring in your state. You can consult various virtual job boards online and break down the listed jobs by category and type of work to find exactly what you're looking for. The process is really simple and there are lots of sites out there that can help out.
Job Fairs and Events
Depending on where you live, it may be possible to attend a job fair or event nearby. These kinds of events are especially common in big cities, but can sometimes take place in smaller urban environments too, and they can be a great place to find a new position and speak with companies you might not have been aware of before.
Even if you don't necessarily find a new job at a job fair, you can still use the occasion to do some valuable networking, connecting with companies, exchanging business cards, speaking with recruiters, and sharing your skills, experiences, and plans for the future to set yourself apart from other candidates. Some companies can even run on-the-spot interviews at job fairs and hire workers who impress them almost right away.
Take Matters into Your Own Hands
One of the best ways to try and find a job near you is to take charge of the situation personally and make the effort to get out there and get in touch with companies you'd like to work for. Don't simply sit around, checking the same old websites and hoping for an opportunity to magically find its way into your inbox.
Instead, consider cold calling some businesses you have an interest in and politely ask if they have any upcoming vacancies, or if they wouldn't mind taking a look at your resume. You can also print off some copies of your resume and visit local businesses in person to drop them off, as this shows that you're a motivated job-seeker who is willing to do a lot more than most other 21st century candidates.
Finding a new job may not be easy, and the process often demands a lot of time, effort, and patience, but it's worth it all in the end when you finally sign on the dotted line of your new contract and take up your new position. During the job-seeking process, there may be times when you feel disheartened, perhaps due to rejection or other issues, but keep at it and diversify your approach with the methods listed above to have the best chances of success.