How to Find Jobs Not Advertised on the Top Job Boards, Part 2

Last week, I offered a half-dozen alternatives to finding positions on the online job boards. To review those ideas, click here. For more tips on how to find unadvertised jobs, read on…

business visionJob Fairs. Also known as a career expo, this is an event where employers and recruiters can meet job seekers. Be sure to bring copies of your résumé, and jot down notes on the business cards you collect so you can follow up. Set up a Google Alert so you won’t miss the next job fair scheduled in your region.

Internships & Volunteer Opportunities. Don’t think internships are just for recent graduates. If you are able to get an internship or volunteer to work for free (a radical concept, I know!) at your dream company, you’ll have your foot in the door when that paid position opens up. Even if your volunteer activities don’t lead to a position, you may meet some people who can help you further your career.

Take a Temp Job. If you just can’t work for free, join a temporary employment agency, such as The Select Family of Staffing Companies. You’ll be able to make some bill-paying money with assignments that last from a few days to a few months, in addition to keeping your skills from getting rusty. You may even be offered a permanent position. In this US News article, “10 Reasons to Take a Temporary Job,” point #1 notes that temporary work isn’t so temporary.

Word of Mouth. If you’ve been searching for a job for any length of time, you’re probably sick of the term “networking.”  Don’t let discouragement keep you from chamber of commerce mixers, service club meetings, and even ponying up the greens fees for a round of golf. For tips on networking, read my post Networking Know-How.

Hit the Bricks. Whether you want to find a job in a downtown boutique or in the financial district of your city, dress for the part, pop some freshly printed résumés in your satchel, and go hunting on foot.  While higher-level jobs don’t often advertise with a “Help Wanted” sign in the window, chatting up the receptionist in an office suite building may lead to some inside information. If you ask to speak to a company’s hiring manager, you may be able to get 10 minutes of his or her time, even without an appointment.

You never know. Your next job may be hiding in plain sight.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beverly
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 17:03:20

    I really need a job so I can take care of my child



  2. Accountess
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:22:47

    100% true it is up to the job seeker to be proactive and just get a little creative. I have one suggestion which may or may not be helpful? Some cities have employment agencies called “One Stop” centers, they provide computers, fax machines and telephones to use for the purpose of job hunting and some also offer an online tool called “Res Care Academy” which offers ongoing online training, but I believe that the One Stop center has to provide the access, so it is recommended to look into this option. I joined my local One Stop center, attended the orientation and signed up for Res Care Academy. So yes get creative find ways to improve your skills and stay current.

    Here’s the link to Res Care Academy

    Remember tho it is made available through your local “One Stop Work Center” hope this helps and best of luck!



  3. Nakea Hodge
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 09:49:17

    Hi Anita, I need some work were they will provide training and that are offender friendly jobs?



    • anitaclew
      Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:06:07

      Nakea, Employers often have hundreds of responses for every job they post. While you’ll get basic training for any new position, the days of employers offering extensive training on the basic skills are long gone. When hired, you need to be able to hit the ground running. While you are searching for a job, be pro-active about learning new skills; take classes at your local community college or online. To address the second part of your question, check out my blog, for job search tips for offenders.



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