There are generally four ways to find the job you want:
Most people start looking for a job by looking for advertised positions in newspapers or on the Internet. It must be said that this method is not always effective. While there are often many jobs advertised, only a few of them are relevant to your qualifications and, more importantly, meet your expectations. Moreover, many positions, particularly managerial positions, are not advertised publicly for reasons of confidentiality.
Most job advertisements can be found in the following media:
Today Internet advertising is the most common and widely used method of advertising job openings. Looking for vacant positions via the Internet, moreover, is very simple: Specialized servers let you choose the industry, specialization, education, experience, region as well as other criteria and let you apply for the position directly.
Advertising in newspapers used to be very common. Lately, however, its popularity has decreased, mainly because of the Internet. What kind of newspapers companies advertise in depends on several factors, including audience and the company’s focus.
Many companies operating in a given region or a town often advertise in regional dailies or local evening newspapers. If you are looking for a job in a particular region remember that the large national newspapers are publishing regional editions too. Some dailies and evening newspapers regularly publish advertisements for jobs, while others concentrate on job offers according to a particular schedule. Job opportunities, especially those for executive or managerial positions are also advertised by some weekly magazines or industry magazines. However, when searching for a managerial and executive position, it is still more effective to use specialized personnel agencies.
Even though you have not thought about it so far, people around you might know about vacant positions or about positions that may soon become vacant. Make a list of all your contacts and consider who might be in a position to help you.
Do not limit yourself only to people who could offer you a new job. Such a list would be very short. Many people react negatively when asked for a job directly. However, when asked for help or advice, most people react positively and warmly. Everybody is happy to be able to help, whereas nobody likes to be asked the impossible and be forced to refuse.
Be careful when formulating your requests. Do your acquaintances know somebody who could help you or give you advice? Do they know somebody that may be of influence in terms of your career? Do not forget to ask for permission to use these people as a reference when starting your enquiry. If you do use somebody’s contact, do not forget to send a note thanks for the help.
Monitoring job opportunities available through personnel agencies is one very effective method in searching for a job. While there are many institutions that can help you in your search, each of them has its own characteristics and can help you in a different way:
Prepare a list of organizations to contact.
Another important part of your job search is direct communication with potential employers. If you find a company you feel you could contribute your abilities, skills and experience to, do not hesitate to contact them. Otherwise,
they’ll never find out about you! Even if they don’t have any positions available, they could contact you in future.
This strategy is important for a variety of reasons. Even though no individual contact may be able to give you a job, they may be able to make valuable recommendations in your job search. Moreover, every contact you make will give you a better understanding of the situation on the job market.
To approach a potential employer directly, we recommend: