You have your resume. Now all you have to do is wait for the ideal job to appear in the local newspaper. Right? Wrong!
You and your resume must go on the hunt.
Newspaper ads are only one of the many sources for jobs. Many companies have moved their searches to the Internet. You’ll want to check out the websites of companies you’re interested in, job boards like monster.com and even Craig’s List. In addition, businesses are networking for employees at sites like LinkedIn.com, where one contact leads to another and another, and may eventually lead to a job. I know one individual who followed this advice and received a lead for a local U.S. job from a contact all the way in China. He was hired.
If you belong to a club, nonprofit organization or industry group—or if you’ve thought about joining—now is the time to become a more active member. Tell everyone you meet that you’re job hunting. Word of mouth can lead to an interview for a position that hasn’t even been advertised yet.
Business expos, seminars and events sponsored by the local Chamber offer another opportunity to meet people who may be hiring.
If you hear that a company is expanding, send them your resume. Even if they haven’t advertised for someone in your position, an expanding company may need your skills soon. When they do, you’ll be at the head of the queue.
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