to find job openings
What is the best way
to find out about a job opening? Is it through newspaper ads, contacts, the Internet,
a job fair or a headhunter?
The best way to find job openings
is through networking contacts. Most experts agree that networking is the most
effective method of finding a job.
If you didn't bother
networking while you were still on the job, you need to begin once you're unemployed.
Start by making a list of everyone you know. Include neighbors, people who work
in your profession, and those you know from social and civic organizations. Then
People are most comfortable when you say right up
front, "I don't expect you to have a job for me."
information about what's available in the job market, advice on how to proceed
with your job hunt or improve your resume, and referrals to others who might be
able to help.
Diversify your search
most things in life, however, I would not suggest putting all your eggs in one
Here are some other things you can do to shorten
the time you spend looking for a job:
the advertisements that make you think, "They must know me" -- the ones where
your qualifications match their requirements.
the Internet as a posting and research tool. For details on how to make your resume
cyber-friendly, read "Resumes
in the cyber age."
- Attend job fairs when
specific companies you have targeted or researched are interviewing. This will
expand your network even if you don't land a job. To get an idea about how fairs
work, read "Win
big at a job fair."
- Contact headhunters,
especially those who have called you in the past or have been referred to you
by other professionals in your field.
It is the amount of time you spend on each activity that is important.
Expect to spend 15 to 20 hours a week looking for work. Job hunting, after all,
is a job. But answering ads for 20 hours, probably won't get you where you want
to go. It will also be very time consuming and expensive.
the majority of your time networking. It is generally accepted that networking
is the most effective technique for finding work.
people who know you are qualified and available, the better the chance that the
information will get to the right person at the right time. To learn about the
fine art of networking, read "Network
AMY ROGAT holds a master's degree in counseling,
with a specialization in career development. She is a licensed career counselor
who was co-owner of a career management firm for 15 years. Rogat has taught college
students about career exploration and provided individual coaching to people changing