Job searching can be hard work. And if you don’t know where to look, you could find the process much more frustrating than it needs to be. Sometimes being a little unconventional in your job search can pay off.
Here are some unlikely people in places you might not expect who can assist with a job search:
A professional association. When embarking upon a job search, many job seekers may not think about members of a professional association as being helpful, but professional associations are filled with people in your field who work in different organizations. Such individuals are in the best position to hear about openings in their companies, and if you have a good relationship with them, they will refer you to openings that you might not otherwise hear about.
Hairdresser or barber. A hairdresser or barber may seem to be an unlikely networking contact, but these are the people who come in contact with individuals from different walks of life every day. And they usually have good relationships with their clientele and know what they do for a living. So if you are looking for a job, let your hairdresser or barber know what you are looking for and ask that person to keep and eye and ear out for you.
Neighbors. Your neighbors might not immediately come to mind when you are thinking of your job search, but it is likely that your neighbors share your same socioeconomic status and are thus likely to hear of jobs in your field. The neighborhood barbecue can be more than just a place to socialize and to get to know your neighbors. It can also be a venue for networking to find your next job.
Homeowners association. This is a natural next step after you have started networking with your neighbors. By becoming involved in the homeowners association, you can demonstrate your administrative and leadership skills. This then gives you the perfect platform to do networking since you can convince the other homeowners that you are a sharp person, and that gives you credibility when you ask them if they know of openings in your field.
House of worship. If you belong to a house of worship, you will find that there are often community-based activities that occur outside of the worship service that you can become involved in. Whether it is feeding the homeless or mentoring youth, becoming involved in these activities can give you a natural way to connect with people who may be able to help you with your job search.
Your own company. This may seem to be a strange place to find a new job. However, some people do not adequately research the opportunities that may be available within other departments within their own organizations before they decide that they need to jump ship. By joining interdepartmental committees and even engaging in cross training in other areas, you may find that your next job is waiting for you in the company where you already work.
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