If you are a job seeker, you are probably doing what everyone else is doing—over-relying on job boards to land that next position. But do you know what the odds are of you finding a position using that method? According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, only 13% of jobs are filled this way. And job boards are where you will encounter the most competition because everyone else is using job boards just like you are.
If you want to land a job sooner, you have to be creative and diversify your job search methods. You can still use job boards; just don’t rely on them solely. Here are some places where you can find job leads that you might not have thought of:
- Your neighbors. Chances are good that you have neighbors who work for organizations that you would be interested in. If you have a good relationship with them, your neighbors will be willing to help you in your job search and not only notify you of openings that might not be publicly listed but recommend you as well. After all, many organizations give a referral bonus to employees who refer people who are subsequently hired.
- 2. Place of worship. Although I don’t recommend going to a place of worship for the sole purpose of finding a job, your fellow congregants may know of job openings that you don’t. Many churches have social events where members can get to know one another better. Attending such events can be a way of networking and finding new job leads.
- Professional associations. Professional associations can be a rich source of targeted job leads. After all, the members in those associations all work in the same profession for different organizations. And networking is expected at the monthly meetings. In addition, some associations set aside time for employers with openings to openly advertise that they are hiring. That makes going to the monthly meetings even more valuable.
- Hairdresser/barber. This is one of the most unlikely sources of job leads. Most people would not think to include a hairdresser or barber in their networking efforts, but if you think about it, it makes sense. People who do hair meet a lot of people from different walks of life during the course of a day. Letting your hairdresser or barber know what you are looking for could uncover a new job for you.
- LinkedIn groups. Most LinkedIn members are aware of the Jobs tab at the top of every LinkedIn page, but not as many people pay attention to the Jobs tab that is listed for every group. Clearly, some groups are more active than others, so some may regularly post jobs while others may not, but it is important to note that the jobs under LinkedIn groups are not necessarily the same as jobs posted elsewhere. This is something you can add to your job search strategy.
- University degree programs. This is another source for job leads that may not necessarily have occurred to you, but if you take classes for working adults, you may encounter people who work for organizations that have openings. Degree programs (and even non-degree programs) can give you a built-in network.
- University alumni associations. As one of the perks of membership, many university alumni associations list jobs on their websites. And of course alumni associations can be a great place to network as well.
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