Ways to Job Search

February 14, 2024

Once you have identified the people in your network and have contacted them, it’s time to start searching for jobs. While it might be tempting to jump online and start looking through job websites right away, keep in mind that more than half of all workers found their current jobs through two methods: networking and contacting employers. Be sure to use all of your job search options.

Contact Employers

Most employers don’t advertise open positions, often because they don't need to in order to find good workers. If you don’t contact these employers, you will never learn what jobs they have open!

Agencies & Listings

There are numerous organizations to help you find work, from state employment agencies and private temp agencies to newspaper classified ads and the library.

Online Searches

Many jobs are posted online. There are national websites to help your search, but you’ll want to check local websites as well. Just remember: jobs posted online usually have a lot of applicants.

Job Fairs

Job fairs allow you to talk to hiring managers from dozens of companies at once, build your network, and even interview for positions. You’ll want to look your best and stay positive.

Source: Excerpted from Oregon Career Information System, ©2023, University of Oregon, All Rights Reserved.

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