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    How Americans Find Work

    Friends, Relatives, and Networking Contacts – 30%
    Employer Contacts - 29.8%
    Help Wanted Advertisements – 16.6%
    Employment Agencies – 11.2%

    Where Can I Find A Job?

    Friends and Relatives
    Networking Contacts
    Personnel Departments
    Newspaper Help-Wanted Ads
    Internet Job Sites
    Employment Agencies
    Telephone Directories / Yellow Pages
    Word of Mouth
    Radio Ads
    Television Ads
    Help Wanted Signs
    Situation Wanted Ads
    College / School Placement Services
    Professional Journals
    Civil Service Public Notices
    Public Bulletin Boards
    Professional Organizations
    Job Fairs
    Convention and Trade Shows

    Job Search Tips Everyone Ignores, But SHOULDN'T

    1. The way to get a job is to talk to people who can use your skills and have the power to hire.
    2. The fastest method to talk to these people is by phone.
    3. The most efficient phone call is one that is planned using a telephone script that takes 30 – 60 seconds and requests an interview at the end.
    4. The ideal number of interviews to obtain each day is two (20-30 calls)
    5. The best use of interviews is to research and practice before, use each question as an opportunity to give skills during and afterwards, write a thank-you note and call back about a decision on the arranged day and time.
    6. The easiest way to get two (2) interviews a day is networking (with friends, relatives, and acquaintances) and direct contacts with the people that supervise someone with your skills.
    7. The quickest way to end your job search is to spend at least 25-30 hours per week doing all the above.

    Seven Steps for Finding a Job Fast

    Why does it take some people more time than others to find a job?  And what sort of job should you look for?

    Job Seeking requires action, and the most effective action is to go out and make contacts with the people who are most likely to need someone with your skills.  The best way to do that is to make a job out of getting a job.  This may sound simple, but doing it well requires some preparation.

    1. Identify your Key Skills

    Most people can't explain what they are good at or what they like to do.  Spending time to clarify this will help you in your job search and your life.

    2. Define your Ideal Job

    Too many people look for a job without knowing what the job would be.  Take time to figure out what your ideal position would entail, knowing you can always compromise later.

    3. Learn the Most Effective Job Search Methods

    Once you know what you are looking for, you need to know what job search methods are most likely to help you find it.

    The fact is that most jobs are not advertised.  So, how do you find them?  The same way about two-thirds of all job seekers do:  networking and directly contacting an employer.

    One study found that forty percent (40%) of all people located their jobs through a lead provided by a friend, a relative, or an acquaintance.  That makes people you know the number one source of job leads.  Asking for their help is more effective than all other job search methods.

    It takes more courage, but making direct, cold contact with employers is a very effective job search technique.  A good source is the Yellow Pages.  Begin by looking at the index in the front and for each entry, ask yourself, "Would an organization of this kind need a person with my skills?"  If you answer, "YES", then that organization or business type is a possible target.

    Don't wait until a job is "Open" before you contact the employer.  Employers fill most jobs with people they meet before a job is formally open.  The trick is to meet people who can hire you before a job is formally available.

    4. Sit Down and Write a Resume'

    Most people spend too much time worrying about their resume'.  Instead, learn to write an acceptable resume in just an hour or so,  and then a better one later, if you need one.

    5. Organize Your Time To Get Two (2) Interviews a Day

    Yes, it's possible to get two (2) interviews a day – if you know how to do it.  Stay on top of the job search and plan for your interviews.

    6. Work on Your Interviewing Skills

    Taking an hour or so for practicing you answers and getting ready for the interview can make a big difference in how well you handle your next one.  What you learn could, indeed, increase your earnings a thousand dollars or more if you can prepare yourself to come across like the strong candidate that you are.

    7. Follow Up On All Job Leads

    Doing this well often makes the difference in who gets the job and who continues to wait for an offer.

    One of the biggest reasons some people stay unemployed longer than others do is that they sit at home  waiting for someone to come to them.  A passive approach to job searching often results in waiting with no results, while those who are active in the job market are getting offers.

    If you take time to plan your job search and work on your job seeking methods, you're likely to get more interviews.  Plus, you'll present yourself better in the interview you get.

    The above information was taken from book, Seven Steps to Getting a Job Fast, by Michael Farr.