Knowing how to find a job is not always easy, but there are plenty of resources out there to help you. Here are 5 of the most common ones.
This is one of the most common ways in which people look for a new job, but not necessarily the most effective. To some extent it will depend on the type of job you are looking for and the area you live in. Some employers, especially smaller companies, tend to prefer using the classified ads.
The online version of the larger newspapers will also list all the jobs advertised in the print edition and possibly other jobs as well. One of the advantages of looking online is that you can see the advertisements for the entire week, which is useful if you missed the day jobs relevant to your career are published. In fact, jobs can remain online until the closing date for applications, which gives you more chance of spotting the best ones.
There are plenty of different sites which exist solely to advertise jobs, and some of these focus on local areas, while others are cover national or international openings. Then there are sites which deal with a specific industry or trend such as environmental jobs or jobs in the charitable or not for profit sector. Additionally, there are job aggregators, which pull together jobs from many different job sites, giving you a much larger selection in one place
Agencies can cover general employment opportunities or specialize in specific jobs or industries such as catering or office work. The advantages of using an agency are that they will come up with a range of possibilities and will interview you informally to help choose the most suitable vacancies. So they will do quite a bit of the work for you. But you will have to keep in touch with them and perhaps pay them several visits to make sure they are providing you with a good service.
Often aimed a graduates or people who want to work in a specific sector, job fairs are a great way to meet potential employers and learn more about specific careers. You will need to have an up to date resume or CV and plenty of copies of it! Check in advance which companies will be represented and try to find out as much as you can about them in advance. All of this should be easy to do online.