- Ask for job search leads-You can ask just about anyone for leads. Start with family, friends, people you know in your community, your neighbours, staff at employment centres, people at the local college or university. Ask people like your hairdresser/barber, the taxi drivers in town or bartenders. These people see a lot of people in a day and are usually ‘up to speed’ on what jobs might help you with your job search. You can ask simple questions: what skills and training are required for the job? Do you know of any companies that are hiring? Will you keep an eye open for me while I’m doing my job search?
- Go knocking on doors-If an employer interests, go visit them. You can do a cold call and ask to speak to someone in charge. If that person is not available, you can ask the receptionist for assistance; or ask if anyone else is available to talk to you. Be prepared though before you go with questions that you want answered.
- Use the phone book and yellow pages-The phone book is an underused resource. You can find subjects or fields of interest, names, telephone numbers, faxes, perhaps a bit about the company if they have a larger ad in the yellow pages. It is an easy method to do your job search with fast results.
- Be creative in your career change or job search-do your homework and make sure you have a good inventory of your skills, training, and experience. Know what field of work you want to enter or re-enter. Perhaps career counselling would benefit you. Choose organizations where you want to work. Do research on the companies before you approach them. Seek out the person(s) who have the authority to make decisions. Use your contacts for your job search.
- Perform Information Interviews-These types of interviews can be very valuable in your job search; whether you are staying in the same field or changing careers. Talk to people in the field and find out what they like about their job, what they don’t like about their job, what the trends are in the business, are they hiring?, have they hired many people in the last year.
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