|It's Always In the Last Place You Look: 5 Forgotten Job Hunting Tips|
|If you’ve ever run around your place looking for your keys or your glasses, doubtless some helpful friend has pointed out that whatever you’re looking for is always in the last place you look.
Well, of course. You don’t keep looking for something after you’ve found it.
However, with jobs, maybe you should do just that. It’s good to keep up with the job market, even if you’ve got a position.
But even if your job search doesn’t come to a complete halt once you’re hired, you still might be missing a few obvious places when you’re looking for work. Here’s a partial list:
Where You Live – I’m not talking about your house or apartment. I’m talking about Facebook. Have you mentioned anything about your job search there? Use caution when posting, of course, because anything you say could get back to your current boss, if you have one. But you can certainly use friending and networking with your online pals to get the inside scoop on places you’d like to work, and learn about potential job openings.
Your Co-workers – How frequently do you touch base with former colleagues? Did you talk to any of them about work options? I’ll confess, I don’t find this an easy thing to do, but as a freelancer I’ve had to learn how. Since I tend to be a creature of habit, I try to use that to my advantage. I make a point of touching base with previous contacts on a regular basis. After a few times, it got easier for me, and I bet it would for you, too.
Your Friends – You never know. Close friends and acquaintances have other friends and acquaintances, and they might be able to point you towards openings and those un-advertised positions you hear so much about.
Your Alma Mater – Did you know that you can still ask professors and your college placement services for tips, even after you’ve been out of school for a while? Some of your professors will have their ears to the ground and be aware of new developments in the field and emerging trends.
Ye Olde Media – Don’t forget the newspaper and the phone book. Seriously. I’ve used the newspaper want ads to look for places that were doing a lot of hiring. That told me the company was on the move, and might need other workers soon. I’ve used the phone book to get a handle on all the businesses working in a certain field, in a certain area, and then targeted approaches accordingly.
If those don’t work, you could try looking on the counter, or in that drawer where everyone shoves everything, or behind the couch cushions, or…
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