Nine Tactics to Help Modern Job-Seekers

The process of finding a new job today is different than it was years ago. In the past, most people would find a job right after finishing school and then beat that same job all the way until the time they retired. Many are looking at starting new careers even after being in the workforce for a substantial amount of time. Those seeking a job are using creative strategies to find new careers and move their careers forward. Gone are the days of just looking in the newspaper want-ads to find employment.

1. Networking

An entire hidden job market exists. These job vacancies are never advertised in the customary ways. Networking is a great way to find these job opportunities. It's a simple way to get your foot in the door, so to speak. It is possible to network in person, perhaps speaking with other professionals in your field or even attending events for graduates of your school. Networking can also be done online, in places like LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

2. Referrals

This is a great way to get a job without actually searching for one. Referrals come from people you already know. In some cases, it turns out to be a win-win situation. You are able to get a new job, and the person who referred you may get some kind of finder's fee or reward for bringing in a new employee.

3. Career Websites and Job Boards 

Most modern-day job boards exist in a virtual format. They are often designed by state and federal governments. Career websites are basic online job search engines that have postings for jobs in many different fields. Some of the more popular job search engines include and They are like traditional want-ads, but they allow you to see more jobs and offer other benefits.

4. Job Fairs

In many cases, job fairs are set up for specific industries. It is good to look at the different organizations and companies that will be present before attending the job fair. When you attend the job fair, bring along a few copies of your resume and be ready to go through short interviews with some recruiters. These mini-interviews are a great way to sell yourself and make you stand out.

5. Company Websites

If there is a specific company that interests you, visit their website. You will likely find a career section where you can learn about different job openings they have available. If you have the time for it, monitor the websites of employers that you would be interested in working for. Just the right opportunity may pop up and you will be ready for it. This is one of the best ways to find your dream job.

6. Cold Calling 

This method for finding a job involves you directly contacting a company you're interested in working for. You can contact them by phone or email. This option is not always the best received by potential employers, but it could be a good way for you to get information about upcoming vacancies, specific skill sets the company is looking for, and more. After asking if it is possible to send your resume to those who are responsible for hiring the company.

7. Head Hunters and Recruitment Agencies

This is a great option for those who would like professional help when searching for a job. Recruitment agencies are able to streamline the process of locating jobs and interviewing potential candidates. Many schools and universities have a job placement service that is available to help new graduates seek jobs, as well as to do other helpful things, like develop a resume.

8. Temping and Internships

Temporary positions can sometimes lead to permanent positions. If you are without a job, a temporary position may work for you because it will provide you with some cash flow, help you get your foot in the door with a certain company, and give you a potential business contact in the future. Recruitment agencies often help with finding temporary jobs. Internships are great for students who are interested in gaining experience and valuable industry contacts.

9. Creative and Outlandish Tactics

Many have found success using creative and outlandish tactics to find a job, including doing things like using yourself as a human billboard with your resume posted to yourself. While these methods may work in some cases, it is important to use caution. You have the chance of attracting the attention of recruiters and potential employers, but you may also be sending the wrong message. Make sure the technique you choose is appropriate for the industry you want to work in.

Finding the right job for you may require you to use a variety of tactics. Don't be shy when experimenting with some of the techniques mentioned above.