Use Social Media
Many people might feel a little odd about broadcasting their desire for employment to all of their friends and family. Don’t be. You should use social media to your advantage, and do so shamelessly. Your aunt may know that her attorney is looking for a new associate, but didn’t realize you were thinking of leaving your firm. The company your old college roommate works for might be accepting resumes, but he didn’t know you were interested. In short, make sure your friends and family know that you are looking for job opportunities. In fact, a recent survey showed that over 36 million workers attribute their current employment to social media.
Apply For The Position You Want, No Matter What
If there is a specific type of employment that you are interested in, apply for it. Even if there are no openings, apply. Mail, e-mail, fax, or hand deliver a copy of your resume and cover letter to the company. Explain that while you know there are currently no available openings, you are very much interested in working for the company if any become available. Who knows, they might have been planning to start advertising for a new position in the near future. At the very least, you have placed yourself in the mind of the person doing the hiring, which is always a good place to be.
Talk To Your School
Junior colleges, universities, or even graduate schools, are a wonderful resource in the employment hunt. Even if you graduated some time ago, most institutions will still gladly offer any help they can. The biggest aid is career counseling, which can take the form of resume and cover letter editing, and even suggestions on what fields your particular skills might prove valuable in. These counselors can also help put you in contact with fellow alumni who are in the same professional field as you.