Five Job Search Methods You May Not Have Considered


If you’re wading through the job market right now, you know it can be rough out there. It can be discouraging to apply for job after job and not hearing back. Worse yet, is not even finding any job for which to apply. You may feel like you’re stuck in a rut, but you may also be approaching your job search from the wrong angle. We’ve gathered a few methods that may help refresh your job search process – maybe it’s something you haven’t tried yet, or something you’re too intimidated to try. Take a look to see what might be right for you and your job search.

1. Cold Calling

Cold calling is a hard approach to take, but it could really pay off. If this isn’t your first go-round and you are fortunate enough to know the field you’d like to go into, you can reach out to contacts at prominent companies to get your name known and to find out about any openings. Cold calls – or emails, since we are in the 21st century after all – are really just that. You reach out to someone in a company or a business that you do not specifically know, introduce yourself briefly and ask if there are any open positions or opportunities available to you. It’s a nerve-wracking step to take, because it could very easily be a swift and hard rejection, but it also may open new doors for you by directly reaching out to someone, instead of just sending your resume into the abyss.

2. Referrals

Asking for referrals during your job search is a little like cold calling, just with one degree of separation. This method caters somewhat to those earlier in their careers, or those who work freelance. You could ask for a referral from a job you held during school when you’re starting out and moving locales, or from a previous client. Referrals entail asking your previous employers, coworkers or clients to reach out to other potential employers or clients for you. This is especially helpful in the world of freelance, as mentioned, because the freelance world is all about having your work known through word-of-mouth. If someone likes the work you do, it is more than reasonable to ask for a referral to those who may also need your services.

3. Recruiting Agencies and Staffing Firms

Going the recruitment route may entail a little more money, and thus isn’t highly recommended if you’re between jobs and dealing with a tight budget. But, it is a great way to fast-track finding a job – and this is because using a recruiting agency or a staffing firm means it is literally someone’s jobto help you get hired. If you go a slightly cheaper, but very similar route of applying to become part of a temp agency, you get the similar bonus of having your name come up in a list when a company is looking for someone to fill a spot on short notice. Temp agencies may not get you a long-term, full time position that staffing or recruiting firms could get, but it is definitely a path to look down if you are need work and aren’t choosy about finding a short-term gig to pay the bills.

4. Networking

Networking is the name of the game in the current professional climate, and is therefore a skill you need to polish by meeting and talking with professionals across various industries. Networking is closely linked to referrals in how you actually get a job out; if you meet someone, they’ll remember your name and your skills, and they’ll put you in touch with someone else who may or may not have an opening or know someone else who does. It can be a slow process, especially if you are just starting out. But, it is incredibly beneficial in the long term. If you network before or during your current job and you wind up leaving or – unfortunately – being the collateral damage of downsizing, leveraging those professional connections you previously made could help you find a new job in a snap.

5. Advertise Yourself

This method is pretty straightforward: make it known you are available and in the job market. Whether this is posting your resume to job boards, adding a “for hire” to your LinkedIn description (or another social media profile), or the old-school tactic of putting up fliers, the more you advertise that you are a person with specific skills for hire, the more your name is seen. Chances are, if you do this well, you’ll find a job in no time. It can be tedious like some of these other methods, but it can pay off just as well.