So, you’re looking for a local job and getting frustrated because it seems that you have to wade through scores of job postings that are meant for other areas. It’s frustrating enough to look for a job, but when the results you see aren’t relevant to your local area, it can be even more irritating.
Did you know that the best way to look for a local job is a combination of old-school efforts and making use of new technology that caters to local job searches? It’s true, and we’ve put together a guide below that will help you find the perfect local job. Here’s what to do.
Start With the Classifieds
It’s old-school, we know, but many business owners still run their job postings in the local paper. In most cities, you won’t have to run out and buy a paper though because most newspapers make their classifieds free of charge to online viewers. Simply seek out the website of your local newspaper and look for the classifieds page. The only downside to this method is that many times by the time you see a job posting the position has already been filled.
It may seem simple, but many local jobs are filled before the job posting is even written. Local communities are known for passing around job opening information by word of mouth. Try asking around at places where the locals go to gather, or at your Chamber of Commerce center. Many times jobs are posted at the Chamber of Commerce and filled before they’re advertised any place else. You might also try your local Craig’s List, but beware because there are a lot of scam jobs listed on that site. This method can take up valuable time, so if you’re in a hurry, check out the next tip.
Use Local Business Directories
Perhaps the most fail-proof way to get a local job is to conduct your search using local business directories. These types of directories are useful because you will only see the jobs available in your local area. And some of them, such as FindUsLocal, match a visitor’s location with the information about their area using GEO technology. Simply go the site and view any local business profile page, and then click the orange jobs tab like the one in the link. You’ll be taken to a page that shows job openings for that company.
You’ve probably heard this a million times, but it’s because it works. In fact, studies show that 80 percent of all jobs are found from networking. Seek out the companies in your local area that you want to work for, and try to forge connections with people there. You’d be surprised how easy it is to get a job at a place where you already have connections.
By combining these old school methods with new ones, like searching in a local business directory, you’ll soon be able to count yourself in the ranks of the employed. What are you waiting for? Your perfect job is waiting!