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Creative Job Search Secrets
copyright © by Kevin Donlin
In my continuing series on job search tips for hard times, here are 3 ways to locate job openings using free resources at your disposal.
This week, I interviewed Bob Picha, founder of San-Diego-based Ideas At Work, a company dedicated to the release of human potential in individuals and organizations.
Based on 30 years of career-consulting experience, Bob's insights are sure to surprise and more importantly help you find a job faster.
1) Read the paper,
but not the want ads
"The list goes on," says Picha.
All is takes is a little digging to uncover these "jewels" that point you toward companies in need of new employees.
Two more ways to use
the newspaper to uncover expanding businesses are:
"Many savvy employers use temporary agencies as a screening device. It's a chance to put temp workers through a trial period. And, if the employee is talented enough, a job can be created just for him or her," says Picha.
In Southern California, some companies draw 33-50% of their staff from the temporary work force, according to Picha. Similar figures may apply to other parts of the country.
Temporary agencies are all around you, too.
"Just visit www.google.com, search for 'temporary employment,' and you'll find a huge number of temp agency listings. You can sort them by geography, industry -- whatever," says Picha, who found 59 agencies listed for his Southern California region.
"Try calling on vendors and suppliers who know of companies that might be hiring. These include your local banker, CPA, lawyer and real estate agent. These people all have a great deal of knowledge," says Picha.
Don't forget associations there's one or more for every field of work. Use them to meet decision makers who can hire you. Call the reference desk at your public library for help finding associations.
When you call or meet networking contacts, ask for names of growing companies who could use someone with your experience. Ask for a contact person at the target employer(s), but avoid the HR department, since they often act as gatekeepers and may shun you.
So there you have it.
Three job search tips
to help you use the newspaper, temp agencies and your network more creatively
and effectively than before.
Kevin Donlin is Managing Editor of 1 Day Resumes. The 1DR writers provide same-day, one-on-one resume writing assistance. He is also author of "Resume and Cover Letter Secrets Revealed," a do-it-yourself manual that will help you find a job in 30 days ... or your money back. For more information, click here.