44 Ways to Find a Job

There comes a time when most leaders and professionals have to find a new job. It may be because you’re looking to step up into the next level of leadership, your company has downsized, or you get a new boss that resembles Attila the Hun. Suddenly you find yourself in a job search.

If you’re like most people, you may think that there are four or five ways to find a job. Here at Donna Schilder Coaching, we believe there are at least 44 ways to find a job (listed below). The key to a successful career search is to understand which strategies are best for you. Just as it’s important to find a job that is a good fit for you overall — the right culture, the right professional development opportunities, the chance to make the right impact — it’s also important to develop job search strategies that are a good fit for you and your goals.

The “44 Ways to Find a Job List” below will give you a starting point for creating a Job Search Plan to find your perfect job, but don’t get overwhelmed — you don’t need to use all 44 strategies. We can help you choose the best five to seven strategies, that not only match your target position and industry but also match your personality type. In addition, since different job search tactics yield different possible positions, we’ll help you choose a combination of introverted and extroverted strategies that will uncover as many different jobs as possible, while still delivering targeted, relevant leads.

The 44 Ways to Find a Job – List

COMMON WAYS TO FIND A JOB

  1. Call People in Your Existing Network (Extroverted Action)
  2. Email People in Your Existing Network (Introverted Action)
  3. Connect with Internal Recruiters
  4. Build Relationships with External Recruiters

Job Search Websites

  1. Search Job Search Websites for Job Openings
  2. Post a Resume on a Job Search Website
  3. Create a Job Alert on a Job Search Website

LinkedIn

  1. Construct a LinkedIn Profile So Recruiters Can Find You
  2. Add Your Resume and Work Samples to Your LinkedIn Profile
  3. Look at Linked Job Ads
  4. Follow Recruiters on LinkedIn
  5. Find Recruiters the Members of Your Network Follow
  6. Join Recruiter Groups that List Open Jobs
  7. Network at Professional Organizations, Workshops, Webinars & Events to Create New Relationships with Hiring Managers, Recruiters, or People in Your Profession

LESS COMMON JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES

  1. Contact Vendors You Have Worked with & Let Them Know You’re Available
  2. Network into Another Department at Your Current Company
  3. Network into Your Target Companies
  4. Perform Informational Interviews (within Your Company or Externally)
  5. Contact Prior Employers to See if They Have an Opening
  6. Set Up a Phone Call with Your Manager at a Past Employer to Brainstorm How to Find a Position 
  7. Attend Industry Trade Shows to Build Your Network & Access Hiring Managers
  8. Go To Career Fairs (University, Public, Community, Regional, Industry)
  9. Review Job Listings on Target Company Websites
  10. Look at Job Ads on Professional Organization Websites
  11. Use The Career Center (at Your High School, Trade School, College, or University)
  12. Look at the “Craig’s” List job Ads

WORK YOUR WAY INTO A JOB

  1. Consult in Your Target Industry
  2. Do Contract Work in Your Target Industry
  3. Work Through a Temporary Agency in Your Target Company or Industry
  4. Do an Internship in Your Target Industry or Profession
  5. Take an Entry Level Job in Your Target Industry or Company (Then Work Your Way Up)
  6. Do Volunteer Work in an Organization Where Your Target Hiring Managers Typically Volunteer

OUT-OF-THE-BOX JOB SEARCH METHODS

  1. Create and Pitch Your Dream Job at Your Current Company
  2. Pitch Your Dream Job to a Target Company
  3. Make Cold Phone Calls to Hiring Managers at Your Targeted Companies
  4. Build your Own Website (to Showcase Your Resume, Samples of Your Work, or Your Portfolio)
  5. Post on Social Media (Other Than LinkedIn, e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Tik Tok)
  6. Follow Recruiters on Social Media
  7. Set Up a Google Alert for Your Target Job
  8. Review Printed Newsletters Job Ads
  9. Do a Mass E-Mail Campaign 
  10. Mail Your Resume and Cover Letter to Hiring Managers (Snail Mail)
  11. Review Online Newspaper Job Ads
  12. Look Through Printed Newspaper Want Ads (You Might Notice a Different Job if You’re Looking at Paper Instead if a Screen

Now that you’ve reviewed our job search strategies list, you have probably realized that some of the strategies align better with your personality type. For example, some strategies are more comfortable for an introverted person and others are a better match for an extrovert.

NOTE:  In the List, extroverted approaches are bolded and introverted approaches are not bolded.

Our Coaches will not only help you find the approaches that are the best fit for you and the job you’re looking for, but we will also help you identify one or two strategies that may be out of your comfort zone but will yield different jobs (so you find more options). This will also help you stretch and grow and may even translate into new job skills for you.

It’s important to use a variety of ways to find a job because you can’t find all the job leads available if you use all online strategies or all networking strategies. For example, some jobs are:

  • Never posted at all, and only shared through networks
  • Posted on a company’s career pages (job openings pages) but not on job websites (like Monster) or job boards (like Indeed)
  • Only marketed through executive recruiters

The more different ways you look for a job, the more job leads you uncover.

When you work with a Donna Schilder Coach, you’ll not only get support in choosing job search strategies, but we’ll also help you be more effective at the strategies you choose, which will greatly increase the number of job leads you uncover.

In addition, you will receive access to the valuable job search information on our Clients-Only web pages.

Reach out today to find out more about how we can help you find your dream job.

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