Job Search Sources

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jun 27, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Below are important sources of information to assist in your job search.

Don’t leave any important stone unturned! Have you used all the sources below in your summer job search?

People: Current and former employees of the companies you’re targeting, public relations offices of the organization, customers or clients of the company, friends, relatives, neighbors, faculty and alumni.

Print Information: Directories, books, newspapers, magazine articles, annual reports, company newsletters, professional association directories, and the company website.

“There may be others out there who do this job better than you. Who gets hired is not necessarily the one who can do the best job, but the one who knows the most about how to get hired.” -Richard Bolles

Mark S. Granovetter, a sociologist at Harvard University, investigated how people get jobs, his study included jobs across the board (professional, technical, and managerial workers). Granovetter’s data indicated that most people found jobs through personal contacts, and almost half had new jobs created for them. This does not mean cold-calling a complete stranger at their office. It does mean cultivating relationships so that you, and they, feel comfortable assisting you.

Granovetter concluded: “Personal contacts are of paramount importance in connecting people with jobs. Better jobs are found through contacts, and the best jobs, the ones with highest pay and prestige and affording the greatest satisfaction to those in them, are not apt to be filled in this way.”

Networking has the biggest payoff compared to other methods of job seeking. Are your networking skills up to par? If you aren’t sure, see the blog posts regarding networking on this site.