Job Hunting Online? Don’t Just Rely on the Internet for Your Search
Job-hunting methods have evolved considerably. For example, it used to be that people could walk into a business and land a job that day. Those days are long gone, however. Now, with Millennials in the picture, job hunting has largely become an online endeavor. Using the Internet makes sense; it’s convenient, and you can find tons of jobs you would not otherwise. However, job hunting online should not be your sole approach. It is critical to diversify job hunting channels to maximize your chances of success. Here are three ways that you should job hunt offline to complement your online efforts.
To give yourself the best chance of getting a job, expand your networking efforts to in-person networking opportunities such as professional association meetings and workshops. This can seem overwhelming, so start small. Set goals such as talking to only one person (or two) per event. It is usually better to make quality connections than many superficial connections. Volunteering for such events is another way to meet more people and to combat the problem of shyness; volunteering gives you a clear reason to chat with people. In any case, simply keeping business cards on hand all the time for when you meet relevant people is a step in the right direction.
Despite the advent of job hunting online, job fairs remain prevalent and popular. Do your research beforehand to ensure you know what you are getting into. For example, review the list of employers who will be at a fair so that you can prioritize them and ask smart questions. Hone a 30-second “elevator” pitch beforehand. Bring several resume variations that target different types of jobs you are qualified for.
Your job hunting efforts should extend to filling out applications for staffing agencies. This is an underused method of finding permanent work, as many companies extend offers to temps who have proven themselves. You can also choose to work as a temp who wants only long-range work or a job that has a high probability of turning permanent.