10 Places You Might Not Expect to Find a Job

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Need a job? Have you looked in all the right places?

There’s a huge demand for jobs right now.

Unemployment is above 10% in some areas.

I’m sure sites like Monster.com and SimplyHired.com have never seen higher traffic. The newspaper classified section is the first thing on many people’s minds each morning. There are now over 100 million people using LinkedIn.com.

The traditional job search portals are saturated. To find a job these days using these channels you either have to be a rock-star in your career, or know someone.

That’s why it’s important to consider other avenues for locating a job. Let’s review these 10 places you might not expect to find work:

1. The Sidewalk

This is not what you’re thinking. I just read about a girl in D.C. (again, not what you’re thinking) who grew tired of not hearing back from the companies she was sending resumes to. So, she purchased some poster board and wrote something like, “New graduate. Looking for work. Resumes available.”

She stood on a busy intersection in D.C. with the sign held high. That day she passed out 17 resumes and got a call for an interview the next day. She landed the entry-level job and is now working her way up in the company.

2. Your Church

Your pastor or priest knows the potential employers in the congregation who are open to helping other members. The Church may even have some type of career counseling service, which are on the rise, where they help unemployed members find work.

3. A New City

If you’ve been unemployed for several months, it may not be you. It may be where you live. Give a new city a try. Check out this list of the 10 best cities for job opportunities. Even if you’re not ready to make a permanent move, you could consider working in one of these cities until your local market improves.

4. Craigslist

Okay, this is obviously becoming a more mainstream place to look for jobs, but I thought I’d share some advanced techniques for finding jobs here. First, check out Guy Kawasaki’s post, How to Get a Job on Craigslist. Gives some good insight into applying well.

Then, check out this post from J.D. at Get Rich Slowly which explains RSS feeds from Craigslist. Use these so you can be notified of jobs as soon as they become available. Other tips: create a separate email address for your Craigslist posting and replying; if it looks to good to be true it probably is; never pay to get a job.

5. Social Networking Sites

If you’re not already on LinkedIn you should probably set that up as soon as you can. Outside of that though, you should also consider connecting with people in your career field using Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Obviously you don’t want to come right out and beg for a job in these circles. But there are ways to leverage the relationships you can form using this new media. Dan Schawbel at Mashable has an excellent article on the subject: Finding Your Next Job Using Social Media.

6. Sites like Fiverr.com

At first glance, you might look at a site like Fivrr and scoff at the idea of working for $5. Most jobs can’t be performed in $5 increments. But what many people do is use Fivrr as a lead generator.

In other words, do the $5 job for someone and then upsell them to a full time gig or more extensive freelance job. If you impress them with the $5 gig then they might take you up on your offer. This works better for some career fields than others, but it might work for you.

7. Your Neighborhood

Times are tough. You need a job. Go tell your neighbors. But don’t just pitch your career experience right off the bat. Suck up your pride and offer to do an odd job or two for some cash.

After you mow their grass or paint their spare bedroom (or whatever it is that they need done) share with them about your desire for full time work and ask them if they can help you, either directly with their business or employer, or with someone in their circle. This is kind of an old school method, but I think it would still work.

8. The Bookstore

If you’re an unemployed architect, go hang out in the architect section of the bookstore. If you want to work in business, peruse the books in the management isle. The point is not to read the books. The point is to strike up conversations with others in your section. Eventually tell them about your need for a job.

Think this is bogus? Then use the bookstore method as an analogy. Go where those in your career are hanging out. Are they at conference, trade organization meetings, small business associations, etc? Find a way to surround your self with people employed in your field.

9. A Classroom

Go back to school and network with teachers and fellow classmates. Even a one-off class at a local community college might produce results. Even if you don’t find work directly through your networking, you’ll be learning something in your field and you’ll be more appealing for future employers when you finish the class.

10. Wherever You Are

Never stop looking for a job. Laser focus on the job search such that it permeates your life. Every conversation you have should be a potential job interview. Every kind act or gesture should be leading you towards your next job. Even if you have to wear the t-shirt, like the guy in the photo above, let everyone you come in contact with know that you are in need of employment.

Stay encouraged and keep at it.

Readers, do you have any other unexpected places to find jobs?

Source: The Takeaway



Last Edited: December 4, 2011 @ 1:30 am
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Comments

  1. 20 and Engaged says:

    I would love to find a job in those unlikely places. I’ll keep my eyes closed.

  2. Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager says:

    My favorite is random family/neighborhood BBQs. Definitely seems like the place to get job leads or secure a good job.

  3. CareOne Debt Relief Services says:

    Fantastic ideas in this post!