10 Unexpected Places to Find a Job in 2019

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There’s a huge demand for workers right now. Unemployment is below 1% in some areas.

I’m sure sites like ZipRecruiter, Monster.com, and SimplyHired.com have never seen higher numbers of listings. Even the local newspaper classified section is brimming with new jobs each morning. There are now half a billion people using LinkedIn.

The traditional online job search portals have jobs aplenty. But they aren’t everything. You have to be willing to look everywhere for a job when you’re on the hunt.

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.

You don’t have to go to D.C. (although it might not hurt), but you can find your own version of the busy sidewalk street. Would you be willing to get so public with your search? If you knew it would work, would you?

2. Your Church

Your pastor or priest may know the potential employers in the congregation who are open to helping other members.

The Church may even have some type of career counseling service (like this example), which are on the rise, where they help unemployed members find work.

The Church was actually designed so that believers could share their burdens with each other. If you are a part of a congregation of believers, tap into this resource and trust in God to help you find a job.

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 best cities for job seekers. 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.

Establish a local address to improve your chances. No out-of-state addresses on the resume.

Moving to a new city has a way of clarifying your goals around employment and gives you fresh eyes for the search. The new market gets to evaluate a fresh candidate and that usually works in your advantage.

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 how to put your best foot forward.

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 Instagram.

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.

Related: 21 Online Job Search Sites to Find Your Next Job

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I stand by my suggestion to never pay for a job, but sometimes it makes sense to pay someone to help you find a job. A service like FlexJobs.com will cut through the noise of the current job market and show you only the jobs that make sense for you.

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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 to be 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. What is your community for if they can’t help pick you up when you’re down?

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. 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.

Educational institutions have job placement offices that can be of service to you. So when you’re not in class, spend some time with the career counselors and resources.

10. Wherever You Are

Never stop looking for a job. They say it can take one month of searching for every $10k you expect to make. So if you’re desired salary is $60,000, get ready to put in half a year of work or more to land the right 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 a 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.

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


  1. CareOne Debt Relief Services says

    Fantastic ideas in this post!

  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. 20 and Engaged says

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