How to Find Jobs Not Advertised on the Top Job Boards, Part 1

Dear, Anita,

I have resumes on different job boards on the Internet. I apply to positions I find posted and get back that my resume has been submitted. I don’t get a job offer from it. I have been looking for a job for 1-1/2 years. What am I doing wrong?

Dear, Bored with Boards,

Frustrated Woman at Computer With Stack of PaperWhile job seekers must steadfastly apply to positions posted on the top online job boards – Monster.com, CareerBuilder, Indeed, and the like – this should not be the only tactic in an all-out job search.  I have seen statistics that claim 40% to 80% of jobs are unadvertised (depending on if the stats are based on “paid” advertising in newspapers and on online job boards, versus publicized with no additional cost outlay.) Here are other places to find job opportunities:

LinkedIn. While you’re updating your profile, don’t forget to check the Jobs tab on LinkedIn, which hosts paid advertisements for open positions. You can set up an e-mail job alert for the industry and geographic area of interest. (For those of you currently employed, not to worry – your job search activity is private so your boss won’t see it.)

Craigslist. In some areas of the country, the free job listings on Craigslist are quite effective for businesses and job seekers. Just don’t be tempted to go down the rabbit hole by perusing the personals or “for sale” ads.

Company Website Careers Page.  Make a list of companies in your area that you would like to work for and check out their websites. Many companies have pages on their websites devoted to career opportunities, which you’ll want to bookmark and check often. For a life hack on how to search multiple companies’ career pages using a Google trick, check out Option Three in the How to Find Unadvertised Jobs blog from Glassdoor.com.

Social Media. Savvy businesses maximize their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn status updates, and other social media accounts to publicize for free their current job openings. Some mid-size and larger companies even have unique social media accounts devoted to careers and recruiting, separate from their customer or end-user accounts.

College Career Centers. While you are still a student, be sure to take full advantage of your college’s career center. In addition to maintaining lists of job openings and internships from local employers that may not be posted elsewhere, the staff at these university job offices can help you with your résumé, coach you for your interviews, or even cultivate letters of recommendation for you.

Government Job Resource Center.  To find local resources, you may have to think like a thesaurus when you do your online search. Government resources can go by many names, from workforce resource center, career services, employment center, job network… the list goes on. Services can be provided under the auspices of local governments to state economic development departments.  If you’re not a master-Googler, start at the national American Job Center for links to some resources.

Check out Part 2 of this article next week, for five more alternatives to job boards.

Readers: What sources, besides the online job boards, have proved most fruitful in your job search?

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. myammynew
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:01:47

    Thanks – great information – Craigslist has been a great CA/Bay Area resource.
    Much to my surprise, in Florida- Craigslist is a vehicle for many scams and frauds and is a shadow of it’s CA self. LinkedIn is more effective… Love “I Need A Clue”

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  2. Kevin C
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 12:47:41

    If your affiliated with a school, try the co-op office, they often have non-coop jobs or at the least know who is hiring.

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  3. jobwindow
    Feb 25, 2014 @ 11:31:42

    Networking is also a huge factor when looking “outside the box”!

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  4. jenenunez
    Feb 25, 2014 @ 10:07:10

    I feel there’s a very important missing piece here being that networking is the #1 way (at least here in Southern California) to get a job that’s not advertised…anyone else agree?

    Reply

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