A lot of time and effort has been put into studying how people find work. By using the research findings, you can give yourself a leg up during your job search. Keep the following tips in mind when determining where you want to expend the most effort when looking for a new position.
– Make use of a phone directory and cold call employers for whom you might want to work. Cold calling may be uncomfortable, but researchers have found it has a higher success rate than various other ways of identifying job leads, including working with an employment agency and answering ads. If you work in a group with others, the success rate of this approach goes up even further.
– Visit a potential employer in person, even if you have no reason to believe they will be hiring. Researchers have found this approach to be one of the most effective for landing employment.
– Make use of public resources. Libraries, schools, and governments often operate resources for job seekers. If your own job-hunting resources are limited, their assistance can be particularly valuable.
– Keep an eye on building projects. New construction can be a sign that an expanding business will need new employees soon.
– Use a job heat map. From time to time organizations will create maps of the best and worst places to look for a job. Job heat maps can provide detailed information to help you guide your search, including identifying the best cities in which to look for work in a given field. Maps are typically constructed by comparing number of jobs to number of job candidates, thus identifying places in greater need of labor than others. In late 2013, a job heat map showed that San Francisco was in much greater need of workers in most industries than New York City was.