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Job applications: 16 ways to find a job

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This article is based on the eBook “Graduate Employment”.

You are looking for tips on how to find a job? There are a lot of ways to do so and many aspects to consider. Let’s take a look at some tips for maximizing job application success The job hunting expert Dick Bolles suggests there are just 16 ways to find a job. Read more.


16 ways to find a job

  • Sending out CVs
  • Answering job ads in the press
  • Using government agencies (e.g. your local JobCentre)
  • Using private employment agencies
  • Using the internet
  • Asking anyone you know who might know of a vacancy
  • Using former teachers, schools, colleges and universities
  • Knocking on doors of organisations you want to work for
  • Using a phone book company listing to find local and interesting companies
  • Joining or forming a job club
  • Doing a thorough self-audit of skills you have, and which you enjoy using
  • Visiting places where employers find workers (career fairs etc.)
  • Applying for Civil Service entrance
  • Studying professional journals in a field that interests you
  • Using a temp agency in the hope of being permanently recruited, and volunteering.

It is important that you do not try all these methods at once. There is evidence to show that you maximize your chances of a successful job application, if you use more than one, but no more than four, of the above methods. Choose what appeals to you, rather than doing all of them half-heartedly.


How to find a job – Use active methods

You should also use active not passive ways to find a job. The methods which have the highest chance of finding you a job are: a) doing a thorough self-audit and finding out what you really enjoy and where you might find somewhere to use these enjoyable skills, through serious focused job research, b) working together in a group with others looking for work (job club, informal group of friends) but helping each other out with leads, ideas and encouragement, and c) actively identifying, calling, and preferably visiting employers in your chosen area, whether or not they are advertising jobs.

And finally, manage your working hours regarding the type of contract. Your options for working hours are no longer limited. If the ideal full time job is not showing itself too quickly, consider a flexible working contract. Options include, for example, part-time, zero hours contract/retainer, project work, consultancy, tele-work, or job-share.


Read more about ideas on how to find a job in “Graduate employment: 333 tips of graduates seeking employment” by Sue Greener, Tom Bourner and Asher Rospigliosi.