Old-School Job Search Techniques That Still Work

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Sure, social media, email, and web searches for job listings are important tools to find a job these days. But there are some old-fashioned job search techniques that still work. Here are a few of them:

Calling people you know to ask about job openings

Back in the last century, this was a popular technique to find a job. After all, many job openings are only known by people who work there, and word-of-mouth is one of the best ways to find a job. So, instead of sending an email that could be easily ignored, why not call your friends, acquaintances, and old co-workers to find out if they know of any job listings that could be right for you.

Handing out and posting business cards

There is nothing like having a good old-fashioned business card to hand out. As much as people are trying to use e-cards, the business card works because it’s tangible and physical.  You can use it to help your job search, or to ramp up your business if you take on personal clients, by putting your name, contact information, and what kind of job you do. In addition, sometimes local businesses have an area for people to put up their business cards.

Treating a job search like a job

There is an old adage about how you should treat searching for a job like a full-time job. It’s still valid today. If you are unemployed, and you put in such time between searching for openings, applying for jobs, and sharpening your skills, career coach experts say that your chances of getting a new job will improve. The same goes if you are already employed, and treat looking for a new job as a second job.

Get out and meet people

Networking is an old-school skill that has been around before people labeled it as such. It is important to talk to as many people as possible. But that means listening to them and their interests, not just giving a monologue about what you want. Think about the old-school advice Dale Carnegie gave in his classic book, How to Win Friends and Influence People – he said to become genuinely interested in other people.  

Check the want ads

Granted, most jobs are listed online these days, but you never know what you may find regarding employment in the want ads in either your local paper, or in national publications like the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. While these ads shouldn’t be the focus of your efforts, they are certainly worth a try.

Writing down your progress

In the old days, jobseekers used to write down their job progress – including who they have talked to, and where they have applied — in notebooks. These days, of course, you can do it on a computer, or online. The important thing is to make sure you keep track of what you have been doing.

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This is a guest post.  Lisa Swan writes for career coaching sites, including MeredithHaberfeld.com.

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