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New Post 3/14/2011 8:33 PM
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Five Ways to Generate Job Leads 
Modified By Adrian M.  on 3/14/2011 11:30:25 PM)

When you’re looking for a new job, it’s never enough to simply check newspapers and other publications—the local paper is no longer the best place to look, and many positions are filled without even being advertised, so it’s important to develop alternative methods of generating leads.

1. Networking

This might just be one of the most effective ways to find out what jobs are available in your field. Networking means making contact with family, friends and neighbors as well as work colleagues and associates. The more people who know you’re looking for a job, the better. This is such an important point that it’s good to create these kinds of contacts even if you’re not looking for a job—the contacts you make may benefit you in the future.

2. Professional and College Organizations

Most professions have organizations with web sites or publications that include job postings. Annual conferences can be great places to network and make professional contacts, too. If you have a degree, joining your college’s career or alumni association can be equally effective.

3. Cold Calling

Cold calling—and even “cold emailing” can still be an effective way of hunting down those “hidden” jobs that don’t get advertised. It’s often fairly time-consuming, however, since it involves creating a list of employers, researching each one (including the name of the hiring manager), and sending a cover letter and resume to the hiring manager for the relevant position.

4. Career Fairs

Job and career fairs are held fairly regularly, and many companies send one or two employees to these fairs to network and recruit the best candidates. Attending career fairs requires extensive preparation, since you’ll need to find out what companies will be sending people, research those companies, and then create strategies for actually getting to talk to their representatives. These are usually very crowded events, so you really want to make sure that they remember you, too.

5. Online Job Listings

Online job sites can be a great resource if you use them effectively and selectively - however, the larger sites are not always the best. In fact, a study carried out by iLogos Research suggests that many Fortune 500 companies tend to publish job ads on corporate careers sites rather than the larger job boards and many companies in the health care sector, as well as IT and other industries tend to use corporate sites too.

New Post 3/15/2011 10:31 PM
User is offline KJ
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Re: Five Ways to Generate Job Leads 
Modified By KJ  on 3/16/2011 12:31:46 AM)


Excellent points mate. I’d add another, which has helped me a lot with leads …
6. The opportunity file
While still gainfully employed consider the future and begin to collect information about job opportunities. Get a manila folder and collect paper clippings; or create a folder on a computer and copy snippets of information about opportunities. Eg. The manager of a logistics firm complains that their trucks sometimes return empty between depots – They’d most likely need a BA to record/review their scheduling processes. Newspaper article: A Financial Controller threatens a Consulting firm, who did not “understand” their business for a failed ERP implementation and s/he will now do an In-house implementation. They most likely need a BA to record/review their requirements (assuming it was one of the causes of failure). Prime Minister in Australia promises a carbon tax starting in 07/2012. Wonder what that opportunity might be ….
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