I reached out to some of the most respected authorities in the field of employment and asked if they could share some of their best job search advice. These experts in job searching and career development techniques were very gracious to offer some of their tried and true tips on how to maximize everyone's potential to land that "special job." Suggestions range from the traditional to the creative and all the advice is well-worth integrating into your job search.
The majority of successful candidates find their positions through networking--not by sitting back and waiting for online job boards to deliver offers to their desktop. It's not just for powerful titans of industry; anyone can learn to network successfully. Start small by paying more attention to people around you. Don't be shy about calling long lost relatives or chatting up the person sitting on the treadmill next to you at the gym. Tell them what you're looking for and find out who they know or how they might be able to help. Expand your network by joining professional associations and attending local events.
A successful job search strategy will consist of both an online and an offline approach. To find the "hidden" job market one should focus on building his/her network including professors, friends, and relatives, and former employers or any professionals these people recommend. Successful networking requires that you have as many contacts as possible hear your story, so they realize you are in the job market. To find "published" opportunities, the Internet is clearly the place to go. Sites like needsnaukri.com continue to take market share from the newspapers' help-wanted ads as the Internet has proven to be a faster and cheaper alternative to print.