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With the Right Job Search You Can Find 80% More Jobs!

With less and less jobs being advertised in traditional ways, you need to know where to look for vacancies. Here's advice on carrying out an effective job search so you find the 80% of jobs others miss and maximize your chances of getting hired.

Ways To Find Jobs

Read on and you'll discover how to find a job by:

  • Searching online effectively
  • Visiting employers in person
  • Using recruitment agencies
  • Attending career or job fairs
  • Cold-calling employers by phone
  • Sending speculative cover letters, resumes and CVs
  • Looking through newspaper job classifieds
  • Social/professional networking

How To Prepare For Your Job Search

Whatever your job situation, taking time to prepare before starting your job hunt is time well spent. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I have a professional, up-to-date CV or resume?
  • If I'm interested in different types of jobs, do I have a separate CV or resume for each?
  • Do I have draft cover letters to hand, one for advertised positions and one for speculative enquiries?
  • Have I approached the right people about providing references?
  • If you can't answer "yes" to these questions, we recommend you go back a step and read about:
  • Resumes and CVs
  • Cover Letters

If you can answer "yes", you're ready to start job hunting....

Begin Your Job Search

Here's information on each of the job hunting methods we mentioned at the start. Use the one or ones which best suit you.

Personal visits, phone calls and letters

These are the least used but most effective ways to find jobs, especially the 80% of jobs not advertised. So here's information about visiting employers in person to find a job including 9 Top Tips for personal visit success and what outcomes to expect and how to handle them.

If you'd rather make a phone call than visit, here's what you need to know about cold-calling employers by phone to find jobs.

And if you prefer to write, discover how to use speculative cover letters, resumes and CVs to find work.

Using Recruitment Agencies

Many people find good jobs through employment agencies and it's a employment search method worth considering. To help you decide if it's right for you, here's information about using a recruitment agency including the pros and cons of using a job agency and 9 Top Tips for employment agency success.

Career and Job Fairs

Many school and college leavers find good jobs through career or job fairs so here's information about attending career or job fairs as well as 7 Top Tips for job fair success.

Finding Jobs Online

With an estimated 3.5 million new jobs posted each month, and with between 40-80% of employers now searching for candidates online, searching the web for a job is possibly one of the best ways to invest your time. To help you here's a list of job websites/engines and tips on using online job engines.

Social/Professional Networking

Many people use LinkedIn to find good jobs, while others like to use GooglePlus or Facebook. All are worth a look as part of your job search portfolio.


Looking through job classifieds in local and national papers is still a good way to find some great jobs, so include this method in your job hunting too.

You'll realize there's a lot to read and if you're short of time, you can always download or print our Job Hunting Guide instead.

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