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Let’s face it; job hunting is no easy task, especially with many companies reworking their policies. There are jobs to be had out there; you just need to know where to look for them. Below is a list of five ways to finding a job that will help get you going in the right direction so that you can get back in the working world in no time at all.

1. The classified ads in the local newspaper. This is still one of the top ways for employers to get word out that they are hiring. The only difference is that most employers prefer that you fax or email your resume into them rather then showing up to fill out an application in person. This lets them get a sneak peak at their potential employees and then see only the ones that they are interested in.
2. The Internet offers virtual classified ads on jobs located all over the world. Many companies prefer to post their open positions via the Internet as they can reach many more people then they would if they just posted a local advertisement in the newspaper. Most of the jobs posted on the World Wide Web will allow you to fill out the application right from your computer as well as sending in your resume and any letters of recommendation. In some cases, businesses will have aptitude tests to see if you have the skills that they are looking for.
3. Word of mouth can still help you get your foot in the door. Many companies offer a referral program for their current employees which will offer them a bonus if they can help to fill an open position. Generally the new employee as well as the current one will get a bonus after a certain time frame has passed.
4. The old fashioned way of showing up in person still has its perks. By showing up at a company when their doors open, first thing in the morning, you can show the company that you can be punctual and professional. This is your one chance to make a great first impression so you will want to dress for success and brush up on your knowledge of the company and what they offer.
5. Temporary agencies can help you to get into those companies that never seem to have an opening. More and more companies are going with a temp agency to help filter out unwanted candidates. Some companies do their hiring exclusively through temporary agencies. There are many people that do not think of going through a temp agency as they believe that the only jobs obtainable through these agencies are only temporary, but that is not the case. They offer temporary jobs, permanent jobs, and contract jobs. You can actually be a full time employee with an agency as they can offer you benefits and full time work filling in at various companies for short term jobs.

Looking for a job is not as difficult as you may think it is. You just need to know where to look. By going through the methods above, you will find that you will have your foot in the door with a promising job, in no time at all. Keep your resume direct and to the point and dress for success.

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