9 Great Ways to Find a Job Without Networking
I read a great deal about getting a job through direct referrals. The NY Times has an article on companies using direct referrals for finding new employees. Forbes also had an article on the same subject. Networking for job seekers is important. I have written several articles that discuss the topic of networking directly into a company.
Some career coaches recommend that you limit yourself to a dozen companies where you really want to work and use a direct referral to get into those companies.
Companies do use direct referrals. As a contract recruiter, I have recruited for companies that also paid a referral fee to their employees for direct referrals. Direct referrals come into the company with a solid reference from a person the company knows. A company can evaluate the value of the referral based on the company’s knowledge of the person making the referral.
There are many opportunities that you will never find through your network alone.
Companies still use multiple resources for finding job applicants.
- Job boards
- Company websites
- Trade journals
- Internet want ads including newspapers and Craigslist
- Social Media News Feeds
- Press releases
- Internet search Engines
Using multiple resources to find a job can lead to a scattered search. Stay focused on jobs that are best for you. Pick companies that really interest you.
Unless you have unlimited time, don’t exhaust your network resources before you to turn to other resources for a job. If you really need a job, contact and build your network daily while also using the other resources on a daily basis.
I created the website Find Jobs using Google Custom Search. I find greater job search results using a search engine than using a job search website. The website also has search engines for finding companies, people, and salaries.