In a recent meeting with a local job searcher I was asked, “How do I find local job listings in my area?” he was not referring to the large online job boards but want to know some other ways of tapping into job openings for smaller companies that may not advertise on either CareerBuilder or Monster. We ended up having a great discussion and I think the topic is worthy of a more detailed post on the blog.
You have probably heard me say a lot that you should not focus most of your attention on just the major job boards. The reason I am so passionate about this is because for years I have heard candidates tell me that there just isn’t any jobs out there. When I ask them to tell me what their job search strategy is they usually tell me that they pay attention to the major job boards and also wait for recruiters to call them about an opening. You need to be more active then that. There are too many good resources online for you to limit yourself.
3 Ways to Find Local Job Listings in My Area
Use “Watch That Page” to monitor local company job boards. I always advise clients to take some time to build up a large company listing when starting out there job search. I am surprised at how many professionals are not even aware of most of the companies that exist in their local area. There are a few ways that you can do this. One simple way is to use Wikipedia. Just do a search for list of companies and your city name. I also like to use a book called the Book of Lists. It is put out by the Business Journal and they always have a full listing of local companies. Once you have your list, visit the webpage of these companies and see if they have a company job board. If they do, you can grab the URL of the webpage and paste it into watchthatpage.com. Then, watch that page will email you the moment those pages update any new information.
Find online listings from your local newspaper.Another way to find local job listings in your area is to see if any of your local newspapers have an online job board. One in my local area listed not only the jobs that they posted in the Sunday paper, but they also had a few web only job listings that they were allowing employers to purchase at a discount. I am not s aging that every local paper operates the way, but nonetheless you might discover some more job openings this way.
Go to LocalJobBoard.com and grab the RSS feed. The last strategy the I want to share with you starts with using localjobboard.com to find out what job openings are in your area. Once you find the page that has your local jobs you can scroll to the bottom of the page and find the link for the rss feed. From there, paste the link into google reader and now you can see any of the new local job listings as they come available.
Take the above actions and you will begin to see new available positions that you would not know existed else wise.
- Best Way to Find a Job – Job Search Networking 101 (CPACareerCoach.com)
- Are Jobs on Craigslist Worth My Time? (CPACareerCoach.com)
- Where You Should Spend Your Time in a Job Search (CPACareerCoach.com)
- Maximizing a Job Search By Using Local and Niche Job Boards and Search Engines (biojobblog.com)