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The Five Best Ways to Hunt for a Job

The statistics below are from Richard Bolles' best-selling job-hunting guide, What Color is Your Parachute. The success rates given assume that this is the only method you use. Obviously, if you combine several different methods, you will be likely to experience greater success.

  1. Asking for job-leads from family, friends and staff at career centers at your local community college or high school — 33% success rate at finding a job
  2. Knocking on the door of any employer, factory, or office that interest you, whether they are known to a have a vacancy or not — 47%
  3. Using the phone book's Yellow Pages to identify subjects or fields of interest to you and calling employers up in that field to ask if they are hiring for the type of position you can do — 69%
  4. Getting together with two or more fellow job hunters to form a support group and using the phone book to identify subjects or fields of interest to you and then calling employers listed in that field to ask if they are hiring for the type of position that you can do well — 84%
  5. Creative approaches to job hunting or career change — 86%
    (Click here for more information on some creative approaches to job hunting.)

(Note: #2, Knocking on doors, is actually more effective than #3, calling employers on the phone, if you are hunting for a job that requires manual labor such as truck driver, factory worker, construction worker or retail sales)

 

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