Find Job Opportunities Offline as Well as Online
A complete job search includes looking for job opportunities offline as well as online.
will include job search methods such as job fairs, recruiters,
newspapers and more. As a hiring manager, I use these methods to find
job applicants. As a potential job applicant, you should also use them
to find job opportunities.
Here are the primary offline methods for finding jobs, in order of importance:
- Printed newspaper help wanted classifieds
- Job fairs
- Temporary agencies
- Apply in person
Are you surprised at the order?
– we're talking about rank-and-file jobs, not executive jobs. For
executive jobs the order would be very different and some items
wouldn't be on the list at all. But that's a discussion for some other
There is one important point to remember when seeking
job opportunities offline: many of the job openings you find offline
will also be online somewhere, either now or in the past.
example, job openings that appear in the printed newspaper will almost
always also be shown in the online want ads for that newspaper because
it's usually more cost effective to display job openings in both.
job fairs, the jobs that companies are looking for will also frequently
be posted on their web site or will have appeared in an online job
site. Many companies go to the trouble of setting up at job fairs only
because they have jobs they haven't been able to fill after exhausting
However, don't ignore the offline methods for job searching just because you're doing an exceptionally thorough online job search.
Many entry level and clerical jobs, especially for small companies,
will only appear in the newspaper classifieds, so be sure to cover all
the bases with your employment search.