Secrets of the Job Hunt


Monday, February 25, 2008

Jobs in My Area

Everyone has, at one point or another, asked themselves "what kind of jobs are in my area?" Whether actually looking for a new position or not, it is important to keep up to date on this sort of information, especially in times of economic uncertainty. With talk of a national recession, many who fully believe their job are secure could end up unemployed with little to no warning. Those who have kept abreast of what jobs are in their area will have an easier time finding new employment.

Staying well informed about local employers' hiring needs doesn’t mean that you have to constantly Google search "jobs in my area" or anything that time consuming. In fact it can be done almost passively. For starters, Myspace has teamed up with Simply Hired to provide users with a small widget on their each personal main page that lists jobs in their area. Click on edit and type in your industry or specific job title. Now you're all set to be casually reminded about whose hiring in your city. Every now and then, take a few moments to look over what the opportunities surrounding you are. Other social networking sites are also beginning to make this available to their users, so you're not limited to Myspace alone.

Another way to stay on top of what employers are looking for in your area is to sign up for job alerts. Many job search engines allow users to sign up for e-mails that will let them know when job listings for specified industries or titles are posted. Even if you aren't looking for new employment at the moment, these notifications can come in handy later on. It doesn't take much effort to create a separate folder to store them in so that they can be accessed when needed.

Staying in touch with your social network can lend a big hand towards being knowledgeable about your area's job market. Since people love to talk about their lives, which usually involve family and work, many little bits of information will be passes your way simply by carrying on discussions with those whose company you already enjoy. When the topic of work is brought up, simply ask a few questions that direct the conversation in a direction that allows you access to the information you need.

Not only does staying well informed about the jobs available in your area help out when it comes to search for new employment; it can also give you a good idea about your particular career's outlook in your hometown.

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