10 simple job-search tactics that actually work

Sometimes, taking the road less traveled is the best way to land the job you really want.

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1. Don’t rely solely on popular job or internship sites. These are great resources that should certainly be used. However, some of the best jobs or internships aren’t posted. If there is an industry or company that appeals to you, pinpoint these companies. Apply directly to that organization and the decision maker, regardless of apparent openings. Your ability to illustrate how/why you would make an immediate impact on the organization is your way in the door.

2. Are you a recent or soon-to-be college graduate? If you didn’t begin informational interviews, start now. Many fiscal budgets may start in January or July, so companies might be amping up staffing during these months. Keep an eye on agency job sites, and offer to come for exploratory interviews now.

5. Get a name and send your résumé via snail mail. Yes, you should follow the procedure outlined by job sites or company career pages, which usually require you to apply online to careers@companyX. However, your best bet may be to use LinkedIn or even call the receptionist at an organization and get the real name of the person responsible for making hiring decisions and send them an actual print out of your materials.

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