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As reported by many sources, the job market keeps getting tighter and tighter. In most areas, the employer is having a difficult time finding the right people. On the other hand, there are pockets where the job market is not doing as well as expected. In these tough job markets, however, the jobs are out there; sometimes it just takes a little more work to find them. Below is a list of ideas on where job seekers can find jobs.

Apply Directly to an Employer. Select employers that interest you and obtain their address and phone numbers. Consider visiting the company with resume in hand or directly calling the company. In either case, if you don’t have a contact name, ask to speak to a hiring manager or Human Resources representative.

Network. Ask every friend, relative, teacher, former co-worker and casual acquaintance you have about job vacancies they may know about. Tell everyone you know or meet that you are job hunting. The more people trying to find you a job opportunity, the better your chances for success.

Check the Newspaper. The newspaper is often the first place job seekers look. While this can help you find out the types of jobs that are out there and some of the companies that may be hiring, it is not the most effective place to find a job. Since everyone can find out about these jobs, competition tends to be high.

Search the Internet. The Internet has an incredible number of job listings and job-related information. In addition to searching for jobs on the Internet, you can also post your resume and job application and wait for employers to contact you. However, just like the newspaper, there can be a lot of competition for these positions.

Consider Smaller Companies. Many new jobs will come from smaller growing companies, usually with fewer than 500 employees. Although larger employers are often more visible, well-known and aggressive in looking for employees, smaller companies may have the same positions. Focus on small companies that are expanding and projecting high growth; they can be easier to approach and contact than a large corporation.

Try Temporary Work. Working as a temp can provide you with valuable experience, contacts and references. Many times temporary jobs turn into permanent opportunities. Also, many staffing companies offer free training to increase your skills.

Consider Federal and Local Government Sources. The federal government has a huge amount of potential job search information available to you at little or no cost. Visit or call your local employment office and take advantage of the services they offer. IBI