It is easy to get caught up in the fact that there are a lot less jobs listed in the newspaper nowadays. However, this is more likely a sign that employers are increasingly advertising on job boards online, or not at all, than a sign that there are no jobs.
Priority one, then, is to put together a good, compelling resume in a digital format so that you can email it or use it for online job applications. If you are unsure of your current resume, have someone knowledgeable take a look at it for you and suggest changes. This can be someone who works in hiring or at the local unemployment office.
I would actually save your resume in two different formats– PDF for emails, and either as a Word doc or an RTF file. The latter two are able to parse into online applications for the most part, and PDF files do not change– so what you email is what the employer will get, and not something with crazy formatting. Parsing means that the company’s employment software will pull pertinent details into the application, so that means a lot less typing of the same information repeatedly.
There are lots of places to look for work online. If you do not have a computer and Internet access at home, you still have options for searching online. Almost every fast food business and coffee shop now offers Wi-Fi, so if you have a laptop, tablet or smartphone you can search there. If you do not have a portable device, make use of the public computers at the government job search offices and libraries.
Go beyond the Monster and CareerBuilder job boards, and look for boards in your niche…for instance, I have found great writing jobs on boards like freelancewritingjobs and writejobs. If you drive for a living or work in shipping services, JobsInLogistics is a good place to search. For sales people, SalesGravy or salescareers are good sites. Just go to Google and type in your job area, followed by “job boards” and you will find some targeted boards that employers love to use.
There are lots of other ways to find online job postings; another easy way is to look at aggregation sites. Two good ones to check are Indeed , which pulls jobs from the biggest job boards, and Linkup, which pulls ads directly from a company’s website.
Forums and online job groups on sites like LinkedIn and similar niche sites are great places to scour for mentions of job openings, because we all know that sometimes they are never advertised. Get to know people on these sites and build a good reputation so that you can ask for a referral when an appropriate opening is mentioned.
You can also do a Google search for the type of job you want; for instance, if you are looking for a machine operator job, type in “machine operator” AND job, Cleveland in the search box, and it will pull up lots of results to check into.
If there are certain companies that you are interested in working for, frequent the careers section of their site. Some will allow you to set up alerts and be emailed when new jobs are added.