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Chapter II. Finding Job Openings
Other Sources of Job Leads
At the same time you consider personal sources, you will want to explore the usual channels of job information. From the many sources, you will have to select those most appropriate for you. Which ones they are will depend on the type of job you want, where you live and want to work, and the demand in your field.

Some of the best sources are listed below. Brief comments on their characteristics may help you choose the ones best suited to your needs.

State Employment Offices:

  • Have more listings in more occupational categories than any other source.
  • Know about job openings, even among employers who have not officially listed them.
  • Have many local offices conveniently located in your state.
  • Charge no fees.
  • Have daily contact with thousands of employers.
Note:The offices have different names in different states, for example, Employment Development Department, State Department of Labor, and Division of Career Services. You should be able to locate your state office in the phone book where your state's various departments are listed.
School or college placement services:

  • A productive source for professional openings.
  • Usually available only to students and alumni of the school.

Want ads in newspapers, professional journals, and trade magazines:

  • Provide a broad range of definite openings.
  • Analysis of the ads provides information about the extent of employment activity in your field throughout the country.
Industrial and craft unions:

  • Have exclusive hiring authority for some firms.
  • Each deals with a limited number of occupations.
  • Productive source for members, especially those with seniority.

Civil Service - City, County, State and Federal:

  • Fills jobs in a wide variety of professional, technical, craft and other occupations.
  • Positions are located throughout the country.
  • Jobs are filled on a merit basis as determined by results of examinations and ratings of experience.

Private employment agencies:

  • Usually specialize in selected occupations.
  • Some charge applicants a fee; others charge the employer.

Yellow pages, industrial directories, and Chambers of Commerce:

  • Sources of names of firms that employ workers in your field.
Professional Associations:

  • Useful for specialized occupations.

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