If you’re a current job seeker then you probably already know that finding a new position can be like finding a needle in a haystack. You will be required to search hard. To make things easier, this article identifies some of the best ways to find a new job in 2018. Obviously, the internet is the main place to look. However, we have listed some non-online options as well.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn’s popularity has opened up waves of opportunities for those seeking employment. Many companies advertise their positions on the platform, which is why it pays to have your profile up to date. In fact, the site will show users recommended jobs for their skills and location.

Employers will also directly contact quality candidates. Having a strong LinkedIn profile promotes your self-brand and can land you a position without even needing to apply.

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Word Of Mouth

Many job positions are simply filled by referral or someone else that the company already knows. Doing so makes sense because hiring someone you already know is better than hiring a stranger. Networking is key. Chances are you already have good friends working in a range of different companies. If any of these companies strike your interest, then get your buddy to either refer you to a position or put you in touch with the HR manager.

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Company Websites

Most companies have a “careers” section on their website, which lists current openings. Often you will be asked to set up a candidate profile before you can apply. You can also typically sign up for job alerts. These will be in the form of emails that show openings relevant to your skills, location, and availability. So, get on Google and start hunting.

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Application Sites

There are many job application center websites that list application forms for major companies. Instead of spending time navigating through dozens of different company sites, you can quickly shoot off applications all from one place. Doing so will save you a lot of time and hassle.

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Look at Location

There are various job platforms where you are likely to find an abundance of listings. Simply search the site for relevant positions in your area. By narrowing down your search, focusing on your location, industry, and salary, you may find the perfect job.

No profile is necessary to search and apply, however, setting one up is still recommended.  Doing so helps employers find you and allows you to save resumes and cover letters.

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In Person

Considering that it’s 2018, many companies prefer to hire via the internet. However, that’s not to say that you can’t go old-school. Simply showing up at a business and asking to speak to a manager can sometimes be all it takes to secure a new position. This technique often works best for hospitality, retail, and food service jobs.

Conclusion

Finding a job isn’t easy, but as long as you put in the hard work, you’re assured to find that perfect position eventually. These six tips should be a good starting point and will increase your chances of success.