Three ways to find work (without going online)


job page on newspaperWhile the internet is a great resource for job seekers, trawling webpages for interesting job posts and endlessly filling out application forms can grow tiring, especially if you don’t seem to be having much success. Luckily, the internet isn’t the only place you can find work. If you’re fed up with being unemployed and searching for jobs on Google, give these additional techniques a try…

Phone a friend

One of the main reasons why it’s so important to stay in touch with old colleagues and professional acquaintances is so that you can call on them when you need a favour! Whether they know of a position about to become available within the company they work for or have heard of a job going through a friend of a friend, it can’t hurt to try your luck and phone a friend to see if they can help. As long as they know you would do the same for them, they are more than likely to be happy to help you find work as much as they can. If they can’t, you’ll still be in their minds when they do eventually hear of something.

Check the papers

Believe it or not, you will still find job postings in the back of the newspaper. Some companies prefer to advertise their positions in print rather than online to target a certain audience, so don’t be surprised if you stumble across a number of positions you haven’t seen elsewhere. Checking your local paper for local jobs is worth doing as the number of applications is likely to be lower – increasing your chance of an interview – while national papers will often post a mix of both exclusive and general job positions. Keep an eye out for news of expansion or acquisition amongst businesses in your industry, too, as such companies will be looking to recruit sooner rather than later. Get in there before they advertise to give yourself the best chance of being considered for a potential role.

Furthermore, local, national and trade publications will often introduce you to sector-specific recruitment agencies you may not have previously come across – a great way to get your foot in the door.

Knock on the door

If you’re tired of sending out dozens of CVs a day and not getting any response, why not take your CV to the employers to ensure that they definitely received it? Most companies will receive hundreds of CVs each week so if you want to ensure yours is seen, delivering it in person is a sure-fire way to do so. No need to make an appointment, simply turn up at the office and either leave your CV in an envelope with the employer’s name on with a receptionist or go one step further and ask if they’re available for a quick chat. It can’t hurt, can it?

Find work networking

While the above is an effective means of making an impression with smaller businesses and startups, it might not always work with larger, more established businesses. If you wish to wrangle some face time with these employers, try to attend industry events and exhibitions where possible – not only will you gain the opportunity to network but potential employers will likely be impressed by your nous and commitment.

Job seeking is often hard work and can be a daunting task. Career Coaching and professional job search support can help you to assess your options, identify opportunities and ensure you present yourself in the best way possible to stand out from the crowd, impress potential employers and find work.

If you are looking to make your first step on the career ladder, return to work or implement a career change then contact us and let us help you move on.

Renovo is one of the UK’s leading providers of outplacement and career transition support. We work with both organisations and individuals to support all their career transition requirements. If you would like to understand how Renovo can help you please call 0800 612 2011 or email

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