Has your job search seemed to hit a dead end? It might be a matter of where you're looking. If you're only using LinkedIn and job-listing websites, you're missing out on valuable resources to learn about employment opportunities. Career experts shared their thoughts on the best unlikely places to find a job.
Your alma mater
Though your college days may be behind you, the connections you made there could still prove to be useful in your job hunt. Jane Trnka, executive director of the Career Development Center at Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business, noted that many colleges allow their alumni to use the career services department job board. She also recommended taking the time to catch up with people from your school community.
"Connect with friends, former classmates and co-workers, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters, etc.," Trnka said. "People will provide information on companies you may already know about, and insight on ones you had never heard of." [8 Best Job Search Apps]
Twitter is much more than just a place to share links, follow celebrities and influencers, and talk about your favorite pop culture moments in 140 characters or less. If you use it right, you may also be able to get a job.
"Many companies have dedicated Twitter feeds that promote their career opportunities," said Diane Domeyer, executive director of The Creative Group staffing company. "You can follow employees at organizations you're targeting and even connect directly with recruiters."
Public Facebook groups devoted to your industry can be a great way to network and meet professionals in the field, any of whom might know of a job opening you can apply to. But don't underestimate the power of friends of friends, said Christa Shapiro, regional vice president of Adecco Staffing.
"If you're looking for a job, post it on Facebook," she told Business News Daily. "Put your ego aside and let it be out there that you're aggressively looking for a job. Share your skill set and experience [in your post] and engage as many people as you can in your search."
Shapiro said this same tactic can work on Twitter as well, especially if any industry professionals are connected with you or your followers.
Industry-specific websites, forums and publications can be an excellent place to discover new organizations, especially since some of them list job openings on trade sites.
"Some of the jobs may be out of date, but you can use the information to research and determine if the organization is one you'd like to pursue," Trnka said.
Once you've identified companies you want to work for, you can reach out to them directly through their websites.