TO SOURCE OUT EMPLOYERS
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hiring or employment agencies, there are contracting outfits but, the
time efficient and most cost effective way of tracking a prospective
is to visit your local library. There is a wealth of information at
finger tips. This will also assist in developing your resume', of which
I will get into later.
The reference section of your library has trade publications and trade registries. The registries will give you the names of companies, phone numbers and fax numbers, addresses and contact names, as well as a brief rundown on the companies themselves. The directories are categorized by industry and by geographical location. Kind of like a telephone book of the world that goes many steps further. This may prove to be very helpful in selecting as well as finding the right employer for you.
If you're the fussy type that likes everything at arms length you can send away to a publisher for a copy of their catalogue and order what registries you want to have on hand if your library is not well stocked as may be the case in a small community.
The trade publications (registries) from time to time have stories and advertisements from different companies. These provide insight into the companies latest ventures. Usually if there is an expansion going on, they want the world to know about it. This means you will know about the job opportunities long before they start to hire full time staff. This gives you a jump on the competition and a very strong advantage when it comes to sending in a resume', being interviewed and being hired. You can find yourself with a job offer before they even start advertising for positions.
The best jobs and the easiest to acquire are the ones that haven't hit the news papers yet. Quite often this approach bags you a job because it makes some one else's job that much easier. It makes them look good too, if they can pick up a prize like a P.E.T. or Stationary Engineer. Not only that but, you will generate an impression with them that you are a person with initiative and ambition above and beyond the average person. It also will polish their egos to know you picked their name out of the registry above all the others, or at least you may want them to think that for as long as it's of value.
Chances are, if they are hiring, they are going to call you first. As a result you will have a greater opportunity to meet people in the organization so you may develop a rapport with them. This way you can keep in touch with them by making the odd social call. Don't push this approach too far. You want to keep it light and easy. If you play your cards right this will give you three or four kicks at the cat rather than just one.
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