Tips for Using Job Ads
Where should you look for employment ads? What's the best way to respond to them once you find them?
- Search local and national job websites. Sign up to automatically receive an e-mail when new openings are listed.
- Research employers and check their websites for job openings. Many companies don't advertise jobs anywhere but on their own websites.
- Search association or industry websites that are related to your employment goals. Examples include the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association for jobs in marketing/promotion and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for jobs in the nonprofit sector.
- Use as many sources of ads as you can.
- Review the same sources regularly to find new listings when they are listed.
- Don't ignore "blind" ads (ads where you apply to a box number and do not know the employer's name). Many good jobs are listed as blind ads.
- Look at all of the jobs listed, not just those that fit your goal. You may find a company you're interested in, even if they haven't listed a job in your occupation.
Respond to Job Postings
- Respond to new openings as soon as possible.
- Research the employer and the job before you apply.
- Direct your application or resume and cover letter to a person by name. Avoid "To whom it may concern" or "Personnel Manager." Find the correct name and title to use from the company website or call and speak to a receptionist.
- If possible, deliver your application or resume in person and try to meet the person doing the hiring.
- Keep a log of where you apply, so that you don't apply for the same job over and over.
- After you apply, check back with the employer to ask for an interview.
Source: Creative Job Search, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.