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How to Do a Local Job Search

Local Job Search Tools

There are many online tools designed to find local jobs. There are dozens of job search sites; most of them allow you to narrow your search based on city or ZIP code. In some cases, you may have to go to an advanced search to access these geographic search options. Examples include and

There are several online classified ad sites, such as Craigslist, that have localized sites that include job postings. Your local newspaper may also put classified ads on its Web site.

Don't overlook the newspaper itself. Even if your newspaper puts classifieds online, there may be some classified ads that only appear in the print edition. Also take a look at smaller weekly newspapers -- you may get one delivered to your house for free every weekend. These newspapers derive their profits entirely from advertising, so many of them have more robust classified sections than the local daily newspaper.

Local job fairs offer another excellent place to meet potential employers. The businesses in attendance will usually be locally based or looking for local workers. They allow you to make a face-to-face impression, and sometimes companies even conduct interviews right at the job fair, condensing much of the job hunting process into a single day.

If you're looking for a job within a specific field, professional associations and unions often offer assistance in finding jobs or post openings in their newsletters. Trade publications have classified sections with job openings as well, but these may not be locally focused.

Most importantly, let your friends and family know you're looking for a job. An inside tip on an unpublished job opening or a good reference can give you a huge advantage in a competitive job market.

Next, we'll look at some helpful tips to make your job search go more smoothly.