Become a Detective – Look for Companies that Fit You

Finding a job that fits your skills, experience, and work preferences is a job in itself. You will need preparation, patience, and a viable plan.

Every jobseeker wants a successful conclusion to their search. These “Insider Tips” will help you execute your search. Use this checklist to find your new job faster.

Find Companies That Are Hiring

Make a list of companies where you’d like to work. Then research the company to determine if they are hiring. Don’t just look for job postings. Talk to people who work for the company. Read articles about the company in the local newspaper, business journals, or trade publications. Are they expanding? If so, they’ll likely be hiring in the future.

  • Local business journals can be a great way to find less well-known companies that are growing (and, therefore, hiring). Search “local business journal” or “(City) business journal” on Google, or check out The Business Journals.
  • The Yellow Pages (or online industry directories) can be a good source of potential employers. Want to work in a particular industry? Make a list of companies in the industry and then use your network, LinkedIn research, and direct contact with the prospective employers to find out if they are hiring.
  • Consider opportunities with start-up companies. Make contact with venture capitalists that are funding start-ups through sites like
  • Many companies are posting their job openings on their social media accounts. “Like” the company page on Facebook, “follow” them on Twitter, and check to see if they offer a company page on LinkedIn to follow.

I’m happy to have a conversation about my career management services to explore how I can help you “market your brilliance.” Feel free to contact me.

Wishing you great success with your career and life plans.

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Brenda Goburn Smith