5 ways you can look for job opportunities

Here are five ways to find job opportunities.

The Christmas season is a great time to look for a job. Many companies are hiring for casual roles, which helps you get a foot in the door of an industry, and also build-up a repertoire of experience for your resume.

It's also a time when students such as yourself have either finished studying or are on summer break. With all this free time, you might as well jump on the career bandwagon and earn some money along the way!

Unfortunately, for many, it's much easier said than done to just get a job. You have to tailor your resume in just the right way, and also proceed through the interview hiring stages. It all starts with keeping your eyes and ears open – here are five ways you can look for job opportunities.

1. Job recruitment sites

There are a lot of job search websites out there.There are a lot of job search websites out there.

We live in a digital age, and so, it's natural to reach towards your laptop or tablet to start searching for jobs online. From TradeMe to Seek, you'll need to dedicate time to browse through them all to find jobs suited to your skills. In fact, Seek listings in New Zealand are increasing each year, meaning more opportunities for someone like you.

These general job websites aren't your only options. Venture further and have a look at options on industry specific sites. It's all about how much time you invest in your search on a regular basis. These sites are constantly updated, so don't be disheartened and keep the website bookmarked to check routinely.

2. Recruitment agency

Many companies hire exclusively through a recruitment agency.

We've talked about recruitment agencies before in a previous blog post so we'll keep this brief. The main benefits of going to an agency to find work opportunities are that it's a free service to you, and you'll also have the reputation of the agency backing you.

You may also have access to roles in many companies who only hire exclusively through a certain recruitment agency. 

3. Community notice boards/newspapers

This is a bit of an old-school approach, but it worked for the older generations before technology grew to be so mainstream! 

Not everyone is as tech-savvy as you may be, and so, may take to advertising on the local community board or even in a newspaper. Many supermarkets in New Zealand offer a notice board as well, and there will be job opportunities occasionally – it'll only take a few extra minutes to check after buying your groceries!

4. Face-to-face

Print out physical copies of your resume to hand out to businesses.Print out physical copies of your resume to hand out to businesses.

It's time to dust off that printer, because you're going on a field trip! Print off a few copies of your resume and pop into places to drop them off.

This method of job hunting is more suited to casual or part-time work in retail stores, restaurants and cafes. However, no one said you had to stop there – pop into businesses such as hotels or tourist centres and leave a copy of your resume. Even if there are no jobs currently available, they'll have your C.V. on hand, ready to be reviewed when a role opens.

5. Email them

For jobs that help to build your career, you may not be able to visit their office directly to drop off a resume. Instead, email them a digital copy, briefly outlining your skills and what you are after. It's a more unorthodox approach to seeking a job, but as it so happens, a business may create an internship just for you or have just not advertised an open role yet.

This is just one of the many out-of-the-box ways you can search for available work opportunities. There's no hard and fast rule about how to apply for a job, and by exploring all these avenues, hopefully your efforts will pay off sooner rather than later.

For more career advice or job hunting support, you can contact the team at Auckland Institute of Studies.