Discover a mix of online and offline channels that can set you up for your next successful job hunt.

Looking for a new job can often feel like a full time job in itself. Perfecting your resume, CV or portfolio as well as the time spent searching for that perfect job can add up to long and stressful hours in your search for new employment. And with almost 80 per cent of jobs never being advertised, it’s important that you look for employment in the right places.

While internet job boards have helped searching evolve past circling classifieds in the daily newspaper, there are still many other options to explore both online and offline.

Here are some potential locations to find a job posting:

Online

Online Employment Sites

Websites such as Indeed, Monster, Workopolis and Eluta are some of the most popular places to look for employment in Canada. These job boards let you filter the jobs by industry, region and keywords. These sites are mostly used for job postings within a professional setting. Most sites also allow users to set up email alerts to notify job seekers about opportunities in their field.

Online Classifieds

Online classified sites like Craigslist and Kijiji allow individuals and companies to post free classified ads, including thousands of job opportunities. Like job boards, it is possible to filter your search to find industry and regional specific jobs, as well as create email alerts for opportunities in your industry. Online classified sites tend to cater to those looking for employment in skilled trades rather than an office setting.

School Job Boards

Almost every college and university will have some sort of job board associated with the school’s website. Often the opportunities you find on these boards will be exclusive to students, offering part time, internship and summer employment. If you are a student and are unsure where to find your school’s job board, you can usually get information from the school’s student association.

Social Media

Most job seekers are on social media, so why not leverage social networking sites during your job search? While LinkedIn is the most common social networking site for job searchers, there are plenty of social feeds set up to create awareness about job openings in different industries and cities.

For example, Eluta.ca has a twitter feed for job opportunities in different regions and industry, such as @PEI_Jobs, @Vancouver_Jobs, @Computing_Jobs or @Government_Job.

Many large companies such as Microsoft and SalesForce or municipal governments will also have specific feeds you can follow to stay up to date with job openings.

Offline

Newspaper Classifieds

Traditional newspaper classifieds are not just a thing of the past. While it is true that most employers have moved online to recruit candidates, newspapers are still a great place to look for local employment, temporary positions and part time work.

Community Boards

Don’t underestimate the power of the local community boards at neighbourhood facilities such as churches, libraries, grocery stores and community centres. Many local employers still post potential job opportunities on boards such as this, especially in smaller towns that may not have classifieds in their local paper or online.

Government / Job Support Programs

Sometimes a spiffy resume just isn’t enough when searching for a job and assistance from a third party source may be required. Not everyone has the money to spend on a paid placement service, but that doesn’t mean you are out of luck.

There are many employment assistance programs in Canada available through both the government and private organizations. Groups such as Job Start, YWCA and Job Bank are great resources for job seekers who need that helping hand in their search.

Word of Mouth

As previously mentioned, some believe that almost 80 per cent of jobs never get advertised. These opportunities often get filled through recruiters, internal promotions or networking.

When searching for a job, be sure to ask friends, family, previous coworkers or anyone else you can think of if they know of current openings. You never know who might have some useful information.

Bottom-Line

It can be a challenging process, but the most important thing to remember when job-hunting is to not give up! The opportunities are out there, just make sure you’re looking for them in the right places!