Calling Around to Find Job Listings: Good Idea or Not?
Are you looking to find a new job? If you are, you may be looking for a local job. One that doesn’t require working from home or one that doesn’t involve you having to relocate. When it comes to finding available job listings, you will soon see that you have a number of different options. Despite having a number of different options, there are many who decide to call around to local employers, to see if they are hiring. Before doing this, you are advised to examine the pros and cons of doing so.
When it comes to calling around to local employers to determine if they are hiring or not, the biggest pro or plus side to doing so is the time that it may be able to save you. If you weren’t able to place a call, you would likely have to visit the establishment in question, drop off a resume, or fill out a job application. This can take up a considerable amount of your time, especially if it turns out the employer in question isn’t even hiring right now. Yes, your application or resume may be saved for a later date, but you may consider the time spent to be a waste of time. Simply placing a phone call, before going through the application process, will be able to save you time. If the employer you contacted isn’t hiring, your time can be better spent focusing on those who are.
Although saving yourself time is nice, especially when you are in desperate need of finding a job, you will find that most employers don’t like being contacted just to see if they have any open job positions. In most cases, you will find that those who are hiring either take out a job listing in a local newspaper or on an online career hunting or job hunting website. Many employers actually find it to be a waste of their time to answer phone calls from hopeful job applicants. Many employers even get frustrated when they are hiring and hopeful applicants contact them for additional information. Many times, the individuals being contacted have other job responsibilities; responsibilities that need to be taken care of.
Since there are both pros and cons to contacting local employers to determine if they are hiring or not, you may want to use your best judgment. If you do decide to place a phone call to one of your local employers or to a number of them, go ahead and do so, but you may want to refrain from giving your name. This will help to keep you from being remembered as the person who couldn’t be bothered to come in and personally see if any jobs were available. Many employers associate this lack of motivation as being lazy and the last thing you want to be associated with is being lazy.
In short, if it is at all possible, you are advised to try and refrain from calling local employers to see if they are hiring. As stated above, many employers will advertise the fact that they are hiring, either by taking an advertisement out in a newspaper’s employment section, by using a career hunting or job hunting website, or by placing a now hiring sign in the window of their building. Looking for these signs or job listings is perhaps the best way to go about finding a good job, without having to risk making a bad impression.