Monthly Archives: April 2012

Turn Your Job Search Into A People Search

by Sharon O’Toole, Workforce Consultant, Canyon County

When someone is looking for a job, they use a variety of ways to make contact with potential employers. Some are much more effective than others. Here’s the reality:

Methods that work for a few people:

  • Walking into places of business to inquire about hiring
  • Cold calling – calling companies
  • Direct Mail – making inquiries by mail or sending in unsolicited resumes
  • Filling out applications

Methods that work for about 25% of job-seekers:

  • Responding to job ads
  • Using staffing agencies

Method that works for everyone (if you know how):

  • Networking

Networking involves conducting a people search instead of a job search. Here’s how to tap the people you know that can help you turn your job search into a dream job:

Do a Self Evaluation: Identify your best strengths and your accomplishments and write them down. Think about what you like to do, what you are qualified to do. Don’t just think about skills you used at work. Think about skills and talents you developed in all situations including hobbies, volunteer work, school, clubs or groups or any other activities.

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FAQ Friday – About Those Required Federal Posters

Q: Do employers need to post all required federal posters at all company locations, or can they be posted at the main branch only?

A: Posting requirements vary by statute; that is, not all employers are covered by each of the U.S. Department of Labor’s statutes and may not be required to post a specific notice. For instance, some small businesses may not be covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act and would not be subject to the Act’s posting requirements. For information on coverage, visit the Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Business (elaws) Poster Advisor.  The posters are you are required to post must be posted at all locations and work sites where they are clearly accessible to all employees. The Idaho Department of Labor makes all posters available in English and Spanish and employers can downloaded them free of charge from our website at labor.idaho.gov.