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Six Unique Places to Look for Marketing Jobs

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[Article published by Raleigh area marketing group; web link no longer available.]

I’m an Indeed.com type of girl. It’s my go-to job aggregator. It pulls listings from all over the web, including other job boards and newspaper websites. But I’ve learned that not all employment listings are found by Indeed. Sometimes you need to do a little more digging to find the good ones.

Here are some other places to check out if you’re looking for a new job:

1. City and County Government Sites
Cities and counties don’t always have the most up-to-date websites, so their listings may not show up in search results. They also tend to post jobs for short periods of time and never advertise them elsewhere. I’ve seen and applied for jobs the same day the posting closed because I just happened to go to the site that afternoon. Now I try to check them weekly.

2. Trade Associations
Almost every industry has an association that supports its members through legal service and lobbying representation. Many of them have job boards where members can post openings. Some are password protected for members, but many are not. Search for an association in an industry you’d want to use your marketing skills in and see what turns up. You may even find an opening at the association itself.

3. Colleges & Universities
If you want to work in academia, go to the websites of local colleges. Some universities don’t advertise publicly or have listings compatible with aggregators, so their openings may not show up in searches. If it’s a school with several large departments, some may have postings on their own individual sites, so check those, too.

4. Staffing Agencies
Large employment agencies post on high traffic sites, but don’t forget to check out smaller agencies. I once applied for a position in marketing through a small staffing agency that specialized in technical jobs. The company who was hiring used the agency to staff their IT positions, but also got their help to fill other openings. I was able to get an interview because I was in a one of a dozen applicants instead one of a hundred. (I didn’t get the job, but I was their second choice.)

5. Newspapers
I’m not talking about your local newspaper’s web site, but the actual black-and-white-read-all-over print newspaper. Believe it or not, some people will place an ad in print but not online. If you’re interested in working in the tech field, that’s not probably going to be the case, but if you’re looking for a job at a small business, you might find something there you won’t find online. You may end up being their ideal candidate with all of your fancy digital marketing knowledge. Don’t forget to check alternative newspapers and weekly shoppers, too.

6. Your Dream Company
Ok, that should be a no-brainer. Think of the companies you’d like to work for and then go to their sites and see if there’s a “careers” section. You might find a listing that was never advertised publicly, or they may be the type of company who is always looking for new talent. Also check out their social media feeds. They may post openings on Facebook or Twitter.

Now you have six new places to look for marketing jobs. Happy job hunting!