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You don't have to wait for a job to be listed in paper, or even posted on company board, to apply for work at a company.
Go through phone book and make a list of companies you'd like to work for. Call and ask if there are any positions available. Ask for name of human resources manager or individual in charge of hiring for area you are applying to.
Send a resume and direct it to person in charge of hiring. Write a cover letter that expresses your interest in company and why you'd like to work for them. Follow up several days later and ask for individual. Tell them you're checking to see that they received your resume and ask if there are any positions that may become available.
If they are not hiring suggest you'll check back at another time. Often positions are made available unexpectedly and by keeping in contact (without pestering) you may be first person that comes to mind.
This is not a secret. If you're not taking advantage, someone else will. You can't afford to miss out on making yourself known to employers BEFORE job posting is made public.
Accessing this hidden job market may open up opportunities you never thought possible. By staying one step ahead of other job searchers you can be sure that your new job is just around corner!
Roger Clark is senior editor at Top Career Resumes who provide free information to job seekers on all aspects of finding a new job and Medical Health News where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.