It sucks to wake up every morning, knowing that you are not earning any money but your mere existence is consuming money.

Safe to say that money is the fuel for our continued existence, and even though money does not guarantee happiness, it pays for your basic needs and wants.

Keeping you less worried and happier than you would be if you had no money to cater to those needs.

Without any doubt, most people would agree that unemployment is up there with one of the worst evils that can befall an adult.

The process of searching for a job can be very exhausting.

It is much worse in 2020 due to the effect of the pandemic on the world’s economy, especially the United States.

Although the labor market is gradually recovering and the United States seems to be making an economic comeback, the current unemployment rate (8.4%) is still a far cry from what it was in February (3.8%), pre-COVID restrictions.

Working close to home makes you more productive at work, affords you time to explore your other interests and hobbies (since you would not be spending hours commuting), saves commuting costs, parking fees.

Whether you had your job impacted by COVID and you are searching for a new one, or you are a new job seeker, this guide on 5 ways to find a job near you is for you.


Utilize job search sites: Job search websites or employment websites are one of the most effective ways to land your local dream job.

These websites allow employers to post requirements for job openings that need to be occupied.

They also offer very helpful resources such as resume tailoring, career coaching, and lots of tips that would help your career and job search through their blog posts.

You can find job listings for jobs from anywhere on most job search engines, but to quickly find jobs near you, you should filter your search for jobs in your local area.

You can choose to narrow down your search by zip codes and/or distance from your home that you are willing to work.

Or better still target local job websites like Craigslist and Jobing to find a wider array of local jobs quicker and easier.

Here are some of the best job websites to visit if you are searching for a job in your location

  1. Indeed 
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Monster
  4. GlassDoor
  5. Craigslist
  6. Geebo
  7. Jobing

These websites have advanced search engine filters that let you search for jobs based on zip codes, city, state, etc.

Google helps you compile a list of job openings from numerous websites, and shows them to you.

Instead of going through the pain of searching on each website, you can filter your search by location, category, employer, date posted, etc.

Google even allows you to enable notifications for new job alerts. Just google “Jobs” or “Jobs near me” to get started.


Network with People Near You: A study by Forbes indicated that 64% of marketing executives believe that word of mouth is the most effective form of marketing and advertisement.

This is why it is imperative that you leverage your network and talk to your connections about your job search.

They might know about some job openings that you do not know about because many of the best job openings are never advertised, applicants find out about them through word of mouth from insiders.

Or they can also help you be on the lookout for local job openings.

Your network can include friends, families, neighbors, professional contacts: ex-bosses and ex co-workers.

And the larger your network, the better your chances.

Here are some ways to network with more people:

  1. Attend local events
  2. Connect with professionals in your field, online, and in person.
  3. Social media platforms like LinkedIn, local and professional Facebook groups, and Twitter.


Attending Job/Career Fairs: A job fair or career expo is an event in which employers network with their potential employees.

Job fairs are usually organized for entry-level job openings, i.e. college graduates.

Job seekers attend job fairs to get information about the job openings and to make a good impression on potential employers and co-workers.

At job fairs, you must treat your conversations with potential employers like mini-interviews, to stand out from other applicants.

Things to do before attending a job fair:

  1. Read the promotional material and find out the organizations that would be present at the fair.
  2. Do your research on the organizations and find those that interest you.
  3. Prepare your business cards and resumes.
  4. Prepare for a possible interview because some organizations may decide to hold interviews on-site for eligible applicants.
  5. Practice selling yourself.

Usually, the organizations present at the fair are in close proximity to the venue of the fair, so you can rest assured that you would be getting a job near you.


Join an Alumni Association: Works best when your alma mater is in the same town or city where you are job hunting.

You should be able to connect with your school’s alumni association through the university website.

Alumni Associations are a great source of networking and professional development and they may host local events that would benefit your career.

If your job was impacted by the pandemic, you could find other alumni going through a similar situation as you, and you can help each other’s professional growth.


Make use of State Resources: Most states usually have job search and employment resources that are specific to each state, to help you land a job locally.

Find out the resources available for your state or city. Also, visit your local Chamber of Commerce website for more local job listings

Due to the spike in the rate of unemployment, the current market is quite competitive. There are more applicants and lesser job openings in this period. So, if you are job hunting at a time like this you might need to explore every option possible.

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