Local Job Search

Usually neglected in the big picture approach to job search is the fact that a local job network does have opportunities.

So does the local employment market.

Local job search is suitable for people who can't, or don't want, to move or do long commutes. (As a matter of fact, it can save a fortune in daily costs, too.)

Local job markets and employers are also a lot easier to access.

Applying for jobs is a difficult enough process without losing opportunities close to home.

Jobs are where you find them, and looking in just one place, particularly a big site with lots of time being used up, is no help. The more looking, the more chances.

Local jobs: An overview

You probably know the local employers and businesses pretty well, but people rarely know the employment market.

Local businesses generate employment on a respectable scale. Not all of them are visible, either. Every mid-sized town has some form of industry, usually several, and the local economy is often a lot bigger than it looks.

You already know the area, which is a big advantage. You have no difficulty in access or use of time.

Generally speaking, a basic education and skill set means you also have portable skills which will definitely translate into at least some of the jobs locally available.

Job sources and information

The basic local job environment is comprised of the same elements as the wider job market.

Hidden job market

In this case your local contacts are extremely useful. You can check out any information you get pretty easily.

Job search centres

Local job search centres are greatly undervalued. They should never be ignored as a source of work or information. They're there to help people find work, and always have at least a few new jobs. They're also useful for information about training or anything else you want to do to add to your skills.

They can save you a lot of time, problems and expense, simply by having local knowledge about the job market in their area.

Important point: Don't assume that the local job centres will just provide some sort of ritualized version of job search. They're part of an industry, and their range of services is a lot more advanced than it's given credit for. The consultants are also experts, and can tell you about opportunities which you may not have ever known existed.

Local businesses

These are consistent providers of jobs. Smaller businesses and mid sized businesses are sometimes completely overlooked as potential employers. There are always jobs available, in any local economy.

Local advertisers

The local job market isn't always obvious. Nor do most people know their local area very well. It's almost a 100% certainty that local job ads will show you businesses and employers you may not even have known existed. As a quick survey of local employment, they're quite invaluable.

With the local advertisers also comes local news. That may well be relevant to your job search. If you are aware of opportunities coming, you can be better prepared to use them.

Community groups

Any community group generates local activity, and a lot of that translates into work at some level. The community may have an action group for improving the state of the local parks, roads, schools, etc. That involves actual work, both administrative and practical on site work.

There may be a local Chamber of Commerce, Business Association, etc, which is an employer in its own right.

Community groups are also by definition a series of local contacts. You can find out more just by talking to someone than by hours of searching.

Local government

Local, state or regional government are particularly good in terms of locations available for work. They also cover a very wide range of forms of employment. It's easy to access their jobs information, and you can get advice on applications.

Your local contacts

You do know people in the area. They can save you time and provide information in a brief conversation. They can also give you advance information about work, before it's advertised.

You need people who have information about the local employers, obviously. Some of the local workforce will be well informed about jobs and what's happening with local employment.

They'll also know a lot more about local employers than a conventional check of online sources. Overall, local information about a workplace is usually more current, as well as first hand.

Online searches for local jobs

The trick is to use the location, or nearby locations, as search criteria. Some searches are overloaded with criteria, categories, and other irritations.

But including a location name in a search is a definite plus. Even the most advanced searches, which seem determined to provide you with more information than 20 people could ever need, can't avoid the search term.

A search like Accountant+ABCDville may just get a no results screen.

A search saying ABDCville, and not specifying a category, will get whatever's available.

Unless you live in a hugely built up area, the search results will be manageable. Just use your local knowledge to identify the area.

You can also refine the results a lot more easily after you've had a chance to see what's available in ABCDville.

Local job applications

There may or may not be an exact match in your job hunting to the sort of job you want or expect.

However, there will probably be related jobs, or jobs where you have skills that create a reasonably good match. Many skills are transferable, and so is experience. Don't be too worried about doing jobs that look different, but include a lot of your existing skills.

Anyway, you can always ask. The beauty of local jobs is that getting information is that much easier, and you can even check out the places personally.

Overall, local job applications are a lot easier to manage and organize. The basic time and motion economics are much simpler, and getting there isn't a major production.

Local Jobs- Summary

The fact is that local jobs can be very good, economically. Costs of transport are high, travel is a real ordeal in many big cities, and time is used in enormous amounts just commuting.

Local jobs can also provide some stability in the domestic/work equation, as well as drastically reducing costs. With commuting comes dislocation, and very demanding daily routines.

You can also check out local jobs a lot more effectively. You can see for yourself what the work is, the state of the workplace, and whether or not it's a modern work environment or something out of Charles Dickens.

There's one further point to be considered.

Traditional big city jobs are now on the downturn. They're on the way out.

A lot of employers are moving to external regional locations, because of massive costs. Maintaining large premises in the cities just isn't viable.

The big time city job of the present could well be the local job of the future.