Is it still worth looking for job ads in newspapers and industry magazines?

Yes. Print ads are by no means dead, even if sitting at your kitchen table furiously decorating newspapers with rings of ink is a thing of the past. As much as the Internet has revolutionised job hunting, the savvy jobseeker covers all his or her bases by using every avenue available, including traditional media. 

Job vacancies are advertised in all kinds of publications ranging from national daily newspapers to local papers and newsletters. Several national papers specialise in different sectors on different days of the week, and that day’s paper will be the place to go for opportunities in that particular sector. Find out which papers dedicate days to the field you’re interested in across all the papers, and get hold of the appropriate issues.

There are also regional and national papers that specialise in job advertisements. The best way to find them is to see what’s on offer on the shelves of a decent-sized local newsagents. (To be sure you’ve got them all covered ask the newsagent as well.)

Trade journals and magazines dealing with your industry or profession are another source of ads, and it may be worth subscribing to these publications to keep your eye on what’s available. These magazines will also help you keep abreast of what’s going on in the industry, providing some idea of which organisations are in the process of expansion and may therefore be looking for new staff. In that kind of situation, a polite phone call, email or well-crafted letter offering your services can sometimes yield results.

Depending on the kind of work you’re aiming for, your local Jobcentre Plus could also be well worth a visit. 

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