How Should I Actually Be Job Searching in 2024?

Job searching has evolved over time. If you’re still stuck in the past, you’ll have trouble finding the role of your dreams. Let’s take a look at some popular job search methods of the past, and then focus on the best ways to job hunt today.

Job Hunting Through the Decades

The process of looking for a job really didn’t change much for more than a century. You could go around town and look for Help Wanted signs. Or you could search through the job ads in your local newspaper. Many places even took walk-ins, where you could simply go inside and ask whether they were hiring. And if you were lucky, you might get to fill out a paper application on the spot.

Finding a Job in 2024

Today, you probably won’t see a paper application at all, and walk-ins are largely frowned upon. Even fast-food places and gas stations generally refer job seekers to their websites. Job searching today means taking advantage of technology.

You’ll want to start with online job boards and social recruiting platforms, but it’s best to look for those that are targeted to your industry. The massive job boards draw so many applicants that your resume is likely to get lost in the surge. LinkedIn can be a great place to find a job, but you’ll need to make sure you have a highly focused and frequently updated profile.

The Tried and True

Of course, some things never change. Networking has always been important for job seekers, but in today’s online marketplace, it is absolutely essential.

Another solid option that has been around for decades is your local staffing agency. We act as a sort of career matchmaker, pairing candidates with just the right open positions – even if you are returning to a previously held role. And we’ll even help you through the entire process, from updating your resume to nailing the interview. Best of all? These services are entirely free for job seekers.

Ready for your next role?

Cardinal Staffing has been matching candidates across Ohio and Michigan with just the right light industrial, administrative, and professional positions for nearly 30 years. With deep roots in these areas, we’re experts on the local job markets. Contact us to learn more or start searching for your next position today!