The "Help Wanted" ads in newspapers list numerous jobs. Here are some tips for you to consider when using this approach:
- Realize that many other job openings are not listed, and that the classified ads sometimes do not give all of the important information.
- They may offer little or no description of the job, working conditions, or pay. Some ads do not identify the employer.
- They may simply give a post office box to which you can mail your résumé, making follow-up inquiries very difficult.
- Some ads offer out-of-town jobs; others advertise employment agencies rather than actual employment opportunities.
- Do not rely solely on the classifieds to find a job; follow other leads as well.
- Answer ads promptly, because openings may be filled quickly, even before the ad stops appearing in the paper.
- Read the ads every day, particularly the Sunday edition, which usually includes the most listings.
- Beware of "no experience necessary" ads. These ads often signal low wages, poor working conditions, or commission work.
- Keep a record of all ads to which you have responded, including the specific skills, educational background, and personal qualifications required for the position.