The Oregon Employment Department requires that job seekers make contact with employers every week. This means that they have to apply for work or discuss job openings with people in a position to hire them.
Some experts suggest that traditional methods of applying for work — submitting a resume in response to a job ad — are antiquated and ineffective. They say that if you want to land a job in today’s market, you need to be creative with your research and self-marketing.
How did you find a job that you wanted to keep? How do you think Oregonians make connections that result in job offers? If you’re an employer, how do you usually find people to hire?
- Gregg Griffin: Unemployed information systems analyst
- Carol Fuller: Unemployed administrative assistant
- Alexis Grant: Careers editor for US News & World Report
- Jaime Caldera: Welcome Team Supervisor for WorkSource Oregon’s Portland Central office