Author: Laura K Reynolds Career Coach

Hi Everyone! I’ve been in recruiting for 20 years. During that time I’ve recruited thousands of professionals in all kinds of professions at all levels of the company. From administrative assistants to CFO’s. From individual contributors to managers and directors. I’ve also been a recruiting manager. I’ve worked in a start-up, mid-sized companies all the way to a Fortune 500 company representing many different industries including medical device, aerospace, manufacturing, science, and insurance. From working on the inside I can share the tips and tricks that will get your foot in the door. Over the years I’ve coached professionals on what to say and not to say in an interview. I’ve looked at thousands of resumes and can advise you on what you should have in your resume to get you noticed and what will get you screened out. I can advise you on how to conduct your career search to get that next job. In addition, I've used social media to locate those perfect candidates and can help you update your social media to enhance your chance of being found. When you get your offer, I can help you negotiate your offer, too. I've negotiated hundreds of offers. Check out my 'Services' tab on my website as well as the 'Courses' I offer. I look forward to helping you get your job and progress in your career. Thank you for stopping by. Laura

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #16 Temp

If you’re having a difficult time finding a job or just recently left a job and beginning your search, consider working a temp assignment(s).  Working as a temporary employee at a company has many benefits as I describe below. I’m always amazed when people say they don’t want to work temp because they’re looking for full-time job only to find out that they’ve been looking for a full-time job for months.

Do you consider yourself a good worker? If so, I will guarantee that you will find a full-time job if you work temp.

What does it mean to be a temporary worker? 

It means that you’re employed for a specific amount of time ex. a couple of weeks, a few months, a year.  You’re not an employee of the company but rather an employee of the employment agency that places you at the company. It also means that you don’t get benefits through the company; however, some employment agencies offer benefits after you work a certain number of hours.

It used to be that doing temp work meant doing grunt work and the reason so many people didn’t want to work as a temp.  That’s not the case anymore.  Companies hire temps for many reasons.  Sometimes they have projects that need to get done and they don’t have enough full-time staff. So they hire temps to help them meet their deadlines. Current employees get sick or sometimes go out on leave and the company needs someone to fill in.  Then there are seasonal jobs, like at the end of the year for the holidays.

Here’s a little known secret. Many companies specifically hire temps expecting that they will bring them on full-time.  Sometimes you’ll know upfront that the company is planning on hiring the position full-time if you’re being hired under a temp-to-hire arrangement. Normally as a temp-to-hire, the company will convert a temp to full-time after 90 days.

Benefits of working temp

Following are some of the benefits of working a temp job:

  1. Ability to see if you will like the job – I think it would be great if we could all try the job for 30 days before deciding if it’s something we want to do.  Perhaps there wouldn’t be as much turnover.  Working as a temp is an awesome way to see if you want to do that job. If you don’t, at the end of the assignment just say thanks and move on.  Be sure to stay to the end of the assignment though before leaving.  You don’t want to get a reputation of not being reliable.
  2. Ability to see if you will like the team – Working temp gives you the opportunity to meet your team members.  It might be that you decide you don’t fit in with the team.  There’s nothing worse than taking a job and realizing that you don’t like the people or they don’t like you.
  3. Ability to see if you like the company – Fitting in with the company culture is one of the main reasons people either stay at a company or decide to leave.  As you’re working your temp assignment ask questions about what it’s like to work for the company.  Does the company treat employees well and whether the other employees like working there.
  4. Will you like the commute – If it’s a long commute to the temp job it will give you an idea whether or not you want to do the drive every day.
  5. Provide extra cash while you continue to look for a full-time job – Savings running low? Work a temp assignment. It’s stressful enough looking for another job. But if your money is running low, you might end up taking the first job that comes along. Working temp will give you some extra cash until you find the job that’s the right fit for you.
  6. Gives you something to put on your resume – Even though you’re looking for a full-time job, working temp will allow you to avoid having long stretches of unemployment on your resume.  Companies like to see that you were willing to stay busy.

How to go about finding a temp assignment

While some companies might hire a temp direct, the majority of companies use employment agencies.  So how do you go about finding an agency to represent you?  It’s easy really.  There are thousands of employment agencies.

Following are some ways to go about finding an agency:

  1. Conduct an internet search – Go to your favorite browser and type in ‘list of employment agencies’, or ’employment agencies near me’.   You can also type in ‘best employment agencies in (city).’ If you want to find agencies specifically in your city.
  2. Chamber of commerce – Many local agencies register with the chamber of commerce.  Go to your local chamber website and search the list of businesses.
  3. Career fairs – Some agencies normally have a booth at the local career fairs.
  4. Job Postings – As you search for a job on-line, you’ll notice that many jobs are posted by employment agencies.  The type of job posted gives you a good idea whether the agency represents someone with your skills.

In the industry, there are certain temporary agencies that have a nationwide presence and are commonly known.  They include:


Kelly Services


Robert Half

Before you let an agency represent you, you’ll want to do a little homework.  It’s important to know if the agency is the right one for you.  Following are some questions to ask the agency:

  • What type of professionals do you represent? – Make sure they represent someone with your skills.
  • Do you place people in temporary assignments? – Some agencies only place people on what’s called direct hires…basically full-time jobs.
  • Do you offer benefits to temporary workers? – Find out how many hours you would have to work to qualify for benefits.
  • Who pays your fees? – Only work with agencies where the company pays the fee.
  • How many temp assignments have you placed in the last six months for professionals with my type of skills? – If it’s only been one or two it might mean that they aren’t the best agency for you to go with.
  • How long have you been in business? – If it’s under a year, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work with them they just may not have built up their client portfolio yet.  It might take longer for them to contact you with a job.

I recommend signing up with at least three agencies.  More than that and you could have the agencies getting into situations where more than one agency submits your resume to the same company.  You might think that’s great but this puts the responsibility on the company to decide which agency got your resume there first.  Companies don’t like getting in the middle of a tug-of-war over a candidate.  They just as soon not speak to you and move on to the next candidate.

Registering with only three agencies assures that at least one of them will be working at one of the companies but there’s a lower probability that two or even all three will be in the same place.

The next time you find yourself unemployment try working as a temporary.  Who knows you might like the variety of work and being at different companies that you make working temp your full-time job.



101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #15 Intern

If you’re in college, the #1 best way to full-time employment after you graduate is to intern while you’re in school.

An internship is where a company hires students for a specific time period in order to allow the student to gain some experience while they are still in school.  Most of the time the internship lasts for the 3 months students are on break during the summer months of June, July, and August.  But there are companies who will keep interns on during the school year as well on a reduced work schedule.

Some companies have formal intern programs where they provide lots of activities for the intern. They might provide an internal job fair to allow students to get an idea of the different areas in a company.  Some companies provide brown-bag lunches with managers so students can ask questions about how the company operates, what the managers’ jobs are, and how they got to be a manager.

Internships allow you to meet fellow students from around the country and even the world as many companies will hire foreign students as interns, too.  This will give you an opportunity to grow your network.  As you progress in your career, your network will always be the best way to find your next job.

How do you find an internship?

There are a few ways you can find an internship:

  1. Career fairs at your school – Most colleges and universities start holding career fairs in the fall.  Many companies attend these fairs looking for interns to hire for the next summer season.  Be sure to attend as many of the career fairs as you can and talk to as many companies attending the career fairs.  Do some homework ahead of time to get an idea of the companies in attendance because some career fairs at larger universities have hundreds of companies attend.  In this case, you won’t be able to talk to all the companies, so you’ll want to have your list ready for the companies you want to speak with.
  2. Company websites – Companies will normally post their internship positions on their websites.  If you have specific companies in mind where you would like to work, be sure to keep an eye on their website starting in August.  That’s when companies will start posting their internships. If you don’t know what companies are in the area where you’re going to school, visit the career center on campus for them to help you find out.  You can also conduct a simple internet search by typing in ‘list of industries in (city name)’ in your favorite search engine.
  3. Internet search for intern jobs – Just as if you were searching the internet for an accounting job, let’s say, you can conduct a search for intern jobs.  Many of the job boards will pick up intern jobs from company websites so all you really need to do is type in ‘internships in (city name)’ in your favorite search engine.

When you get called for an interview, don’t forget you need to interview the company, too. Students travel all over the country for internships and there’s nothing worse than ending up in a really bad work situation.

Following are some questions you need to ask your future employer:

  1. Is the internship paid?
  2. How many hours a week?
  3. Do you pay for housing?
  4. Is there public transportation in the area?
  5. How much travel is involved?  Where is the travel to?
  6. What is the job that I will be doing?
  7. Will there be other interns at the company?
  8. When does the job start?
  9. When does the job end?
  10. Is there a possibility of full-time employment after the internship?

Entry level jobs after college are extremely competitive. When I’ve recruited for these types of jobs hiring managers will always give preference to graduates that worked at internships during school.

One final note.  Check with your career office at your school because some universities will give credit for working at an internship.

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #14 Volunteer

Yes volunteering makes us feel good by allowing us the opportunity to give back to those who are less fortunate.  But if you’ve ever thought about making a career in the world of non-profits, volunteering is also one of the best ways of getting a job at your favorite non-profit.

By their very definition non-profits don’t make a lot of money.  They rely on donations, grants, and other fund-raising opportunities making full-time jobs difficult to obtain and competitive when a position does open up.  Volunteering gives you a foot in the door so you’ll have first hand knowledge of new jobs. Not only that, the organization will have first hand knowledge of your commitment and work habits possibly making you first in line for the job.

I’ve also seen individuals who have created a job for themselves at a non-profit.  The organization didn’t even realize they needed that particular work function done, until someone started doing it.  The organization was so grateful they hired the person full-time.

Working at non-profits isn’t just for senior citizens.

While it might be true that many senior citizens and retirees find part-time jobs working at non-profits, there are plenty of jobs available for the young career minded professional as well.

Following is a list of some of the professional jobs available in the non-profit industry:

  1. Directorship
  2. Fundraising
  3. Grant Writing
  4. Accounting
  5. Legal
  6. Public Relations
  7. Human Resources
  8. Payroll
  9. Marketing Director
  10. Event Coordinator

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, 11.4 million individuals were employed by the non-profit sector.

How do you go about finding a non-profit that’s right for you…volunteer.  Check out a library for resources on non-profit organizations in your area. Be sure and do your homework on any non-profit to make sure that it’s a reputable and legal organization.

If you’re looking for your next job or your first job, consider the field of non-profits.  It can be a life-long rewarding and financially stable career opportunity for you.




101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #13 Be a Reference

Being a reference for a previous co-worker or employee might be the way to your next job, too.

Some recruiters and hiring managers still pick up the phone and call references. If you’re that person they’re calling, pick up the phone.

Here’s a little known secret.

Recruiters sometimes call references for the main purpose of trying to recruit them. This could be your chance to get into the company you’ve been trying to work for.

Acting as a reference really is one more way of networking.  You’ll be able to add either a recruiter or a hiring manager to your contact list.  If you’re not interested in making a job change at that moment it might be that in six months you will be ready and you’ll have a contact into a company that you can reach out to.

Many large companies use an external service for checking references or a reference checking software such as Skill Survey.  Companies use these tools to collect your reference on the candidate they are considering hiring as well as to solicit information from you regarding your employment status and if you would be willing to be contacted by a recruiter.

If you do happen to speak to a recruiter or hiring manager and you’re interested in working at the company don’t be shy about saying something.  Let the person you’re speaking with know about your interest in working at the company.  This is happened a number of times over the course of my recruiting career.  Many times I’ve hired the reference as well as the candidate I had been calling about.

So the next time you’re asked to be a reference for someone do it…that is, as long as you can vouch for their work ethics in a positive manner.  The first priority in being a reference should always be helping someone else get the job.

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #12 Veterans

#12 Veterans

If you’re a veteran seeking civilian work, first THANK YOU for your service and second, don’t panic trying to figure out where you should start. There are plenty of resources at your disposal to assist in your job search.

Following is a list of some of the best tools available to veterans when you’re getting ready to transition to civilian work.

Job Translator Tools

Let’s begin with what type of job you’ll be looking for and how you can go about determining what jobs are available to you based on the experience you received during your military career. You should know that corporate recruiters have a difficult time trying to figure out how someone with military experience qualifies for a particular job. Often times the military has what seems like its own language, including acronyms, and unless you’ve come from the military world, recruiters can’t translate the experience.

Because of this, companies started offering tools called ‘military translators’ on their career page that will translate the job you had in the military into job opportunities in that particular company. If you don’t see a link on the career page, type in military translator in the company’s search box. If the company doesn’t offer a translator there are other websites that offer the service. Below is a list of websites that provide military translators.

My Next Move:

I strongly encourage you to use one of these tools and translate your skills into relatable civilian skills to enhance your chances of getting the job.

Transition Office

If you’re getting ready to leave the military be sure to work with your transition office on base. They’ll provide guidance on how to begin the process of looking for a job once you leave the military. Many bases offer career fairs where companies will come to the base to recruit. Transition offices will also provide assistance in drafting a resume.

Career Fairs

Each year there are career fairs that are held around the country specifically for veterans.
Consider attending more than one career fair as this is the best way to get in front of a recruiter and/or hiring manager.

Following is a list of some of the companies that organize veterans career fairs. Check their website for dates and locations of the fair.

Recruit Military
Corporate Gray
Military Officers
Tech Expo

Another source to find a listing of career fairs is checking the Military Times.

If you have a clearance, check out the jobs and career events at Clearance Jobs.

Job Sites


TAOnline has been helping veterans transition to civilian jobs since 1996. This site provides a job board, career resources, a listing of scheduled veterans hiring functions around the country, and a military skills translator tool.

The majority of companies doing business with the government use this site to post their jobs. This is one of the only sites that allow these companies to comply with affirmative action labor laws. In addition, there are job search services provided for Veterans as well.

The jobs listed here are from companies that focus on hiring veterans.

VA Centers

This site provides assistance with finding jobs as well as other career resources. In addition, you can locate a VA office in your area to assist you in your search for employment. Many companies network with local VA offices as a way to connect with veterans.

State Workforce Agencies

Veterans can find assistance finding jobs at one of the nearly 2,500 state workforce centers. Partnering with the Department of Labor, workforce centers offer services at no charge. In addition, workforce centers administer the Priority of Service program for veterans. This program requires the state agencies to offer job opportunities to veterans first.

Career Advice/Job Listings


This site offers a lot of resources related to finding the job that works for you.

Job Boards


There are hundreds of jobs boards to search when looking for a job. Airs provides the only comprehensive listing of the majority of job boards.


Don’t forget to use one of the BEST tools in finding a job: networking. It’s easy to get caught up searching the internet daily for your next job; however, it’s estimated that at least 85% of jobs are found by networking. Following is a list of individuals you’ll want to make sure to let know that you’re getting ready to transition to civilian life and what type of job you hope to find.

Fellow military personnel already working in civilian life
Parents of your children’s friends
Close friends
Church members
Acquaintances at neighborhood meetings

Working in recruiting over the past 20 years, I’ve seen a remarkable and welcomed increase in the interest from companies to hire veterans. Don’t feel that because you’re ex-military that you have a mark against you when applying to jobs. Instead, realize that your military service is actually going to give you an edge over non-military resumes in most cases.

In closing, before submitting your resume make sure that you’ve taken the time to match your military experience to the requirements of the job. By doing so you’re aiding the recruiter and in some cases even the hiring manager in understanding that you’re the best qualified for the job.

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #11 Target a Company

#11 Targeting a Company

Do you have your heart set on working for a particular company but don’t know how to get your foot in the door? You’ve tried sending in your resume but no one’s calling. Now what?

There are actually numerous ways to target a company outside of just sending in your resume. Following are just some of the other options you can try that either I’ve had success with or have seen the tactic work for someone else. But there’s one thing you need to be sure of before you start your plan of attack and that is…

Does the company employ someone with your background?

Throughout my recruiting career I’ve been amazed at the number of resumes I would receive from individuals who applied to jobs but totally had the wrong industry experience. I hate to be the one to break the news to you but if you’ve spent your career in food service you have a slim chance of getting into the latest technology company.

So do yourself a favor and conduct a little research ahead of time to see if the company would hire someone with your background. You might save yourself a whole lot of time going down a rabbit hole trying to get the job only to be disappointed later when you’ve tried many of the suggestions below and you’re still getting the cold shoulder.

Once you’re sure that the company would LOVE someone like you, here are some suggestions of how to get your foot in the door:

Who’s in Your Network?

You may not have any connections inside the company but remember the idea of six degrees of separation? Meaning everyone is connected somehow by a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend. Social media has expanded your network exponentially. Start asking friends, co-workers, teachers, and others in your network if they know of someone working at the company that can make an introduction for you. Put it on your Facebook page and LinkedIn to see if anyone as any contacts inside the company. Guaranteed someone knows somebody who can hand deliver your resume inside the company. If you’re shy about asking someone to get your resume in the door, don’t be. Here’s a little known secret. People love to help others and they love to be able to say that I know of someone who could fill that job. The feeling of helping someone get a job is one of the reasons I’ve stayed in recruiting for so long.

Search People in LinkedIn

LinkedIn has made it so much easier to connect to people inside a company. Conduct a company search and start looking through the managers in the area you’re interested in working. You can also do a position title search. Let’s say you want to work in IT. You can search on ‘information technology manager’, ‘systems admin manager’, ‘software applications manager’, etc. You can also conduct an advanced search in LinkedIn and bring up a specific position at a specific company. Once you’ve identified the person there are three ways you can approach them.

Phone – Pick up the phone and call the main number at the company and ask to speak to the person. If you get the hiring manager, or their voicemail, be ready with a 60 second elevator pitch why you are the best qualified to join the company. You’ll want to practice your pitch ahead of time and have it written down. If there’s a job posted and you have the exact sills listed, be sure to let the hiring manager know.

Sometimes though you might get the person’s assistant instead. If you do, ask them if the person you want to speak with conducts informational interviews. Let them know that you are extremely interested in working for the company and would like to talk to the manager for about fifteen minutes regarding the company and how he/she might recommend the best way to get your foot in the door.

LinkedIn – There are a couple of ways you can connect with the person on LinkedIn.
First you can send them an ‘inmail’. You’ll need to upgrade your account to the ‘premium’ package to do this but really if you get the job, it’s worth it. You can always cancel the upgrade next month. An ‘inmail’ will allow you to write more text. If you don’t want to pay for the upgrade you can ‘connect’ with them. You can still include a note with this feature but you are significantly limited to the number of characters. Really the ‘inmail’ is the route to go.

Send an Email – Once you find a person’s name, how do you find their email address? With the power of search features these days you can find most anyone’s email. Here’s how you do it:

Step 1 – Using your favorite search engine, type in the name of the company to get their website address:

Ex. Using the Google search engine type in RF Technologies. You’ll see that the website address is:

Step 2 – Type the following in the search box:

“” (email OR e-mail OR e_mail OR “e mail”)

Step 3 – Use the Control F command, type in @rft in order to highlight email addresses in your search results. Be sure to scroll through pages of the search results. In this case one of the search results came back as: ex.

Step 4 – Once you have an idea of what the format is, using a service like you can verify the % probability that the email will get through.

Once you know you have the correct format, send that person an email introducing yourself and why they should hire you. Remember to keep the email brief and to the point.

(Note: Some companies list email addresses on their website. Be sure to check there as well for the email format.)


If you’re still in school one of THE BEST ways of getting your foot in the door is through an internship. Companies normally make hires from their pool of interns each year. Be sure to work with your career center at your school to get an understanding of companies that are reaching out for interns. In addition, many companies attend university campus career fairs early in the fall to hire their interns for the next summer.

Professional Associations

Find a professional association for your skills and attend a local chapter meeting. The odds are there’s someone from the company you’re targeting at the meeting as well. Introduce yourself and see if the person is willing to get your resume to a hiring manager. Companies send representatives all the time to these meetings to recruit.

In addition, if the association has an annual conference, check to see if there is a career fair being held in conjunction with the conference. Many of the larger professional associations hold career fairs with their annual conference. Check to see the list of companies who will be attending the career fair and if you see the company you’re trying to target on the list, BINGO. This is a great opportunity to get in front of someone. Again, remember to practice your 60 second elevator pitch ahead of time. Recruiters are busy at these conferences and don’t have a lot of time to spend talking with each person.

Following are some things not to do when you’re targeting a company:

Don’t show up at the front door

A long time ago this method was one of the ways to get a job at a particular company. I used it myself with success. But this method doesn’t work any longer. Companies are bound by laws that govern non-discriminatory practices in recruiting. The idea is that everyone has an equal opportunity to compete for a job. Because of this don’t be surprised when you show up at the company that you’re told your resume can’t be accepted, that no one is available to meet with you, and that to be considered you have to apply on-line.

Don’t mail in your resume

Companies use application tracking software to collect resumes and to search for resumes. If you send your resume in by mail there isn’t any way it’s going to get into the database and it’s going to get lost. Apply on-line. If there aren’t any jobs available at the time you’re searching, most companies will allow you to set up what’s called a ‘job search agent’ where you don’t have to apply to a specific job but your resume will get into their database to be available for future searches.

Don’t become a stalker

Do your best to make contact with someone inside the company and even if you succeed and end up talking to the hiring manager, don’t stalk them if they tell you they can’t help you. Stalking will end up hurting your chance of getting a job in the long run. Everyone remembers a stalker and will do what they can to prevent you from getting a job at the company. Be professional. Maybe today wasn’t the day you were supposed to get a job at that company. You have a name that can become part of your network going forward. Check in with them every now and then…no not every week. Touching base ever few months is more acceptable.

Here’s one last piece of advice. I’ve seen it happen many times where someone has to take a job with another company while they collect the experience needed before getting that perfect job with the company of their dreams. Be patient and professionally persistent and it will happen for you as well at the right time.

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #10 Inside Jobs


#10 Inside Jobs


Are you struggling with leaving your current company even though you like the company? It’s your job that’s the problem, not the company. Perhaps you’ve gone as far as you can go in your existing job.  Maybe you’re bored with what you’re doing or maybe you’ve figured out that you’re in the wrong career.

Before you leave, consider looking for other jobs inside the company.

Your company has invested a lot of time and money into training you not only to do your existing job but also to the policies and procedures that are a representation of that company’s culture.

Turnover hurts companies.

It’s expensive and time consuming starting over with a new employee. There’s varying statistics regarding the monetary cost of employee turnover.  Some reports estimate the cost at  40% of an employee’s annual salary and up to as high as 150%.

Companies are beginning to realize that it would be better to transfer good employees to other departments even if they may not have all the skills to do the job. They would rather spend more in training getting an existing employee up to speed because internal employees are already familiar with the company.

There are estimates that it can take new employees anywhere from 1 – 2 years to be productive at a new job.  But an internal employee may get up to speed faster.

So how do you go about finding another job inside your current company?

If you’ve been at the company or in your existing position for a while there’s a good chance that you already have an interest in another area. Arrange to meet with the manager or director over the group and talk to them about possible opportunities for someone with your skills.

If you aren’t familiar with the other departments in the company you can start researching on the company’s website.  Research the different business groups and then reach out to those groups that interest you.  It’s acceptable to ask managers for informational interviews in order to collect more information about what the group does.  In fact, many companies encourage their employees to do this regardless as part of their career development. When speaking with the manager find out what it would take for someone with your skills to be able to transfer into the group.

Keep in mind that if you do decide to leave it could take anywhere from six months to a year before you find another job. But if you look for a job inside your company, you might be able to train for a new job while you still have a job. Your company might even pay the cost of the training. Or you might find that another group would be happy to have you right away.

So the next time you decide to make a job change, don’t forget there might be a great opportunity waiting for you right in your own back yard.