Use Local Job Search Resources
First, use local search resources. Sounds simple, doesn't it? But, it does make sense. Our local Chamber of Commerce web site, for example, has been an excellent resource for job seekers in my town. Employers that are members of the Chamber of Commerce can post job opportunities free and those local job listings are often posted on the web site before they are advertised elsewhere. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a directory you can use to find your local Chamber.
Craig's List is another excellent source for finding local job listings.
Use the Job Search Engines
Using a job search engine site is an excellent way to find local job listings. Use the type of job you are interested in as a keyword, then enter your city, state and zip code to find local jobs. Advanced search options will enable you to refine your local job search even further, and search by company, words in the job title, and the radius from a city or zip code.
Here's more on how to use the job search engines to find local jobs.
Check the Classifieds
The next step in conducting a local job search is to check your local newspaper classified ads on a daily basis. Many newspapers are affiliated with CareerBuilder, but, not all are and some small to mid-size employers only advertise locally. Most local newspapers are available online. Use this Online Newspapers directory to find your local and regional newspapers.
Check Local Job Listings
Use our Jobs by State directory to access the job and career resources for the region, state or city you're interested in.
Check the top job banks, as well. Monster and the other job banks do contain local job listings and users can search by zip code or city/region.
Read the News
Be aware of the latest business news in the community you're interested in. American City Business Journals contains information on business in a variety of cities. Each journal is updated weekly and should be required reading for anyone interested in the pulse of the local business community including new businesses, expansions and cut-backs.
Use the Verizon Yellow Pages to search for local companies by keyword and/or location. You may find potential employers that you didn't know about. Then visit the company's web site to review job openings and career information.
Finally, don't forget to network. Up to 80% of all jobs are found by networking. It really does work!