If you’re looking for Missoula jobs, you’ll be pleased to know that diverse employment opportunities abound in Western Montana’s largest city. The landscape of employer expectations is equally diverse. Missoula is not immune to the evolving nature of the job search and employers here will use a variety of methods to find their ideal job candidates.
What does this mean to the Missoula job seeker? You will find it useful to mix old school and new school methods to find gainful employment. To find that “perfect fit” position, you’ll need to stay focused, use your networking skills, and be persistent. These job hunting tips might help!
Network: Capitalize on the Smaller Missoula Economy
Take advantage of the fact that Missoula’s relatively small size can make networking and connecting one-on-one with people easier than in large metro areas. Your connections might well ensure that your resume gets into the right hands or earns a second glance. Differentiate yourself by getting yourself known:
- Seek out local networking events in order to establish contacts
- Print business cards with your contact information on them to exchange with fellow professionals and prospective employers
- Take proactive measures to seek out community events that reflect your interests, both professionally and personally—you might meet a prospective employer or career contact in a softball league, on the chairlift on a local ski hill, or on the next stool at a local brewery.
- Consider volunteering in order to build your skills and your connections. It may pay large dividends in the long run.
- Sign up for Missoula networking groups and events, such as the Hellgate Venture Network or Missoula Businesswomen’s Network, with an agenda to make connections related to the type of job you want. You’ll meet wonderful people, and likely helpful ones, too.
After you’ve put in your “shift” of job seeking (using the tips and the other skills you’re building by following suggestions found in the pages of this section of our site and in our “Work It” blog) be sure to get out and enjoy all Missoula has to offer. Keep up with your social circle, partake in your favorite outdoor activities, and remember why you chose to live in Missoula in the first place. The best job candidate is a healthy, balanced one.
Keep in mind that job hunting is hard work. But looking for Missoula jobs can also be fun! The bottom line: Use networking to your advantage to make yourself and your resume as visible as possible.