5 ways for fresh graduates to find a job without using a job board


  1. Cold-calling
  2. Reach out to recruiters
  3. Build professional networks
  4. Make use of your alumni network
  5. Career fairs

Online job boards may seem like a miracle for job seeker. But have you ever wondered what’s like for the recruiter on the other receiving end?

Being swamped in the sea of job applications?

Overlooking your one perfect CV in the jungle of many others?

Perhaps, all of the above can happen at once!

Moreover, companies these days, like Adecco – the world’s largest Staffing firm – are employing AI-powered robots for screening job applicants and automating most of the recruitment processes.

So, now it’s not just getting your resume through to a human, but also a robot! 

Instead of being a sitting duck, you can become a smarter job seeker by connecting with a job in 5 alternative ways that can help you reach the recruiter faster and more personal. Let’s get into it!

5 alternatives

Pick up the phone!


Calling the recruiters directly shows off your communication skills. Giving recruiters a cold call after you’ve carefully read the job description shows your well preparation and confidence. You can ask questions about the role to better showcase your relevant information about them.

As a result, you will stand a better chance of reaching your dream position as you have demonstrated your decent communication ability to the recruiters.

Reach out to recruiters

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Not a fan cold-calling or could not get a hold of the recruiter’s number? We have multiple ways to help you reach out to recruiters, for example via emails. Check out our post on how to write effective email to recruiters.

Build professional networks


Networking isn’t just simply about exchanging information or making acquaintances. Networking events are all about establishing, building, and nurturing long-term relationships. As you network with like-minded people, in your industry, and even outside your field of interest, you’ll uncover opportunities to become visible to job recruiters.

Therefore, take the time to build meaningful relationships with those in your professional circle, you can tap into those valuable connections for referrals, insights into job leads, and other valuable information.

Make use of your alumni network

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Data conducted by Harvard Business Review shows that professionals with a shared alma mater are consistently more likely to support one another. Hence, it would be a smart move to reach out to your alumni connections.

You can connect with ones whose interests or industries are similar to yours and dig into their relevant connections; or you can just straightforwardly speak to them. There’s a high chance that your university alumni will support you with all their heart and passion.

You’re going to be amazed by the number of opportunities you can find through your alumni network.

Career fairs


Online job boards are limited when it comes to the details about the job descriptions and even job listings. You can get more details at a job fair. So, a university career fair offers you the chance to touch base with dozens of potential employers and you can learn what types of jobs they offer and what they’re like in person.

A career fair also offers you a chance to become visible to potential employers. If you make a good impression, you may end up with an interview right on the spot. Even if they don’t interview you immediately, they will take your resume and get back to you afterwards. The more contacts you make, the more opportunities you will have to land a job or internship.


These are a few alternatives to land a job or internship outside of job boards. When you are a university student or a fresh graduate, we believe it’s important that you get a few essential things right before you apply for a job.

If you are living in Vietnam, contact The Bear Connection to receive solid career advice and preparation for any upcoming career moves along with other consultation services.

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