Traditional job search methods include sending out resumes, reading the help wanted ads in the newspaper, going to personnel offices and filling out applications, going to the local employment service office, signing up with a private employment agency and applying for civil service jobs. "Traditional" means it's the way that everyone knows. Traditional methods of the job search are not always the most effective and encourage you to be passive, although some people do find jobs using them. Traditional methods all require you to depend on someone else to respond or do something to let you know about an opening. Resume 4 Success recommends that you use a variety of "traditional" and informal job seeking methods.Learn More!