Are you in a hurry to get a job? Are you having a hard time finding a job and starting to feel discouraged? There are some relatively quick tasks you can do that will speed up the hiring process.
Here are 15 things you should know about job hunting that will help you find a new job fast. Some items on the list are little things that make a difference. Others are significant enough that they can make or break your job search. Take a look to see if there's anything you're not doing and give it a try.
15 Quick Tips That Will Help You Get Hired Fast
Save Time Job Searching by Using Advanced Search Options on Job Boards: All the major job boards, such as Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, CareerBuilder.com, and Monster.com, have an “Advanced Search” option where you can search by keyword, location, a radius of a location, job title, company, type of job, date posted, and other options. Here’s a list of the top 10 best job sites and tips for using Advanced Job Search options.
Search—and Apply—to Jobs You're Qualified For: Applying for every job you find isn't always a good idea. It simply isn't efficient. Instead, seek out jobs that match your qualifications. That way, you’ll have a better chance of getting selected for an interview. Sending out random resumes and cover letters is just going to be a waste of time. Before you start job hunting, take the time to decide what type of job you’re seeking.
Don’t Stop Applying for Jobs While You Are Waiting to Hear Back From an Employer: The most likely outcome is that you'll get a lot of rejections before you land a job. Instead of getting discouraged, learn from your mistakes and keep applying until you get the right offer. Waiting to hear the results from your application or interviews will only extend the length of time your job search takes. Worst-case scenario, you’ll be juggling multiple job offers. That’s a good thing.
Create a Specific Cover Letter to Help Your Resume Get Noticed: You only have a few seconds to impress a hiring manager enough to select you for an interview. Hiring managers want to see what you can do for the company written in the first paragraph of your cover letter. Here’s how to match your qualifications to a job and tips for how to write a cover letter.
You Don't Need to Include All Your Experience on Your Resume: Some job seekers put decades of work experience on their resumes. Unfortunately, that’s not going to impress anyone. It dates you, it’s too much information, and it may be too much experience for most job openings.
Include More Than Full-Time Employment on Your Resume: If you’ve been out of work, you don’t want your resume to look like you haven’t done anything since you were laid-off. There are other things besides your employment history you can use to bolster your resume.
Dress Like a Manager or a Successful Person in Your Profession: Maybe appearances shouldn’t matter so much, but they do. The first few minutes of an interview are when you get to make that critical first impression. Be sure you’re dressed appropriately for the type of job and company you’re applying to. Here’s appropriate interview attire for a variety of different jobs and work environments.
Be Yourself at the Interview: Rehearsed answers, fake smiles, and saying what you think the interviewer wants to hear instead of what you actually believe misleads the employer. Employers want to know who they’re hiring, and that’s the person they expect to show up for the first day of work. Get tips on showing your personality during a job interview.
Always Send a Thank-You Note After a Job Interview: It’s important to followup after a job interview. It’s a way to show your appreciation for being considered for the job. It’s also a way to reiterate your interest and share anything you neglected during the interview.
References Can Make a Big Difference in Getting Hired: References are important, and employers check them. Get recommendations from bosses, coworkers, clients, subordinates, and suppliers. Store them on sites like LinkedIn and share them whenever possible. If you’re worried about getting a lousy reference from your supervisor, work on getting some personal references you can add to your credentials.
It’s Acceptable to Apply for the Same Job More Than Once: You applied for your dream job, and you didn’t hear anything back from the company. Later, you see the job posted again. A “do over” is fine, but be sure you’ve carefully matched your qualifications in your resume and cover letter to the job requirements. Also, check LinkedIn to see who you know. You might be able to get a referral the second time around. Here’s how to find contacts at a company.