10 Tips to Get Hired Fast

10 Tips to Get Hired Fast

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Be Selective in Your Submissions

Applying for a job can feel like a numbers game. The more applications you submit, the higher your chances of getting an interview, right?  Realistically, it’s often the opposite. It’s vital to remember that quality is more important than quantity in your job search. A few well-targeted applications are more likely to get you an interview than a 

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Be Selective in Your Submissions

dozen generic ones. When you’re applying for jobs, take the time to research each company before applying.

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Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter

Each time you apply for a job, you should take the time to tailor your resume and cover letter to that specific role. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for the recruiter to see how your previous experience is a perfect match for the position.  With so many applications to sort through, most recruiters only glance at each one 

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Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter

before moving on. That’s why it’s essential to have a well-written, attention-grabbing resume that makes an impact in just a few seconds. And don’t neglect the power of your cover letter. This is valuable real estate in the world of job hunting. You can be a little less formal and more detailed as you address the recruiter with your energy and enthusiasm for the role.

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Beware of Job Scams

It’s vital to be cautious when searching online, as there are many scams and fraudsters out there looking to take advantage of desperate job seekers.  Instead of responding to every clickbait headline and promise of fast employment, take the time to research companies and only apply to jobs on reputable websites. While this may take a little longer 

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Beware of Job Scams

upfront, it will save you a lot of time and headaches in the long run by helping to protect your identity. For the safest and most reliable job search, consider applying directly through each company’s website or use a service such as FlexJobs, where we hand-screen every job to ensure our members have a scam-free job search.

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Be Organized and Thorough

The job market can be challenging, and competition is fierce. So, if you’ve done your research, submitted a great application, and interviewed well but haven’t heard back from an employer, it’s reasonable (and often expected) that you follow up.  A simple email checking in shows that you’re still interested in the role and 

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keeps you top of mind for the hiring manager. Just be sure to not come across as overly pushy or desperate—strike a balance between confident and friendly. And if the posting specifically says not to contact them, it’s best to respect their wishes and move on. The last thing you want is to burn any bridges!

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Devote Time to Volunteering or Freelancing

With bills piling up during your job search, you may not be eager to take time out for a job that isn’t permanent. The thing is, volunteering and freelancing are great ways to get hired fast!  You can gain new skills, but they can also be listed on your resume as solid work experience (which is good when you’re trying to cover up

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Devote Time to Volunteering or Freelancing

some employment gaps on your resume). Plus, the new networking contacts you can potentially make might connect you to an employer that is hiring!

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Network Everywhere

It’s no secret that networking is a key ingredient in the recipe for success. In today’s job market, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re putting yourself out there and making connections.  Visibility is critical whether you’re attending industry events, participating in meetups, or simply letting your friends and family know that

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Network Everywhere

you’re looking for a new opportunity. Of course, while it’s vital to be proactive in your job search if you’re currently employed and looking for a new opportunity, it’s best to use a bit more discretion in how and where you announce your search.

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Mind Your Personal Brand

Have you taken the time to define your personal brand? If your answer is no, or you’re unsure, then you’re not in control of how employers perceive you—meaning that your brand is not fully working for you and might actually be harming you Not sure what your brand is? Essentially, it’s the sum of everything that a recruiter or 

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employer has access to, and it should all support an overall message about where your career goals lie. Analyze your LinkedIn profile, networking efforts, social media, and references. Does everything send the same message? If not, work to streamline that presentation.

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Master Your Interviewing Skills

Do you find that your resume successfully gets you to the interview stage, but you’re not moving past it? It might be time to consider how to improve your interviewing skills Tailoring your skills to the job isn’t just for your resume and cover letter. You also need to ensure that your answers continue that narrative and share how you’re an ideal fit for the role.

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Master Your Interviewing Skills

Use your research to practice answering common open-ended questions about the job. Take the time to discover how your skills can solve problems the company might be facing. You can also practice through a mock interview to boost your success.

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Maintain a Flexible Mindset

Let’s say that you’re looking for a full-time, remote job as a project manager in the IT sector. Is it possible that your goal is too narrow? If you want to get hired fast—and your job search has been going on longer than you had hoped—it might be time to rethink your parameters. You might opt for a part-time, remote job in your desired 

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field, or perhaps a few freelancing jobs as a project manager in a different industry. Being flexible can provide some much-needed income, different experience for your resume, and, depending on the work flex your job offers, the additional time to continue your original job search while working simultaneously too.

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Choose Responsive References

If you’re listing someone as a reference, you want to be confident that they’ll be responsive to requests from potential employers.  The best way to do this is to reach out to your references and ask them if you can use them as a reference, giving them a heads up and giving yourself a chance to gauge their response time. If it takes 

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more than 24 hours for them to get back to you, it’s probably best to use someone else as a reference. You want potential employers to be able to get the information they need promptly.

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