Do you urgently need a job? These measures can help you speed up the hiring process, which is notoriously slow.
It is common knowledge that many businesses have slow hiring processes, or at least slower than ideal. Sadly, there isn't much you can do to speed up the process on their end. However, you may take a few easy actions to remove time-consuming barriers on your end.
Your time is valuable, even more so when your goal is to get a job quickly. Don’t waste it by filling out a bunch of applications for positions you are only semi-interested in.
Instead, take the time to research positions you would really enjoy, and then use your time wisely to find and apply for positions that match what you’re looking for.
One of the best ways to find a job fast is to tap into your network, and that means getting active on LinkedIn. Share articles, comment on others' posts, even join a LinkedIn group to interact with other professionals.
You can also network the “old fashioned” way by reaching out to former professors, classmates, co-workers, and mentors and seeing if they know of any opportunities for you to take advantage of.
Before submitting your application materials, you need to spruce up your resume. This document is your key to getting a company to notice you, so it needs to shine.
Make sure you add your latest work history and any new skills you learned. Updating this information can give hiring managers a complete idea of your most recent experience.
As you are job hunting, don't ignore the application requirements. If a job posting states cover letters are required, you should include one. Even if it says cover letters are optional, many career experts suggest including one anyway.
Tailoring your cover letter will take some extra time, but it'll help you get noticed and hopefully help you secure a job faster.
If you want to simplify this part of the process and save some time, find two to three job boards you like and trust, and sign up for daily job alerts.
Then, you'll receive a dispatch of new postings directly to your inbox each day. This will save time and prevent you from scrolling through the same listings each day.
It's easy to submit your resume to dozens of companies and keep on keeping on, but take a moment between each application to jot down some notes about the job so you can easily follow up.
For example, you can create a simple Excel sheet with the following column categories: company name, job title, link to listing, contact (if applicable), date applied, and follow-up.
Here are a few tips to help you practice: – Recruit the help of a professional interview coach. These coaches know what interviewers look for.
When you hop on a video chat with a coach, you will talk to them, answer some questions about your job-search aspirations and goals, run through a mock interview, and then receive feedback to help you improve.
– Don't turn down job interviews, even if you think you're no longer interested in a position. Sure, job interviews might make you feel nervous and sweaty, but the more you do them, the more your confidence will soar. That way, when the perfect opportunity comes along, you'll be ready.
– Review the common types of job interviews. Yes, there are different interviewing styles companies employ. Research these styles and the frequently asked questions for each. Look into structured, unstructured, behavioral, stress, and case interviews.
Make sure to be yourself in the interview. Honesty is the best way to show your skills and to get a new job fast. The hiring manager wants to know who they are hiring for a position.
It is good manners to send a thank you note after an interview. Not only does this allow you to follow up after the interview, but it shows your appreciation for being considered for the position and reiterates your interest.
This last piece of advice may seem stupid if you're in a rush to find work, but it's crucial: Don't accept a job that doesn't interest you or meet your needs. Why? Because you'll probably be looking for another work in a few months if the position isn't a good fit.
If you need the paycheck, look into a temporary job or side gig. Buy yourself a little more time to find the job that excites you and advances your career.