The 12 Most Effective Tips for a Faster Job Search

The 12 Most Effective Tips for a Faster Job Search

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The 12 Most Effective Tips for a Faster Job Search

Finding a job can be a time-consuming process. You're excited about a new job but overwhelmed by the paperwork required. Add to this the pressure to make your profile more attractive to potential clients and employers. It's easy to get discouraged in the face of looming bills and dwindling savings. However, there is a way to make a more efficient job search. 

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The 12 Most Effective Tips for a Faster Job Search

Here are some tips to speed up and automate your job search to make it easier for recruiters to see you.

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1. Know Your Niche

Your niche is the most suitable job for you. It depends on the work you want to do, your existing skills, and how much money you want to make. Your niche should also consider the segment of the market you want to serve.

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1. Know Your Niche

Thinking of your ideal client will help you identify your niche. For instance, you can promote yourself as a web designer for real estate agents. Being more precise about your target market will help you specialize and gain the trust of potential clients in the industry.

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2. Research your target companies

Once you know what you want, it's time to find out what the companies you're applying for want. A great tip for finding a new job is to investigate a company's Glassdoor page. It will help you get a feel for their company culture, figure out what questions they commonly ask in interviews, and even discover what salary you're likely to be paid.

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3. Set SMART Career Goals

It's important to understand that some jobs will not help you achieve your career, financial, or family goals. Goal-setting will help you discard the jobs that don't contribute to those goals.

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3. Set SMART Career Goals

Learn how to set SMART goals for your personal and career development. Remember that SMART goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. "Get a job" is not a SMART goal. But "become an accountant in Boston by the end of the year and earn $70,000 annually" clarifies the next steps of your job search.

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4. ​Create a Tailored Resume

A tailored resume fits the job description and helps recruiters see that you're up to the task at hand. Remember that hiring managers may receive hundreds of applications. You'll make their job easier and your job searches faster if you include applicable skills and experience in your resume.

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5. Optimize Your Online Profile

How do you get recruiters to reach out when you're not looking for jobs 24/7? One way is to optimize your online profile, especially on social networks, where employers and clients can easily find you. Make sure that how you present yourself online represents the kind of work you want to do. Some elements you will want to optimize are your:

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5. Optimize Your Online Profile

Profile Picture: Do you look professional and well-groomed? About Me: Does your online profile clearly show the skills that can help you land your ideal job? Search Profile: What comes up when you search for your name on Google? Links: Does your profile link to relevant work samples or your website?

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6. Set Job Alerts on Job Boards

Job boards allow you to make your job search more specific. For instance, you can write the location, position, and employment type on the search bars. This way, you won't miss out on any job opportunities that you're interested in.

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6. Set Job Alerts on Job Boards

Set up specific job alerts on sites like Glassdoor and Indeed, so you can receive relevant job openings in your inbox instead of scouring through the job boards every day. Also, check if the company or organization you want to work for has a dedicated job board on its website that lets you receive job alerts.

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7. Connect With Career Coaches and Recruiters

Career coaches and recruiters can lead you to more opportunities outside your radar, help with networking, and offer advice on how to stand out from other candidates. Find one who specializes in your industry by searching sites like LinkedIn or JobLeads.com. 

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7. Connect With Career Coaches and Recruiters

You can reach out directly or set up an appointment via email, phone call, or instant messaging once you've found someone who can help you achieve your career goals.

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8. Use RSS Feeds

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds gather, organize, and collate all updates and notifications in real-time, so you won't have to go to constantly check job boards, social media, or your inbox one by one. Instead, you can save your job searches and add the RSS feeds of your favorite sites in an RSS reader like Feedly or Inoreader.

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9. Use Job Automation Platforms

Job automation platforms help you with repetitive job search tasks. For instance, LazyApply is a paid extension that you can add to Chrome. Once you complete your resume and hit “fetch filters”, the AI tool automatically fills job applications for you while you're busy with other concerns. The basic plan gives you lifetime access and 150 job applications on LinkedIn and Indeed.

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10. Join Facebook Groups

Facebook groups are convenient tools to help you read candid company reviews and find job opportunities. To look for a Facebook group, you can search by job description and location. For instance, a search for jobs in the USA by state or city showed Jobs in Colorado - Work / Employment / Hiring and New York Jobs groups. 

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10. Join Facebook Groups

Once you find an interesting job opportunity, make sure that you watch out for red flags that your job offer isn't legitimate before applying.

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11. Tell Your Network

Look no further than your network for a quicker job search. These are people you know either online or in person. Send a personal message, or post about your job search on social media. Don't forget to add common job search hashtags like #opentowork, #jobhunt, #readytowork, or #hireme.

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12. Expect the job search to take longer than you think

You can hope to have a new job within a short period, but the likely reality is that it might take months to find the right opportunity and get offered the position. You should mentally prepare yourself for a long battle — and then you can be happily surprised if you are one of the lucky few whose job search is short.

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