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Tips to Find a Job Quickly

If you’re currently job hunting, chances are you want to find employment quickly. There could be any number of reasons you’re looking for a job including layoffs at your old job, graduation from school, or maybe you want to switch careers, or you’re relocating.

Regardless of the reasons, you probably can’t afford to be out of work for too long, so what can you do to secure employment relatively quickly?

The following are some job search tips for the modern era.

Do Advanced Searches on Job Boards

There are job boards available that can save you a lot of time when it comes to finding a job, however, be strategic in how you look for these jobs. Use advanced search features, so you aren’t spending a lot of time looking through jobs that aren’t relevant to you. For example, if you were searching Glassdoor for jobs with LegalZoom and you narrowed your results down to include only that, it would make your search faster.

You can also use keywords, locations, type of job, salary and date posted as search filters. This way, you aren’t wasting your time viewing or applying for jobs that aren’t relevant to what you need and want.

Don’t Apply For Every Job

Sometimes it can seem like casting a wide net is the best way to go when you’re applying for jobs, but that’s not necessarily true. It’s important not to spend a lot of time applying for jobs that you don’t meet the qualifications for. You’re just slowing down your job search ultimately if you’re applying for positions that you more than likely aren’t going to get.
  • Also, don’t spend a lot of time sending out resumes to every company you can think of. 
  • If you want to get hired quickly, know what you’re looking for and be strategic in how you spend your time applying and sending resumes.
  • It’s important that you use a specific cover letter for each job you apply for as well, which is one more reason not to apply for everything. 

Make Your Resume Specific

Just like you should make your cover letter job and position-specific, do the same for your resume. It takes a little extra time, but if you're strategic in where you’re applying this won’t be too much of a burden.

Make sure that when you’re applying you tailor your resume to the position as well as the requirements outlined in the job post. Highlight your relevant skills within the context of the position you’re applying for. This is good not only if someone is reading your resume, but it will also be useful in an applicant tracking system that picks up keywords.

You can leave out your job experience that’s not relevant to the position, and you don’t have to list every single job you’ve ever had on your resume. Keep it streamlined and to-the-point.

Make Sure Everything Is Updated

Along with your cover letter and resume, make sure everything else that could be relevant is updated as well. Update your LinkedIn profile, and if you have a personal website, update that too. If you don’t have a personal website, consider creating one.

Do Your Research

You want to be a compelling candidate to get hired quickly so do your research on companies if you get an interview. Glassdoor was touched on a bit above, and they’re a great resource for getting the inside scoop on companies.

You’ll want to learn about the company culture, what their interview process is typically like and the type of salary they usually pay. You can then use this information to make sure you provide what they’re looking for not just in terms of skills and experience but personality as well.

A lot of companies are now more concerned about hiring people who are a good fit with their corporate culture than ones who necessarily have every single skill.

Put the Time In

Finally, when you’re looking for a job, it should be treated as a job in and of itself. It requires that you put in the time, probably every day until you’re hired. You need to have an active plan as to how you’ll search and apply. You can’t haphazardly send in some applications or resumes and expect that you can then passively sit back and wait for a job to come to you.

That passive attitude is one of the biggest mistakes a lot of job seekers make, and it ends up costing them valuable time in the long run.

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