Speeding Up Your Job Search
The job search process can be just that – a process. Often times an arduous and daunting one at that. From finding opportunities of interest, to fine tuning your resume and cover letter for each position, the process seems to drag on and take forever. What if it didn’t have to feel this way?
Whether you’ve just started looking for a new job, or have been on the hunt for a while now, there are some ways you can take control of the search and speed it up according to our friends over at TopResume. Check out the full article here.
Define What You’re Looking For
Are you looking for any and every job just to get out of your current position? If you’re throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall and hoping something sticks you might find a new job, but chances are you will find yourself back on the hunt sooner than later. Instead of casting a wide net and applying for the sake of applying, narrow down what you’re looking to do and apply to jobs that fit the category. Not only will you spend your time more wisely, but you will also be applying to positions you could see yourself in and have a shot at landing.
According to Rachel Fletcher, “You won’t find the right job for you if you don’t know what you really want, and you could waste a lot of time in the process if you don’t figure it out stat.”
Write Your Elevator Pitch
You have probably heard about elevator pitches, but do you know what this is? This short, 30 seconds or less statement is essentially a sales pitch about your background that makes you the ideal candidate. When looking for a new job, incorporate your skills how they relate to the new position into your pitch. The content should be clearly stated so a stranger could understand. Once you have this pitch down pat, you can use it at both networking events and interviews when you get asked, “tell me about yourself!”
Set Achievable Goals
We’ve talked in the past about setting SMART goals and these types of goals are definitely applicable to the job search. When you’re looking for a new job, especially when you’re unemployed, it is easy to get lost in the application process; applying to job after job all day. While you might think you’re being productive, odds are this isn’t the case.
It is important to figure out the times of day in which you’re most productive and get the most done during that timeframe. Instead of applying to jobs until your fingers fall off, set goals of how many jobs you’ll apply to each day and set out to meet them. When you set unrealistic goals for yourself, the process will feel like an uphill battle and endless.
Gather Your Network
Your networking efforts should not stop once you get a job. If anything, your networking should be ramped up throughout your career. A LinkedIn study found that 85 percent of all jobs are filled from networking which shows that regardless of where you’re at in your career, your network can help you find your next move.
This network can include previous colleagues or supervisors, and even individuals at companies you hope to work for one day. If the latter, make a plan for who and how you will reach out to at that company.
Although the job search can be a long and often demoralizing process, you can speed it up by controlling what you can control. If you’ve found yourself in what seems like an endless process, try implementing some of these shortcuts.