How to speed up your job search. For one reason or another, you may find yourself in a situation where you need a job fast and you need to find one now. But as most of us know, looking for a new job can be a time-consuming process. So if you’re hoping to find your next opportunity quickly you might want to consider these 10 top tips to help things speed along.
1. Know what you want
Know exactly what type of job you want. When you’re against the clock you can waste lots of time pondering your next role. Whereas, if you already have a clear idea you can quickly start looking for this type of job, online via job boards, social media or recruitment agencies.
2. You have no time to be picky
Unfortunately, you don’t have a lot of time to be ‘choosey’ about your next job. To overcome this, applying for temp work can be a great time-filler. You can help bridge the gap between your chosen career roles by earning a bit of cash in the meantime and gaining some great transferable skills.
3. Ask for help
Sometimes, doing everything alone can take up more time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, from friends, family members or past co-workers to help you secure a new role. They may have connections or know of job vacancies that could help point you in the right direction.
4. CV ready
Have your CV/resume ready to go. If you find a job, you’re really interested in applying for but you haven’t updated your CV in months, this will set you back. Continually add, edit and change things around to ensure you’re ready to submit your application as fast as possible.
5. Reference ready
References aren’t always necessarily needed during the initial hiring stages. But if you’re looking to speed things along having an idea of who your references will be is a great start. You can also go that one step further by contacting your potential referees and asking to use their details for a job reference. This will minimise any future possible time delays.
6. Free yourself up
Free yourself up some time. A job search can often feel like a full-time job. So if you are in full-time employment, take some time off work and dedicate this to finding a new job.
7. Job alerts
If time is tight, instead of scrolling through endless job vacancies online, sign up for job alerts via a job board. This way you will directly receive emails when a new vacancy arises that matches your skills and experience.
8. Recruitment agencies
Recruitment agencies are great when time is short. In a sense, they can do the hard work for you and present you with different career opportunities that you may not have found without help.
9. LinkedIn profile
You can you LinkedIn in multiple different ways to speed up your job search.
1. Ask for help within your network: create a public status explaining your situation and whether anyone knows of any opportunities in your area.
2. Go right to the source: connect with employers and key team members within an organisation who you believe could help you land a job.
3. Network: send direct messages and invitation requests, introducing yourself and what your job intentions are.
A polite follow-up email if you have not heard back from an employer, can often speed up the hiring process. Due to time restraints or high volume hiring, employers may not always get back to you.
But a simple enquiry asking for the status of your application can do no harm. They may provide you with confirmation on whether you have advanced further or have been unsuccessful. But either way, the sooner you find out this information the quicker you can get back to your job search, or finish it all together (well done you!).
That’s it! All 10 points on how to speed up your job search. If you try them, let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @BubbleJobs.