Before you go that route, know this: if you take the right steps right now, you can put your job search into overdrive – and get that job you really want!
Here are six ways to dramatically speed up your job search:
1. Be the First to Apply
Early bird gets the worm, right? If you want to land a job fast, be one of the first people to apply for the position. (Although a bit dated, a 2011 study by StartWire found 50 percent of new hires applied within the first week of a job posting.) Once you apply for the job, continue to follow up on your application and maintain consistent contact with the employer.
2. Immediately Get in Contact with the Hiring Manager
Before you even apply for the job, try locating the name and email of the hiring manager. This will enable to you introduce yourself to the hiring manager and create a personalized job application.
3. Be Quick to Respond to Emails and Phone Calls
Communication is key to landing a job fast. Whether you’re networking with potential employers or communicating about an upcoming job interview, make sure you follow up with each connection in a timely matter.
4. Update Your Social Media Profiles with Industry-Related Content
Want to get noticed by employers? One of the best ways is to become an influencer in your industry.
You can become influential by sharing industry news and trends with your social media networks such as LinkedIn and Twitter. It’s also a good idea to start a blog where you can talk about industry topics. By doing these things, employers will see you are knowledgeable in your field and have a variety of experience.
5. Get a Recommendation
If you’re able to get a referral during your job search, you’re already a step ahead in the game. According to Jobvite, 64 percent of employers make their best hires through referrals.
But what happens if you don’t have a referral? There are still a few things you can do to get noticed. Make sure you focus on building long-term relationships with people who work for the company or in your industry.
6. Prove You’re The Best Fit
Showing employers you’re the best fit for a position is the most important step of your job search. When you apply for jobs, employers want to know why they should hire you and what you’ll accomplish once hired.
You can prove yourself to employers by writing a resume that illustrates your accomplishments, creating an online portfolio or blog, and thoroughly researching the company. This way, you’ll be able to show employers you understand how your skills and experience fit into the company’s goal for the position.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to land a job faster than ever before… and you won’t have to explain to your parents why you’re back in retail again!
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About the Author: Olivia Adams is the Brand Manager at Come Recommended. She is a graduate of Ferris State University with a B.S. in public relations. Olivia has experience in content marketing, writing, social media, branding, and public relations.