March 18 2020 - Need to get a job fast? Or are you looking to upgrade from your current role as soon as possible?
Getting hired for a new job is an exciting, if not overwhelming time in your life.
If finding a new job is your top priority, though, there are some things you can do to speed up the process.
In this article, we'll look at seven simple tips for getting a job fast.
1. Update Your Resume
The first step for anyone looking for a new job is to update their resume, or curriculum vitae (CV).
This one-page document tells employers what your work history is like, where you went to college, and what employable skills you bring to the table.
Notice how it says "one-page" - that's intentional. Some people send multiple pages to prospective employers, which isn't usually necessary.
Sending too much information gives HR departments reason not to call you. There's too much information to sift through, and it also dates you. You'll see how this tip also applies to #3 below.
For now, work on getting your resume right and fine-tune it down to one page of your best work experience.
Check out this post for more on updating a resume.
2. Gather Other Resources
Especially if you're looking to move or relocate, gathering other materials that speak to your work experience and abilities is essential for standing out.
A resume is a good start, but at the end of the day, it's one piece of paper in a stack of other likely-qualified candidates. If you can provide documents that help you stand out, you're much more likely to get a call.
For example, you might send along:
You can create a small PDF collection of these resources and attach them to your application.
- Testimonials or letters of recommendations
- Portfolio samples of your work
- Statistics/data that prove your work gets results
3. Craft A Specific Cover Letter
Perhaps one of the most overlooked pieces of applying for jobs is the cover letter you attach with your resume. So if you do it well, you're much more likely to stand out.
The truth is, most people spend hours crafting a good resume, then send the same generic cover letter that's been copy/pasted along with it.
Remember, human resources departments read hundreds of these letters every month (if not thousands). If you're copy/pasting and it's obvious, it's a sign to them that you're not very serious about the job.
Feel free to use the same general template for your cover letters, but craft a specific, attention-grabbing message to each employer. Do your best to mention at least one specific thing that inspired you to apply.
What do you like about their company? What can you offer specifically to their business? Anything you can do here to make calling you a no-brainer will go a long way.
4. Reach Out To Your Network
Now that you've got the basic materials together, it's time to start leveraging your greatest asset when it comes to finding a job - your network.
As the adage goes: it's all about who you know.
Make a list of the people you know from your current work, past jobs, or other relationships (college, family members, etc.). Then send them messages, letting them know you're in the market for a job and wondering if they have any leads.
It's important not to come off as irritating or desperate. Be professional with your message, and again, do not copy/paste.
You crafted your resume and cover letter first because you never know how quickly someone might reach out for these materials. Better to be prepared.
5. Subscribe To Job Recruiter Websites
It won't hurt to set up a profile on websites like ZipRecruiter, Indeed, or LinkedIn. This is essentially like setting up two more virtual resumes, so it will take some time.
But the benefit of doing this is that the algorithms will match prospective jobs directly to you, then email you about them when they become available.
There tend to be lots of competition on these websites, so don't be discouraged if you apply to several jobs and don't hear anything. Many listings may have already been filled but not taken off the website.
6. Be Yourself At Interviews
If (when) you get interviews, remember to always play from a position of strength when you sit down to answer questions.
No matter how dire your financial/work situation is, it's important to stay calm, be yourself, and act confident so that you seem like an ideal candidate for the job.
At the end of the day, these people called you in because they've identified your skills as a potential match for their company. The interview is a good time to show them you're not only skilled but easy to work with and will fit in with their culture there.
7. Follow Up
Finding a new job can be discouraging at times, but if getting hired fast is a priority, you should follow up with every opportunity that you apply for, and anyone that gets in touch with you.
Companies are just as busy as you are, and sometimes information gets lost on a pile. Simply sending an email or making a phone call to check the status of your application could lead to an interview or at least show the business you're serious about working there.
And for what it's worth: a short thank you message never goes out of style.
Getting Hired Fast
Finding a new job can be overwhelming, but there are some keys to getting hired fast.
At the end of the day, it comes down to preparation, thoroughness, and work ethic on your part. Show companies you're serious about getting hired and working for them, and they'll be more likely to play ball on their end.
For more tips on human resources and getting hired, check out our website. Happy job hunting!