13 Tips to Speed Up a Job Search
There are a number of things to take into account during a job search. We have compiled our top 13 tips to speed up a job search here. Following this advice will put you ahead of the competition and speed you on your way to landing your new job.
1. Check your attitude
Being out of work can sometimes be demoralizing and depressing, but as long as you view yourself in those terms, that’s the image you’ll project.
Having a strong, positive, energetic attitude is 98% of the battle. Be aware of attitude during your search – if you act uncomfortable, anxious, or panicked, the people you meet will not be too receptive to you. Desperation is the world’s worst cologne and perfume.
2. Network, network, network.
Nothing beats networking to help a job search. You need to be everywhere—both online and in person. Always remember that successful networking is figuring out what you can do for other people, not what they can do for you.
3. Put a professional face out to the world
If your email address is OnTheBeach@hotmail.com, or LoveToGolf@yahoo.com, you have probably already lost the job.
If your voicemail features a drunken impression of a celebrity or your dog barking hello, you’ve probably been deleted.
Change your email to JohnSmith@gmail.com. Change your voicemail message to: “You’ve reached John Smith. Please leave a message and the best time to call you and I will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you.”
Is adding another email address a pain in the rear? Yep. Do you want a job, or do you want the freedom to express yourself totally uncensored? And, really…how long does it take to check a gmail account — two minutes, three times a day? You’re so busy being unemployed, you don’t have six extra minutes?
4. Create a professional looking resumé
Don’t rely on a generic resumé template. Research the positions you’re applying for and build your resume around the job requirements, using the same keywords that are used in the job descriptions.
If you’re not getting any nibbles on your current resumé, spend the money and have a professional resume writer look it over.
And, save it using your name — “John Smith Resume 2012” —not “Resumé – final draft”.
5. Use social networking
To legitimately speed up a job search, don’t just throw up a profile on these sites and then sit back and wait. You need to engage people, see what you can do to help them, and get known for your expertise.
Also, consider starting your own career and industry related blog to express your thoughts to demonstrate your function and discipline knowledge.
6. Utilize executive search firms
Once your resumé is developed properly, research search firms using The Directory of Executive Recruiters. It’s available in local library to reference for free or you can purchase at a local bookstore or access online for a fee.
Make sure your profile on LinkedIn is updated because it’s the #1 tool for executive recruiters to locate qualified candidates for their client company search projects.
Remember this—recruiters are one of the most effective ways to speed up a job search. They don’t find good jobs for people, they find good people for good companies.
7. Join professional associations
Check in your local area for professional associations in your field, then get out there and start participating.
If there isn’t a local group, join Toastmasters or start your own networking sub-group. Attend local Chamber of Commerce events. Many service providers go to these events in search of customers and they also have deep Rolodexes and are usually well connected.
8. Volunteer your time
Find a cause you believe in and volunteer your time and expertise.
First, it’ll get you out of the house. Second, you’ll feel good about what you’re doing. Third, it’s something new to add to your resume. Finally, it’s a good way to meet people and add to your contact list.
9. Use all available resources
Check with your local employment office or community college to see what they have available for job seekers.
Contact your college alumni office. Join several groups on Linkedin. Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a job – you never know who knows someone who’s hiring.
10. Subscribe to recruiter job posting sites
ExecuNet runs a free trial for first time members and also sponsors local networking events in most big cities near you. RiteSite offers SIX extra months membership at no charge when you enter this referral code = 1396.
Create search agents on these sites to alert you of newly posted jobs that meet your search criteria.
11. Save time using aggregator job posting sites
12. Say thank you
Everyone likes to be appreciated, so be sure to hand-write personal thank-you notes to everyone who helps you.
This includes receptionists and admin assistants, as well as the interviewer, whenever you score an interview. A hand-written card or note will make a huge impression and will make you stand out as an exceptional candidate.
AND, FINALLY, THE MOST IMPORTANT…
13. Be good to yourself
Your job search is important, but don’t let it consume your life. Take time every day to be good to yourself.
Go fishing. Take the dog for an extra-long walk. Start that new diet, lose some weight and exercise more! Visit a museum. Go to a movie you wanted to see. You’ll discover there is more to life than a 9-5 job and get reinvigorated and ready to take on the world again.
We are standing by ready to help you speed up a job search for anyone who reaches out!
Mark James, CPC is the President of Hire Consulting Services, established in 1999. He is a Certified Personnel Consultant and has been providing executive career transition coaching and executive recruiting services for over 25 years. Mark is also a Certified Partner with Predictive Index® Behavior Assessments focused on talent selection and leadership development.