Even the largest online job website or national degree or training programs can’t guarantee that you will find a job immediately. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic pill or secret formula or special algorithm to get candidates a job quickly. There are several variables to consider when you are looking for a new position, but focus and strategic planning can give you a competitive edge and increase your odds to find a job faster than the average job seeker.
Nothing replaces planning
The most important step to find a job fast is to establish a plan. This should include
- Time specifically carved out to search online for postings
- Lists for what research you need to do on the industry or companies you want to apply to
- Steps you need to take to be ready immediately for an interview
Once you have a general plan, the next step is to start working through different areas on a regular basis, whether it’s daily or a few times a week. To be immediately ready for an interview, you will need a current resume, appropriate suit or clothing for the interview, and answers to questions that you expect to be asked.
Go above and beyond
An important part of job search is to network effectively. The third step that will help you find a job fast is to make your online presence best represent you. If you use Facebook® or LinkedIn®, create a professional image that has content an employer will want to see. Reach out to former managers and co-workers, teachers and current friends and establish a network in LinkedIn® that could provide you access to prospective employers.
Use the internet to your advantage
Maximize your use of social media to join groups and associations that are relevant for your professional development. Request Recommendations from your network to show how your various skills can be important to your next employer. Regularly check the pages for companies you may want to work for so you will keep up to date on what they are communicating to their customers and employees.
And most importantly…
Practice, practice, practice. Everything about the job search process requires practice to be successful at it. The fourth step to increase your chances to get a job quickly is practicing phone follow up, phone interviews, and face-to-face interviews with a trusted friend. Ask them to be critical of your tone, word choices, and thoroughness of your answers.
Last, but crucial to the process, is consistent, concise, and compelling follow up with everyone involved in the interview process. This includes people you meet with at networking events, career fairs, and in person meetings, as well as the interviewers. Follow up emails and phone calls can put you ahead of the competition by showing your professional commitment in wanting to work at their company.
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- 7 Tried-and-True Steps for Negotiating a Job Offer (money.usnews.com)