Ah, yes job hunting. Something many of us feel is as fun as a trip to the dentist. Or getting home to realize that your fast food order is wrong. With that said, I want to help you speed up the time it takes to find a job. I’ve learned these tips from experience and I want to present them to you.
If someone you know needs help finding a job during this difficult time, please consider sharing this page with them on social media. Here are my best tips for finding a job quickly in 2020.
1. Before You Get a Job Quickly, Figure Out Where You Want to Go
Fortunately for any job seeker, there are lots of jobs available. But, this is a double-edged sword. With so many jobs available, this can intimidate many new job-seekers. I’ve got a special tip that will drastically improve your job hunting results. To do this, take time to think of one or several types of jobs you’re looking for.
Let’s use the marketing industry as an example. If you worked as a social media manager, you can start searching for these exact types of jobs. But, during your past job, you also spent time learning about SEO (search engine optimization) and you learned about how to design a website. With that in mind, you could use this time to reposition yourself in the same industry but a different position. Maybe it’s time to jump back into this industry as a marketing manager.
I’m going to get real for a second. I’ve quit jobs and I’ve been fired. Both of these are awful experiences but the latter is worse than the former, in my experience. But, you will get past these temporary setbacks. If you need a little motivation, I wanted to share a quick video from The Ken Coleman Show I found extremely motivating while trying to find a job quickly.
2. Give Your Resume a Makeover
Unless you’re looking for a new job, it’s understandable to not remember what your old resumes look like. However, when the time comes to find a new job fast, you’re going to be spending lots of time sending this out. You don’t want a few old typos or instances of outdated information to cost you an interview. So, what do you need to do to create the perfect resume? In the interest of helping you find a job quickly, here are the most important takeaways:
Have Data to Backup Your Accomplishments
One of the most important things I hear from hiring managers and recruiters is the importance of using data in your resume. Let’s say that you’re creating a marketing resume and you want to highlight your social media success with a past company.
Bad way to highlight this: Led a campaign that helped increase our company’s social media presence.
Good way to highlight this: Increased followers on social media by 150% through effective content and interactions with others over a period of 10 months.
Source: Resume Genius
Update Your Resume With Your Last Job
This might sound like an obvious tip to some. However, it might surprise you how many resumes I’ve seen that doesn’t match what’s in their applications. I know that building a resume isn’t the most fun thing in the world. But, having an accurate and up-to-date resume shows an employer that details matter to you and that you’re organized.
Run Your Resume Through a Few Grammar Checkers
Almost no tips to help you learn how to find freelance writing jobs will help if your resume has lots of errors.
It’s time to share a brutal truth about sending in a resume. If your resume has one or several mistakes, it doesn’t make a good impression. Also, I honestly can’t remember a time where I ended up landing a job with a resume that contains errors. However, I can promise you there have been several times when I wondered why I never got a callback and then saw glaring errors on my resume.
The first steps are to copy and paste all of the text in your resume and run it through Grammarly. This isn’t a replacement for manual proofreading but it’s good for catching most grammar errors in a matter of moments.
Proofread Your Resume
You might notice that we’re talking quite a bit about proofreading. This is because I feel that thorough proofreading will set you apart from someone who is rushing through writing their resumes. After you’ve sent your resume through Grammarly or another type of grammar checker, take the time to manually proofread each line of your resume out loud.
Have Someone Else Proofread Your Resume
By now, you’re probably sick of reading about proofreading. But, if you have one or a few people proofread your resume, you’ll be amazed at the valuable insights you can gain from this. You might not think that this will help you get a job quickly. But, these valuable tips have helped me catch mistakes I completely missed, ensuring I turned in a perfect resume.
3. Use as Many Sources as Possible
One of the most important tips to remember while seeking a job is to use multiple sources. There are many sources of job postings on the internet. Here are a few that I recommend.
(I’m not sponsored by these companies, I’ve just found from the experience of myself and others that these are easy to use while having a lot of quality postings.)
First and foremost, I recommend using Indeed. The website isn’t free from those spammy postings we all know and love. However, it’s where you’re likely to start getting momentum in regards to your job hunt.
No joke, the first few jobs I’ve had were from spending only a few days to a week only applying on Indeed’s job postings. It’s also a great way to find real ways to make money from home.
Social media is also known to be filled with job postings. However, the best “social media” site for job postings, in my opinion, is LinkedIn. Everyone applying for jobs needs to have a LinkedIn profile.
Recruiters will likely be pulling you up on the internet if you’re a potential candidate for a job. When they do this, be prepared by having a nice LinkedIn profile of yours to appear.
LinkedIn even has a designated section of its website devoted to job postings. If you want to increase your odds of landing a job, make sure your profile is open for contact by recruiters.
I can’t guarantee every recruiter will present you with your dream job. However, it gives you more opportunities. What’s better than having jobs come to you?
I’ve also seen a lot of regular job posting on city websites. These websites typically don’t post openings on LinkedIn and Indeed, and other job sites. Therefore, this means you’re likely going to be dealing with less competition.
Whether visiting city or county websites, you’ll be amazed at how many potential “hidden gem” job opportunities are available.
4. Finding a Job Quickly Doesn’t Mean Spamming the Same Application
I understand that the search for a job can take a long time. I’ve been there plenty of times. It’s enough to make anyone want to go crazy, waiting for a job offer.
I completely understand what you’re going through. Finding a job quickly is what you want to do, not wait around.
However, if you’re trying to save time by sending out the SAME EXACT RESUME/COVER LETTERS, you’re doing more harm than good.
I used to think that I was pulling one over on the job market by creating one great resume. This would be the resume that landed me the job. One of the best job hunting tips I’ve ever heard was to STOP doing this!
After spending a few days out of college, sending this application to every online posting I could, I knew my dream job was just around the corner. WRONG!
It’s hard to stand out as the perfect match for a company if you send out the same resume because you’re concerned with finding a job now. In rare cases, you’ll be the right match, which is nice. But, this isn’t the best strategy to use for finding a job quickly.
But what if you could spend less time applying and more interviewing and moving forward in the job-hunting process?
Sending out the exact resume is easy. Fortunately, it’s also easy to correct. Sometimes, we need to go above and beyond to get the results we want.
5. The Importance of Keyword Matching
Another one of the best job hunting tips I’ve heard involves matching job description words to your resume. It’s time to start learning about matching your resume to each job you apply for. Trust me, this is easier than it sounds. It’s also your best chance at beating applicant tracking systems.
What Are Keywords and How Will They Help Me Find a Job Fast?
When you use a search engine like Google, you type in keywords to find what you’re looking for. For example, if you were hungry, keywords you might use keywords related to restaurants or fast food. In this same sense, you can use the power of keywords to help ensure you’re exactly what a company is looking for.
How can you do this? The next time you look at a job listing, copy and paste this into a document editor (OpenOffice Writer/Microsoft Word/etc). Next, look for words or combinations of words that you see often. If you were to apply for a customer service job, you would probably see keywords that include:
- Good with people
- Clear verbal and non-verbal communicator
- Basic computer skills
- Ability to work in potentially stressful situations
- Familiar with programs X, Y, and Z
By literally matching what’s in the job description to your resume and cover letter, you’ll be amazed at how well it works to get a job fast.
That being said, it’s important to note that I do NOT encourage lying on your resume. It might sound easy to say that you’re an expert with, for example, AS400 or Asana. Most hiring managers will be able to weed out those who are lying about their experience later on.
6. List Everything You Did at Previous Jobs
My first job was as a fast-food cook. For me, the thought of filling out a resume was daunting at the age of 21. What do I say besides cook food? Looking back, I did plenty of things. It was a great job that taught me a lot.
If you’re a fast-food employee, like I once was, you probably:
- take care of cleaning tasks
- ensure employees remain safe
- handle inventory-related matters
- make sure customers remain happy
Every job has value! Your job has much more value than you think. Take a moment to write down every single task you do during a typical work week. You’ll likely be amazed at how many valuable things you can list on your resume and cover letters.
7. Always Create a Cover Letter
One of the best tips I can give you for finding a job quickly is to create a cover letter for each application you send in. I can almost promise you that, unless a company specifically mentions “no cover letter,” you need to create a cover letter.
What is a cover letter? A cover letter is a way for a job seeker to introduce themselves to a business. In a cover letter, make sure that you mention your interest in the position you’re applying for and how your past accomplishments make you a great fit for this role.
When creating a cover letter, it’s best to not go over a single page. Remember that hiring managers don’t want to read a 1,000-word essay on why you’re the right employee for the job. Considering that, try to use as few paragraphs as possible.
Here are a few great tips to keep in mind when creating a cover letter.
Research the Job and Company
As I’ve mentioned before, you’re most likely going to face competition when applying for a job. How do you set yourself apart from all of them? By researching the company you’re applying for. This doesn’t mean you have to start digging through every page of their financial reports or website pages. Instead, look for a website’s News or About Us section(s).
Let’s try a random, large company as an example. Let’s imagine you’re applying for a job at Walgreen’s (I said it would be random), here’s what their About Us page looks like. I’ve highlighted three important pieces of information you could use in your cover letter if you’re applying at Walgreen’s.
Always Include Your Relevant Contact Information
Another important tip is to place all of your relevant contact information in your cover letter, at the top of this document. This typically includes your name, address, email address (choose something professional, please!), and phone number. Unless the application specifically calls for it, leave out any social media links or account names.
Make It Personal
If you’re trying to get a job quickly, I understand that you don’t want to spend lots of time on a cover letter. However, once you get into the groove and create a few of these, it shouldn’t take more than 15-20 minutes to create a solid cover letter. But, whatever you do, don’t just find the first template you see or make and repeat it for every job application. Hiring managers and recruiters will weed out cover letters that use “this position,” “this company,” and “this job” real fast.
8. To Find a Job Fast, Ask People You Know
If you don’t know anyone, there are easy ways to solve this problem. I used to read a lot about networking by meeting people in person at network events.
These are different from job fairs (which are awesome). At networking events, it’s people talking to each other. There might be employment opportunities, there might not be.
Networking events can be great for those who are up for it. Unfortunately, these events aren’t always going on. Also, you’re probably wanting to start networking now. Not in three weeks. Therefore, start connecting with people on LinkedIn.
Where to start? I’d begin by narrowing down searches by your city and the type of work you’re looking for. For example, someone with a marketing degree in San Diego needs to be searching for marketing companies in San Diego on LinkedIn.
After you’ve found these companies, look for anyone posting content, and connect with them. It’s rare that anyone will flat out reject your connection request. Also, leave a “like” for any content they’re posting/sharing and leave an insightful comment.
You don’t need to spend more than five minutes thinking of something that shows you’ve read the article. If you don’t have time to read it, skim through and find a point to comment about. In some cases, they’ll reply. Networking 101.
Why not use this opportunity to inquire if they have any hiring opportunities available? However, save that question for messages. You don’t want to ask if a company is hiring in the comments section.
9. Don’t Put Your Past Employer on Blast
I can’t say for sure but, if you’re looking for a job quickly, it might have been because of a sudden falling out with your last employer. This is nothing to be ashamed of, these things happen. With that said, it’s easy for someone who is no longer with a company to feel angry towards that business. But no company you’re about to work for has to know that.
An unavoidable part of almost any hiring process involves asking an applicant why they’re no longer working with their previous employer. When you get this question, be honest (you never know if they’ve already spoken with your former boss) and paint what happened as a learning experience.
10. Consider Working Remotely to Get a Job Quickly
While it’s an unfortunate event, the world is currently still dealing with the spread of coronavirus. When this first happened, many people and companies were sent into a downward spiral. To help cope with this new challenge, companies around the world begin focusing more on finding and hiring remote workers. A remote worker is another term given to someone that works from home. If you make money writing online, as an example, you’re a remote worker.
While this website does contain a lot of content about marketing, after all it is called Content Marketing Life, you don’t have to be a marketer to find remote work. In a recent post, I listed 29 great ways to make money from home. When I was researching this piece, one of the coolest things I came across was remote teaching and course creation.
If you’re someone who is currently looking for work amidst the spread of coronavirus, think about what you did in your previous line of work. Chances are, there’s a way that you can use your skills and experience to teach others remotely.
11. Keep Your Phone By Your Side
After submitting your resume, cover letter, and application, you’ll now start dealing with one of the most difficult but unavoidable aspects of job hunting: the waiting period. Unfortunately, there’s no way to guarantee when an interested employer is going to reach back out to you. There’s also the issue that the next time an employer contacts you, it might not be good news.
With all of that being said, you’re never going to know what they have to tell you unless you keep your smartphone by your side. This is a key aspect of finding a job fast because it lets employers know you’re reliable and it shows you’re interested. If you’re someone that tends to miss calls when your phone is on vibrate, start turning the ringer up as loud as it will go.
12. If You Miss an Employer’s Call, Dial Them Back ASAP
Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do to avoid missing a phone call. If this happens, and a potential employer just left you a voice mail, there’s no need to panic. Instead, quickly find a way to write down any contact information you receive and call them back right away. I mention the importance of noting their contact information because the number they’ll need you to call isn’t always the one that will show up on your phone.
13. Delete Any Unwanted Voicemails to Avoid a Full Inbox
Here’s another great tip, after you’re done reading this article (and maybe sharing it on social media to help a brother out), access your phone’s voicemail. You can typically do this by dialing your own number into your smartphone and entering a PIN, which brings up the voicemail menu. After doing this, make sure to clear your inbox of unwanted messages.
It might sound simple, but this is a tip I wish I remembered when my inbox was full and potential employers were unable to leave me messages for months. Most busy hiring managers aren’t going to tell you to clear your inbox if they’re unable to leave you a message.
14. Continue Checking Your Email Inbox and Spam Folder
Another way that potential hiring managers and recruiters contact applicants is by email. With that in mind, make sure that you have a way to stay on top of checking your email inbox. You don’t need to obsessively check your inbox every five minutes or anything. It is a good idea to check your email multiple times throughout the day, especially while you’re job hunting.
I also recommend keeping an eye on your email inbox’s spam folder. I’ve experienced many times where important emails, including some relating to jobs, were accidentally placed in the spam folder of my email provider.
15. Dress Nicely for Your Job Interview
Eventually, you should begin having companies contact you to set up an in-person or remote interview. Regardless of the situation, always make sure that you dress nicely for your interview. Dressing up shows a potential employer that you want to make a great first impression. You don’t have to overthink this. Many types of online style guides can that can help you dress appropriately for a job interview. Below, you’ll see great examples of how to pull off a business casual style (widely accepted for most interview settings).
16. Send a Quick Post-Interview Thank You Email
This is a tip that I learned later in life. If I had learned it earlier, it might have helped me snag a few jobs that I really wanted. A recruiter told me that, after one of my interviews, it would be a great idea to email my interviewer with a quick thank you. At first, it seemed like such an extra tip that I didn’t want to do it.
However, during this time, I needed a job badly. So, I sent the thank you email. I didn’t get the job, but I still always follow up an interview thanking the interviewer for their time.
17. Don’t Be a Pest During the Waiting Process
You’ll notice earlier that I mentioned how it’s good to send a follow-up email. I highly recommend doing this instead of calling an employer and asking them if they made a decision. You want to show an employer that you want this position, I get it. But being too much of a pest can make you come off as desperate, which can turn many people away.
Instead of making phone calls to follow up, send an initial thank you email after your interview. In most cases, an employer should give you a timeline of when they’ll make their decision.
18. Avoid Getting Your Heart Set on a Position
When you’re looking through all of the job openings available, it’s understandable to find a few that you want to get much more than others. While it’s great to have ambition and look for jobs that make you happy, it’s important to never get your heart set on a job. If you’re like me and most other people, the road to finding a job is one that contains rejection letters.
Instead of doing this, apply to lots of jobs with high-quality resumes and see what happens. Be happy with any progress you make and the right job will make its way into your life.
19. Give Yourself Time to Relax and Unwind
Trust me, I know the importance of finding a job quickly. However, the hunt to find a new job should never come at the expense of your mental and physical health. While I’m a firm believer in working hard, I also know how damaging it is to keep going without a break for yourself.
As you continue job hunting, take breaks to eat, meditate, take a walk, exercise, whatever it is that helps you take a brief break from your work. This will help ensure that you’re rested and ready to continue working to get a job quickly.
What Is the Average Time It Takes to Find a Job?
One of the most common questions I hear is how long does it take to find a job? This is a completely understandable question. Considering that, many factors that go into how it takes to land a new job. In a post from March 2020, Indeed estimates that it takes about nine weeks to land (not find) a new job.
However, it’s important to note that this is the average time it takes for someone to land a new job. If you follow the right tips (like the ones you’ll read about below), you’ll likely find a job quicker than the average person who isn’t doing their research.
You would be amazed at how many people go into a job interview and even an application totally unprepared. If you don’t believe me, you’ll want to learn about a recent study from ERE, a recruiting intelligence company, that should put a completely new spin on the importance of completing each and every step of the job application process.
If you were to make to the end of a job application and finish it, judging by the data above, you’re putting yourself ahead of 50% of the applicants just by finishing the application! If you know how to create a good resume, you can easily make it into those lucky 25 that get their resumes read by hiring managers. Remember that, just by completing an application and turning in a nice resume, you’ll be well on your way to getting a job quickly.
So, there you have it, a nice list of essential job hunting tips to help you get a job quickly. Feel free to bookmark this page and share it with others that are looking for work during this difficult time. Thank you for checking this out and good luck finding your next job!