Are you having a hard time finding a job (especially one you love), and starting to feel discouraged? The job search process isn’t easy, but here are some things that don't take a lot of time that can help you get hired fast.
Some of the items on the list are little things that truly make a difference. Others are significant enough that they can make or break your job search. Carefully review the list to see if there's anything that you're not doing and give it a try.
1. Applying for Every Job You Find Isn’t Always a Good Idea:
Focus your search on jobs that you’re qualified for. You’ll have a better chance of getting selected for an interview. Sitting there at night after work and/or on the weekends sending out as many resumes and cover letters as you can is going to be a waste of time. Before you start job hunting, take the time to decide what type of job and environment you are actually seeking.
2. Don’t Stop Applying for Jobs While You Are Waiting to Hear Back:
This one frustrates me. Too many people feel they are all set because a company said the interview went well. Most job seekers are rejected by over 15 employers before landing a job. KEEP applying. KEEP reaching out. EVEN when you have an offer. Worst case scenario, you’ll be juggling multiple job offers - and last time I checked, that was a good thing!
3. Networking Is an Essential Component of Successful Job Hunting:
Over 80% of jobs are found through networking, whether it’s online or in-person. You never know who can help you find your next job unless you talk to others, and not just through a vague LinkedIn message or email. Be bold. Tell people you are looking for a job!
4. Follow-up Is Imperative:
So, you applied for a job and didn’t get it. A few weeks later, you notice that the position is still open. Feel free to try again! And keep trying different avenues. Take note of anything that may have gone wrong the first time and take another crack at it. This shows initiative and your ability to develop and grow. Don’t fall asleep on the next step in your career!
5. Be Engaged:
When you get the interview, hiring managers and employers want to know that you are listening and interested in what they have to say. This means you have to be engaged! Ask questions if something is unclear, nod to show you are listening and keep eye contact (definitely either leave your phone in the car or turn it off). 67% of hiring managers say they've eliminated candidates after an interview because they failed to make enough eye contact. Again, this shows confidence and a sense of leadership - something that companies value greatly.
Of course, one of the best ways to show you’re engaged is by doing due diligence on the company. Browse their website, read reviews, learn their mission and the values they are built on. Bring notes from your research on the company to your interview. This research will give you ideas for questions to ask your interviewer and will show the interview team you are confident and mean business. There’s nothing more impressive than someone who shows up prepared and ready to tackle any obstacles ahead.
So what are you waiting for? Let's get you hired!