Want to get hired as fast as possible in the job that’s right for you? Here are three tips that can help in any job market:
- Focus, focus, focus. Put all your effort into applying for jobs for which you are qualified and want. Applying for anything else (and everything else) is a diversion and a time waster. You’ll apply for fewer jobs by focusing. But your applications will be strong and appealing to employers, who want to quickly find right-fit candidates.
- Tailor your resume and cover letter to the job. Review the job ad and tweak your resume and cover letter to make it clear you are a solid match. This tailoring may take a few minutes or perhaps longer, but it is worth it and will help you stand out. In addition, automated applicant tracking systems may screen your resume and look for the right keywords (skills and qualifications). Using these keywords will help get your application in front of human eyes. Of course, you should always be truthful and not list qualifications you don’t have.
- Make person-to-person contact. Reach out to colleagues, former bosses and co-workers, past clients and customers, people in association and alumni groups, and others you know professionally to update them on your status. They may be aware of job openings or refer you to hiring managers. People you know socially may have connections at companies and organizations that interest you. You can also contact companies directly; you never know when they will need someone with your background. If you are interested in working for certain organizations, be sure to send them your resume even if no jobs are advertised; you may be just the person to fill their unmet needs.
No one likes a long job hunt. Use the three preceding suggestions to make yours as short and fast as possible.
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