Does it ever feel like your job search is starting off super slow or that you’re getting stuck trying to find the right job for you? It’s ok. You’re not alone.

Looking for a job is like a game of chance. Sometimes you can get lucky and zoom right through the process and find a job in the snap of your fingers, but other times, you can get unlucky and spend MONTHS applying for your dream job. But what if we had easy, quick solutions to help you speed up your process a bit more? I mean seriously, who doesn’t want to save time? There could be a lot of better things to be doing like going out with your friends for brunch or binge-watching Euphoria.

So, are you ready to learn what can really make your job search successful? Well, let’s get started!

Always Be Prepared

One of the biggest downfalls someone can make before tackling a job search is not being prepared. Being prepared means more than having your laptop charged and snacks to keep you hyped. It means making sure you have designated different points of contact that are enlisted on your resume so that companies can contact you.

Start by setting up a personal email account for all your job inquiries or even making a separate folder in your personal email that’s designated to your job search. Don’t forget to include your cell phone number on your resume as well. You’ll want to consider making sure your voicemail recording is appropriate before companies start to call you back about potential interviews.

Update Everything

You aren’t going to be able to apply for jobs without making sure your resume and cover letter are up-to-date. Always, ALWAYS, make sure to make copies of both of them so that you can illustrate your resume according to the requirements of the jobs you want to apply for. If you’re looking for fun, free templates to try out, give Canva a try.

Job Search Engines Are Your Friend

What’s one of the easiest tools to help you find a job? Job search engines! When looking for potential openings, job search engines like LinkedIn and Google Jobs will span across any major job boards, company sites, and other job postings to help you find a job that’s fit for you. By using the ‘Advanced Search’ setting, you’re able to filter requirements based on your experience and specific job needs. Not only does this save you time from scouring every individual company’s site for job openings, but it helps you find jobs faster.

Seek Out Professional Guidance

Job search advice can go a long way. Sometimes, we often find ourselves overwhelmed with the number of jobs available that we need help on where to start or just need help sprucing up our cover letters and resumes so that we are able to stand out among the competition.

A great solution to assist you throughout your job search is reaching out to a career counselor. The best part about this? It’s free! Pop on over to your college career office, local public library, or State Department Labor offices to help steer your job search on the right path. If you do decide to seek outside job counseling that costs money, it’s important to do your research to ensure that you’re getting a bang out of your buck and receiving guidance that can make a huge impact throughout your search.

Reach Out to Your Network

One of your greatest assets in finding your ideal job is reaching out to the people around you. Let your friends, family, mentors, etc. that you’re looking for opportunities. Maybe they could lead you to your dream job. Any help is good help. But don’t stop there. Keep in mind other important networking opportunities to help you get moving:

  • Get social — Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram are great places to discover jobs before they hit job boards. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and about 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees. Social media can be a great platform to promote yourself and broaden your job search resources.
  • Make sure you have references — References are a great source for people on your network to highlight your work ethic and personality. Always include a list of references in your resume that include a name, job title, company, phone number, and email address to share during the hiring process.

Now, you have the right tips to speed up your job search, it’s time to go apply for a job that’s fit for you.

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