Five tips to help you find jobs faster

February 21, 2019

1. Learn to unlearn, and learn again.

Even if you don’t recognize them, you likely have some bad job search habits that you need to ditch. Focus your energy on unlearning undesired behaviors and tasks, then compile new skills and behaviors to learn. By learning new skills, and ditching the undesired or unneeded ones, you improve your chances since employers are looking for job seekers with current skills.

2. Use professional job search service

There’s no harm in using the resources available to you. Professional job search services can help in creating an environment where you can succeed. People and resources to consider include:

  • Career coaches
  • Resume writers
  • Professional membership organizations
  • Career assessments
  • Cover letter writers
  • Headhunter or recruiter

3. Build a job search networks

You don’t want to go through your job search alone. Whether you’re feeling stuck in a rut or bursting with positive news, you need a support team to keep you on track and share your success with. Employ your friends, family, and network to provide you with the support, direction, and accountability you need.

4. Focus on the details

Success can be found in the details. Revamp and perfect your cover letter and resume so that employers feel you are talking directly to them. Create a portfolio or website showcasing your best work. And, don’t forget to manage your social media profiles. HR professionals and hiring managers are looking at all the different pieces of who you are to make a decision. Make your best impression by focusing on the details and keeping things professional.

5. Career plan

You wouldn’t buy a car or a house without a plan, so why would you approach your job search without one? You shouldn’t. To find a job faster, you need to set goals and outline a plan for how you will conduct your job search. Then, you need to make sure to work towards your goals, and revisit your plan as time passes. While your timeline might not go to plan, it will go much more smoothly and quickly than if you simply winged it.