Sometimes you just need to find a job fast. It may not be your dream job. It may not be part of your long term plan. And maybe you’ll need to stick it out until a better job comes along. The fact is, sometimes life circumstances call for a regular paycheck, stat.
Here are our top 10 tips for landing a job fast.
- Get Brainstorming
- Reach out to connections
- Apply by Phone
- Sell yourself
- Consider a temporary job or a casual job
- Prepare a tailored cover letter
- Be flexible and available for interviews
- Have references ready
- Use a recruiter
- Save yourself a step and sign up for job email alerts
Been slogging it off in a corporate role? Reeling it in working a trade? Running an on-the-side freelance gig? Whatever you’ve been doing so far, now is the time to explore other options in your field. Think up as many jobs as you can in your field of expertise and then branch out from there. If getting a job fast is key then expanding your horizons is the best way to do this. As a backup, you can always change jobs once you’ve got some pay coming in and you can breathe.
Reach out to connections
At least 60% – some report even higher statistics – of all jobs are attained on the “hidden job market”. So what exactly is the “hidden job market?” It’s all those positions that get filled before they make it to recruiters or job search sites. How do they get filled? Mainly by pre-existing connections. Who wants to go to all the bother of recruiting for a role when they already know someone who knows someone, and can get it done faster, easier, and cheaper? Before you spend a huge chunk of time job searching, hit up family and friends. Put the word out on social media. Contact people on LinkedIn. You could sort yourself a massive shortcut and start earning straightaway.
Apply by phone
Calling a potential employer is often a great move to make when you need a job fast. It demonstrates an extra level of confidence and initiative and it gives you the opportunity to not only make a personal connection, but hopefully to impress them on the call. Remember, people will form an immediate impression of you based on your tone of voice and telephone manner. If you can pull it off, a good phone call may allow you to establish a positive rapport with the hiring manager and put you a step ahead of the rest.
Whether you call a potential employer or try to seem them in person, be ready to sell yourself from the start. Here’s a good plan:
- Explain that you are enquiring about a job opening or are interested in career opportunities at their organisation
- Give a brief (but impressive as you can) overview of your background
- Give one or two points that demonstrate you are a good fit for the company
- Ask one or two questions that demonstrate you’ve done your research
- If this is over the phone, ask if you can make an appointment to come in and speak with someone in person
- Thank them for their time
Make sure you are courteous and polite to every person you speak to and be ready to write down any information they give you.
If you reach a voicemail, clearly state your name and number, and the purpose of your call. Repeat your phone number and make sure you sound friendly and confident.
Consider a temporary or casual job
The best move might be some temp work or casual hours to keep you going. Contact a temp recruitment agency and let them do the work for you. Check out job sites and apply for a range of casual positions. Bar or cafe work is perfect for this. You don’t need too much experience and you’ll be up and running in no time. Start earning cash straight away. Once you’re sorted for now, you can focus on something a little more permanent.
Prepare a tailored cover letter
Don’t miss this important step because you are in a rush! Hiring managers only spend between 5-7 seconds reviewing a resume, so it’s important to grab their attention with a cover letter. It’s best practice to change the cover letter for each position you apply for. Give a brief summary of your qualifications and touch on how you plan to help the company thrive. Hiring managers want to know what sets you apart from other applicants. Without this, it’s possible your resume may not stand out and you may be passed up for the position.
Be flexible and available for interviews
If you’re seeking a job fast you’ll need to be super easy to interview. Include your phone, email and Skype details on your job application and tell them you’re ready to make time to speak asap. Keep your schedule free to interview. If you want everything to move fast you should be good to go when the opportunities arise!
Have references ready
References are important, and employers check them. Get recommendations from bosses, co-workers, clients, subordinates, and suppliers. Store them on sites like LinkedIn and share them whenever possible. If you’re worried about getting a lousy reference from your supervisor, work on getting some personal references you can add to your credentials
Use a recruiter
Recruiters are always looking for fresh talent. If you’ve got awesome skills (which, of course, you do) in a particular sector, seek out a recruiter working in your industry. Even if they don’t have a job for you, they can probably give you the lay of the land for that job market. If you’re lucky, maybe you’re the person they’ve been waiting for!
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