How to Quickly Find a Job in Less Time Than Anyone Else
A lot of people take far longer than they expect to find a job. Even people you would expect to quickly get the new job that they deserve.
If you want to reduce the amount of time that it takes you to find a job, then read on to discover our extremely proactive approach that uses the most up-to-date job search strategies and techniques.
The 4 methods we recommend have been thoroughly tried and tested and are proven to work in today's jobs' market.
1. Find a Job Through Advertised Vacancies
There seem to be millions of advertised job vacancies, they're advertised on job sites, recruitment agencies and employers websites, local and national newspapers, trade magazines and journals, etc.
So, you would think that it should be really easy to find a new job, but:
- You'll find that a lot of these jobs are exactly the same job, just advertised in multiple places, thanks multi-posting websites that allow employers and recruiters to instantly post the same vacancy to many different publications and websites at the same time.
- It's also become too easy to apply for a job now, it just takes a few clicks to apply for an advertised job vacancy, which means that the number of applications for each job vacancy are rising rapidly.
- 100s of people are now applying for each individual job vacancy, due to each job being features on multiple websites / publications and how easy it is to apply in a couple of clicks.
Your own CV can easily be lost amongst the 100s of other applicants' CVs. So, how can you increase your chances of securing an interview for an advertised job vacancy?
- By ensuring that your CV stands out compared to all the other CVs. Make sure you produce an excellent CV, which highlights everything that you have to offer compared to all the other candidates who applied.
- Most people have a poor CV, even though they probably don't realise it, so get yourself a free CV review and find out the crucial mistakes you are making and how to improve your CV.
- If you can't produce an outstanding CV yourself, then you should consider getting a professional CV from Bradley CVs who can create a truly distinctive CV that shows off exactly what skills, experience and achievements you have.
Have you included a cover letter when you applied?
- Even on job boards you can either upload a cover letter with your application to an employer or instead there may be a box you can fill in. Don't miss your opportunity to engage with the employer / recruiter.
- Failing to include a cover letter (or fill in the box) is a real missed opportunity. How much better would it be to send a cover letter that states exactly why you would be the ideal candidate for the job.
- You should consider getting a professional cover letter and please check out our example cover letter.
2. Recruitment Agencies Can Help You Find a Job
When you're searching to find a job a great recruitment agency can be a real ally and they can make it so much easier for you. They can connect you directly with employers who have jobs that they want to fill.
See our UK recruitment agency finder to locate the best agency for you.
Putting a good CV together is essential when you're hoping to get job agencies to find you a job, because:
- They don't have time to rewrite your CV and will be equally happy sending an employer someone else's CV if that CV is far better than yours.
- It doesn't even matter if you're actually a better candidate, all the recruiter and employer have to go on at this stage is your CV and if it's poor why should they bother with you?
So if your current CV is poor don't expect recruitment consultants to necessarily take much notice of you. If you want to improve your CV, then please take a look at our example CVs to see how to produce a CV that will make both employers and recruiters think about interviewing you.
3. Speculative Job Applications to Employers
Another great way to find a job is by making speculative applications to employers. If you can identify the employers that you would like to work for, then you can directly approach them yourself.
- It's easy to draw up a list of employers, as you can use the Internet to research and find suitable employers. On the employers' websites they may already be advertising for the sort of job that you'd like, in which case you can apply for it.
- Even if the type of job you want to apply for isn't currently listed on the employers' websites, you can still send them a speculative cover letter stating your interest in working for them.
- Make sure that you find out how to address a cover letter correctly, as you don't want to miss out on an interview just because you got something simple wrong.
- As before you'll need to produce a CV that will make the employers want to interview you, please see our CV tips if you want to learn how you can quickly improve your CV.
4. Find a Job Through Networking
Networking, both online and offline can enable you to quickly find a job, as along as you are fully prepared to put in a fair amount of time and effort to ensure that networking will work for you.
Networking in the context of finding a job means using your existing list of personal contacts and making new contacts to construct a 'network' to enable you to find a job. For further details please see our networking article.
- Traditionally this involved using the telephone and meeting face-to-face with people, but the Internet now adds another dimension to this.
- LinkedIn.com is the best known online business networking site and can be used to connect with employers and recruitment agencies as part of your job search campaign.
- To get yourself on LinkedIn, you need to create a profile for yourself that other people can then view. You must ensure that your Profile represents the best you have to offer, otherwise why would people bother to contact you.
- If you need help with your LinkedIn Profile then Bradley CVs is very experienced in producing high impact LinkedIn Profiles that will impress an employer or recruitment agency.
To speed up your search to find a job, you need to fully utilise the 4 methods of finding a job we have list above: advertised job vacancies, recruitment agencies, speculative applications to employers and networking.
You must ensure that your CV and cover letters are as good as they can possibly be. Employers and recruitment agencies will reject poor CVs and will only offer you job interviews if your CV and cover letter is superior to those they receive from other applicants.
It doesn't matter how good you are, if your CV doesn't clearly demonstrate that you are the ideal candidate, then you won't get any interviews.
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