One of the most common questions asked by job seekers is ‘how long will it take me to find a job?’ That’s not any easy question to answer since it’s dependent on so many factors, such as the amount of time you spend looking, where you look, your employability, the type of work you are applying for and how healthy the job market is where you’re searching. However, there are things you can do that should help move things along more quickly.
As a job seeker, you never know when an opportunity will appear, but you can be ready for when it does happen. That means having a basic CV template and covering letter ready to be moulded into shape for the specific job for which you are applying. Even if you’re not proactively looking for a career move, you should have this ready and saved somewhere convenient so should a possible job come along that piques your interest, you can apply quickly and get your foot in the door.
There’s No Time Like The Present
Which brings us along nicely to our next tip: don’t procrastinate. Apply as soon as possible. It’s thought that as many as 50% of all hires are made within a week of the job appearing in on job advertising sites. The same applies to emails and phone calls. If a recruiter contacts you for more information, follow up as soon as possible, by telephone if you can.
If you are actively job-hunting, don’t restrict where you look for work. Find as many sources of job adverts as you can. Track down online job advertising sites and don’t neglect agency jobs. By casting a wide net you can open up your options and make sure more opportunities come your way.
It’s not always apparent from job adverts which roles are most suited to your skills. So don’t eliminate potential jobs until you’ve done a little research. You might discover that something that didn’t look right could be ideal, so keep your options open and don’t ignore avenues or vacancies until you’ve examined the role more closely. Not only can this help keep you motivated, but a lot of the time, looking at one possibility in more depth opens up the door to other opportunities. Look outside your usual skill set and niche.
While many recruiters will focus on your core competencies, they are also looking for skills that can be transferred into other areas, so even if the job doesn’t look right at the outset, that doesn’t mean you’re not a suitable candidate. Let them know that you are willing to learn.
Get Ready For An Interview Before You’re Asked
Most interviews follow a general format, so have your interview skills prepped so you can answer standard questions and make a good impression. In fact, even if you don’t think the role is right for you, it might be a good idea to attend as many interviews as possible in order to make sure your interview skills are up to scratch. The experience will stand you in good stead when you’re called to interview for a job that you really want.
Get Your CV Online
The Internet has revolutionised the way we find work – and how employers recruit. The more places you can get your CV, the more opportunities will come your way. Track down as many job advertising sites and get your CV on them. Don’t forget social networking platforms, such as LinkedIn. Many jobseeker sites offer free tools that can help you with your job hunt.
Register With A Good Recruitment Agency
Make sure you look at job advertising site with agency jobs. Not all recruitment agencies are created equal. Find the best. If you work in a specialist field, track down an agency that that deals with your industry and register with them. The best agencies will take the time to get to know you, advise on your CV and the most suitable opportunities. Keep in touch to let them know that you’re still looking for work.
Don’t Give Up
Being a jobseeker can be stressful. Don’t be put off by rejection. It happens to everyone. The key to success is how much effort you put in to your job search. Do it well and, eventually, you will succeed.
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