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What can you do when you have to find a job fast? It's not easy, but there are steps you can take to expedite your job search. Spending some time to get your job search in order, keeping it organized, focused, and on the fast track will help you find a job faster than if you don't have a plan in place.
Rather than missing your job search targets, you'll be spending your time job searching in an effective manner if you take it one step at a time - and stay on top of managing job search process.
Plan and Organize Your Job Search
Taking a few minutes to make a list of everything you're going to do to job search, is a great way to get your job hunt off to a good start. In addition to knowing what you're going to do, you'll have the satisfaction of crossing items off your list. Take some time now to organize your job search and the entire process will be easier.
Write Your Resume
Your resume needs to be professional and polished, because if you don't have a professional resume, your application materials probably won't get a second glance from a hiring manager.
Create a Personal Cover Letter Template
Write a cover letter you can use as a starting point for the customized cover letters you are going to write when you apply for jobs. It will give you a base to work with and it's good practice. When you find jobs to apply for, the basics will be in place and you'll only need to take the time to target your letter to each job opening.
Create / Update Your Professional Profiles
One of the most important parts of online job searching is your profiles. That's what you use to connect with people in your network and your profile is how you get found on LinkedIn and other networking sites by potential employers. Create profiles if you don't have them and update your profiles if you do, so they are current and compelling.
Select Job Search Websites
Don't post your resume or look for jobs on every job search website under the sun or use all of them to job search. Instead, speed up your job search by using the job search engines to search for jobs across the Internet. Also, select niche sites, which are job sites focused on a specific industry or career field, and local job sites, that list jobs in a city, region, or state, that are match for the types of jobs and where you want to work.
Use Your Words
When you're searching for jobs online, it is important for you to type in the best criteria (search words) to make your searches the most relevant to retrieve your target jobs.
Network Your Way to a New Job
Career networking should be a part of your daily job search routine. It doesn't take long to send an email or a LinkedIn or Facebook message just to say hello and to mention that you're job searching.
Ace the Interview
The rest of this advice will be to no avail if you do all the right job search stuff, then blow the interview. Once you have been selected for a job interview, it's important to prepare properly. That means practicing interview questions and answers, dressing in appropriate interview attire, and, after the interview, sending thank you letters to your interviewers.
Follow up - with everyone. As I mentioned, send a thank you email or note after your job interviews. Send a quick message on LinkedIn or Facebook or a Direct Message on Twitter to the people who help with your job search, gave you a job lead, put you in touch with a connection, or gave you advice. A little thanks goes a long way.
JOB SEARCH TOOLS
Job Search Tools
In addition to the standard job search tools you need to conduct a professional job search (like a professional email address and voicemail), there are new tools, and new features on existing resources to help you expedite your job search.
Before you seek employment make sure you have the appropriate tools for a professional and business-like job search because the first impression you give an employer is the most important one.
Facebook Apps for Job Searching
Just about everyone is using Facebook for personal networking, but you can use it for professional networking, as well. With lots of job search applications to choose from, Facebook is becoming more than a social networking site. These Facebook applications can all be used as part of your job search.
Job Search iPhone Apps
There are a variety of job search apps available for your iPhone and iPod Touch. You can download apps that search for jobs by keyword and location, email job listings, keep track of your contacts, and even create a resume.
Using Instant Messenger (IM) to Job Search
Instant messaging (IM) services can be a good tool to use when job searching. If you have an instant message account you can use it for networking, both with the people on your buddy list and with professional contacts.
Job Search Engines
Use a job search engine to search the top job sites, company sites and online newspapers. There are a variety of job search engine sites that will search all the job sites and even the search engines to capture new job postings.
LinkedIn and Your Job Search
How to use LinkedIn as part of your job search, including how to increase your visibility and connections, so employers and recruiters can find you.
We hope that these tips will help you on your way however if you would like some one to one advice, call us for a friendly chat on 045898037