When you need a new job, speed is often of the essence. However, job searches are classically lengthy and cumbersome, often lasting weeks and months while requiring a significant amount of time and energy.
As a result, many job seekers should do the following:
1. Always Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter
Many job seekers prefer the convenience of sending out one standard resume to every opening that may align with their skills and experience. However, doing so can harm your results.
Every employer has unique needs and priorities. Additionally, they may list different keywords in their job descriptions, and those are typically the basis for any automated resume screening technologies they use to identify the best candidates.
By tailoring the content of your resume and cover letter, you can incorporate critical keywords and address points that relate to that specific job. As a result, you’ll come across as a stronger match, increasing your odds of landing an interview and ultimately receiving a job offer.
2. Stay Organized Along the Way
It isn’t uncommon for job seekers to assume that organization during a job search isn’t critical. However, by tracking where you submit applications, a link to the job description, the date you applied, any dates provided by the company in regard to the hiring timelines, when you should follow up, and other details, you’re in better shape.
With organization, you can time your activities more effectively. Additionally, if you’re invited in for an interview, you’ll know how to access the job description, making it easier to prepare relevant answers to common questions in advance.
3. Practice Your Interview Answers
Many interviews feature similar questions. As a result, candidates can make sure that they put their best foot forward by preparing some answers in advance. Along with allowing you to carefully plan what you’d like to share – ensuring it’s targeted to the job – it also increases your comfort level, making it easier to deliver your responses with confidence.
4. Prepare the Right References
In most cases, top candidates for a position need to provide a list of references as part of the hiring process. Along with selecting professionals that speak well of you, it’s best to focus on managers or colleagues you’ve worked with recently. Additionally, you want to ensure they’ll be highly responsive, as reference-related delays can slow the hiring process.
Before you start interviewing, speak with a few professionals to confirm their willingness to act as a reference. Additionally, ask about their preferred type of contact and make sure you have their current email addresses and phone numbers. Once you prepare to interview, let them know what person or company may contact them. That way, they won’t accidentally ignore the call or email.
5. Partner with The Advance Group
When you need a job quickly, working with a recruitment agency can make all of the difference. You’ll get access to a talented recruiter who will spend time getting to know you, ensuring they can identify right-fit opportunities. Plus, with a single application, you can get access to a wide array of positions, some of which may allow you to start right away.
If you are looking to get hired immediately, the team at The Advance Group wants to hear from you. Contact us to learn more about our services and open jobs today.