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5 tips to speed up your job search

February 27, 2015 09:22 IST
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Job search is a two-way process -- you must find ways to get the employer know that you're looking for a prospective opportunity.

Here are some tips to get you closer to your dream job.

It is important to make the most of your time during your job searchJob search is nothing short of a full-job in itself regardless of whether you are a fresher or whether you are looking for job change.

When the point comes where you know you need a job, it is chaos city because there is so much to do.

While you may not realise in the beginning, the hours can add up quite quickly and give you a headache.

Thankfully, job search needn't be so tedious.

You can get away with a lot of time in your hands provided you do the right things at the right time.

Listed below are a few steps that will definitely help you save some time in job search:

Use social media

With the advent of the Internet and the popularity of social media, pretty much everything has become quick and easy.

Social media is an excellent short cut to finding jobs and numerous freshers as well as experienced people are benefiting from it.

Use the four major platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google Plus to your advantage during job search.

Create genuine and clean profiles on each of these and put in all your details.

After that, start following businesses and people of interest.

Updates from them are quite frequent on social media and these days, almost all businesses are using these channels to broadcast job openings.

Simply by following them you can be updated.

Also, connecting with them directly especially through LinkedIn is a smart idea.

Remember that managers usually check your online profiles out to judge your capabilities.

Thus, your profiles must truly represent who you are.

You may worry about losing out on an opportunity because you didn’t check your profiles during the day but you can avoid that by simply turning on notifications for them or by regularly checking your platforms once a day or once in two days.

Use Google alerts

Google provides us with numerous tools and techniques to make things easier and these are not restricted only to businesses.

Google Alerts is an excellent tool that will save you a lot of time while searching for a job.

You can sign up and enter your preferred key phrases based on the skills or requirements you're looking for.

Google will send you e-mails with links related to these key phrases. Thus, you can let Google do the job for you!

Subscribe to e-mail alerts

Job e-mail alerts are similar to Google Alerts but these come handy for people who don’t really prefer social media.

Set up these alerts and let them know what you are looking for.

Soon your inbox will have updates about jobs that you are interested in.

Use a job seeker account

Many people avoid setting up an account because it is a tiresome process.

But once you go through the process, things will become easier for you.

By creating a job seeker account, you can get access to job opportunities that are relevant to you.

You will also receive newsletters every week or month highlighting vacancies that you may find to your liking.

Use job search engines

Job search engines are dedicated websites for jobs.

Employers post their requirements on these sites and you can check them out, applying directly as and where you are interested.

Indeed.com is an excellent example of job search engines.

There are many others as well but you should make sure you choose reliable ones so that you are not confused or overwhelmed with too many e-mails in your inbox!

All these methodologies will enable you to relax because they minimise the headache of conducting thorough offline and online research, visiting offices, and emailing companies continuously in the hope of finding a vacancy.

These methods have proven to be excellent means for everyone searching for a job.

Additional Tips

  • Make sure your CV is updated. A common mistake is that many people fail to update their CVs. They keep sending the same old CV that they created years ago. Underestimating the power of a resume along with the cover letter often leads to rejection despite being fit for the job. Updating your CV at the last moment can cause panic and unnecessary mistakes. Make sure you have an updated and error-free CV even before you start your job search.
  • Make sure your online profiles are updated, especially LinkedIn. Add all relevant points including volunteering experience, awards, and so on.
  • Schedule some time every day for job search so that you dedicate this time to checking out various emails, applying to various opportunities, and getting in touch with professionals without distractions.
  • Business communication is the key here. You must work towards building your professional network so that you have more exposure.
  • Follow professional advice and tips from successful entrepreneurs and related websites so that you prepare yourself for job interviews as well as the job.

Stay focused and use the Internet to your benefit. You’ll be able to save a lot of time in job search!

Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

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