Job hunts can be taxing. The lengthy processes of searching for the right jobs, filling out the often-lengthy applications, and awaiting a response can be tiring and at times, even overwhelming. Job hunters in the UK spend an average of 10 weeks in the process of searching for and finding a job.
The ideal situation would be to minimise that timeframe, but the question is: how? How does one shorten the process of searching, vetting, and applying? We’ve pulled together our top five steps to finding your dream job faster.
1. Figure out what exactly you want
During the job search process, it’s easy to get sidetracked by all the different opportunities available. You may end up down a rabbit hole of applying for jobs within your niche when your initial reason for finding a new job was to branch out and try something new. Alternatively, you may apply for similar roles to your own, when you initially wanted to make a vertical shift. It’s very important to reflect before your job hunt and define exactly what it is you’re looking for, down to the details. This can include but is not limited to location, salary, position, industry, or company culture.
2. Update your professional social media profile
LinkedIn is the single most effective free social media tool in aiding job seekers to find their ideal job. Use it! Make sure you have an updated LinkedIn profile, including elements from your CV such as prior and current relevant work experiences and relevant skills. You can also post articles and ideas on your area of expertise to reach a wider audience. Recruiters are always searching for potential recruits on LinkedIn, and an impressive profile is sure to attract some traffic and interest, especially if you get some recommendations or endorsements from colleagues. LinkedIn also provides tons of networking opportunities, the latest job postings and access to industry groups.
3. Reach out to your network
On the topic of LinkedIn, it’s a giant hub for networking! Once you’ve narrowed down your search criteria for a job, reach out to people in your network who are currently or have been previously employed by the companies you are interested in working for. Set up coffee chats or even just message them to check-in, and there’s a big chance they’ll be happy to help and will connect you with someone who can help you. You should also reach out to your broader network, such as neighbours or friends of friends, or look up industry events that you can attend to try and meet new people. Do whatever works best for you. Reaching out to your network may get you fast-tracked to an interview, or can even help you find out about jobs before they are externally posted!
4. Create automatic search alerts
Most job hunting sites like Indeed or Monster allow you to create job alerts for jobs matching your specifications. This could save you tons of time you would have spent scrolling through jobs every night, and instead of displaying a list of those that ticked all your boxes.
5. Get your CV professionally edited
Your CV is essentially the first impression. There is no room for mistakes – if there are any errors, typos, confusing sentences or varying fonts, it indicates to the reader that you’re unprofessional, lacks attention to detail or even worse: that you don’t care that much about the job you’re applying for. At the very least, you should be getting your CV proofread by someone you know.
To really stand out, get your CV professionally edited!
As they say, there is no greater investment than one in yourself.