There’s no doubt about it, conducting a job search is time consuming. In the current job market, job seekers should expect needing several months to land solid employment. However, there are many job search tasks that can be big time-wasters and set Job Seekers behind. By using these time-saving tips below, you will speed up the process and be able to focus on what matters most: sending applications.
A little research now will save you time later. Research is an important step in the job search that helps you learn not only about the company, but about yourself as well. Ask yourself:
What can I do with my degree?
A simple web search will provide you with job titles related to your degree, and may lead to prospects you may not have considered. Perhaps you went to school for Marketing. You have many career options, but you might decide to pursue a career in either Product Marketing or Market Research. Find out the average salary for the position by utilizing salary information websites, like Salary.com, to determine expected income. Write the job titles and accompanying information down to refer to later.
What companies would I consider working for?
Make a list of companies for which you would like to work, and then do your research. Read the company mission statement to find out what the company is about and determine what products or services they offer. Keep a list of the companies where your skills/expertise would be an asset.
Preparing necessary documents in advance will save time and effort in the long run. Remember, thinking ahead puts you ahead.
Create a professional email address.
This means getting rid of the “HotHunk230” and “2hot2handle” e-mail tags and replacing them with your name or initials. You might choose to use this account only for job search purposes, or create a folder within the email account solely for Job Discussions.
Set up a voicemail.
“Hey guys, I can’t get to the phone because I am too busy partying right now,” will no longer suffice. Use a simple straightforward message and include the following: a greeting; your name; statement that you cannot take their call right now; invitation to leave a message; and when they can expect a call back. Keep voicemails under 25 seconds as a rule of thumb.
Have an up-to-date resume saved.
Even if you are not currently searching for employment, it is important to keep your resume current. This prevents you from spending hours revising your resume when you decide you are ready to start looking for employment.
Have list of references ready.
In most cases, you will include a “References Available Upon Request” statement in your resume; however, you should have a references list ready in advance so you are not left scrambling for references when you get a call. When selecting references, remember to choose people who know you best and who have good things to say about you. You might want to include two types of references: Professional and Personal, so that you have the bases covered.
Create a system of organization.
Keep all job-related information in a designated place. Create a Job folder on your computer, and use sub-folders to organize information within. For example, you might choose to keep Job Titles in one folder and Companies in another. Simple organization makes it easier and quicker for you to retrieve the information when you need it.
You don’t have to be in this alone—there are resources that can help.
Use job guide websites to help make your job search easier.
These sites, which include Becomed and Jibberjobber, can help you stay on track during your job search, allowing you to record and track the job applications you sent, saving you the time of digging it up on your own.
Utilize job search engines to set up job alerts.
Most job search engines allow job seekers to choose the jobs in which they are interested and receive email alerts when selected positions are posted. This automatically directs the Job Seeker to the job, preventing them from wasting hours searching the web for the right fit.
Social media is your friend.
Many companies use sites like Facebook and LinkedIn to post their job openings—this gives you the opportunity to learn of the opportunity and apply before anyone else. Seeking help from connections on LinkedIn can often give you a head start. Often it’s about who you know.
Apply only for positions for which you are qualified and that interest you by reviewing the job resources you visited earlier.
That means checking the Career pages of the companies with which you would consider working to search for openings; visiting job boards, and checking classifieds on Craigslist and in local newspapers.
Save job descriptions of the positions for which you apply.
Often, it might be a few weeks before an employer contacts you. In that span of time, you are likely to forget the specifics about the position—but if you have that information on file, it can be retrieved with the click of a finger. Be sure to save any accompanying cover letters and resumes with the job description as well—most employers like you to bring copies to the interview.
They say the job search alone is a full time job, so don’t limit your job search to 30 minutes a day. How much time should you be spending? Career Connections suggests using this determinant: If you are in school, look five days per week, for three hours per day minimum. If you are not in school, look five days per week, for five hours per day minimum. Searching for positions daily is a real time-saver, as you will be viewing a day’s worth of job listings, rather than a week’s worth at a time.
Utilizing these tips will assist you to save valuable time in your job search and better position you as a viable candidate in your race to find a new career opportunity.
Amanda Hopkins is a member of the Casino Careers, LLC Recruitment Team. She specializes in identifying resources to publicize career opportunities enabling qualified candidates to connect with Employers seeking their expertise. Amanda possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and was Editor-in-Chief of The Voice at Bloomsburg University in PA.
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