How long does it take to find a job? What exactly does it take? Does the secret lie hidden in the use of technology, or innovative interview techniques or in finding a paid service that blasts your resume to thousands of recruiters? The answer is none of these. The key to finding and keeping a job you love lies within you. Here are 7 easy ways to get a job quickly.
1. Analyze why you do not have a job yet
For most job hunters the answer would be: I simply do not know where to start! You might make a few attempts but the interviews just aren’t coming your way. So you end up feeling frustrated and you do nothing. Most people fail due to these three mistakes:
- Inadequate planning,
- Not having a strong network and
- Not having a clear picture of what they want.
2. Know what you want
This is not just some New Age Paulo Coehlo Philosophy-though, that does work too. When you know what you want, the entire Universe does conspire to give it to you. So you must follow the ‘Secret’ and Ask, Believe and Receive what you want. Additionally, you need to also act on the following:
- Know yourself better
- Gather more information about the industry you want to work in and develop skills accordingly
- Talk to people in the industry to determine where your fit
3. Get a career assessment
A career assessment can help you know yourself and your skill-set better. Such an assessment consists of carefully drafted questions that span a wide range of topics. The appraisal can help you know yourself a bit better and things you are good at.
Simply sending out resumes is not the best way to get a job. Finding one is all about networking and getting in touch with the right people. Develop relationships with people who can lead you to the right opportunities. You can do the following to network:
- Attend events
- Write letters or emails
- Work as a volunteer
- Talk to your school/college alumni
- Write content/articles/blogs related to your field
- Go to job clubs
- Attend sports or cultural events
- Speak publically at events in your community
5. Use a plan to conduct a job search
Apart from marketing yourself through networking, here are some tips to help your search approach:
- Network and build referrals
- Contact hiring employers directly
- Register yourself on recruiter agencies/websites
- Search Help wanted ads
- Go through job listings
6. Focus your energy in the right area
Every person is unique and so is his/her job seeking journey. Analyze where you may be getting stuck. In general, there are five components of a job search which include:
- Knowing yourself and your needs and desires
- Seeking contacts
- Making applications
- Getting interview calls
- Converting the interviews
Naturally, if you have been getting many calls for interviews, but are not able to convert; then you must focus all your energy in improving your interview skills.
7. Know the formula for success
Like any recipe needs the right ingredients to turn out right; a job search also needs the right ingredients. In this case, the ingredients are: right tools, right information and right skills. These, in turn, consist of updating your resume, learning better networking skills, composing a phone script and so on. You can even make daily/weekly action plans like: attending events, role-playing during an interview with a buddy or visiting a job fair once a week etc.
Finding a job you love is no easy task in this era of recession. Start by determining what you want. Concentrate on building a better network, update your resume, put down your goals in writing and read/view them every day. We hope these best ways and tips land you the job of your dreams!