Getting a new job is not as simple as you think. There is no easier way to do that, but with the help of some tips and tricks; you can smoothen the process. There might just be a lot of reasons for a person to kick start the career with a new job. Usually, people plan around, but in some emergencies, you might need a job in less than 48 hours.
Yes, we have been there. When you get into the process of searching for a job, you will then remember that it’s been ages since you have updated your resume, forgot your LinkedIn password, or browsed through the online dashboards. Deep down, even when you know that it’s high time to leave your job; you are only postponing it in order to escape the actual search. Considering all these factors, here are a few things that will help you in the process.
When you are hungry to leave a workplace or when you are employed for too long, you will need the need for change. While the job hunt is usually a long process, it is also possible to do a quick switch. All you have to do is keep your expectations simple and approach the search process with hostility.
10 Steps to make the job searching process easier:
1. Update everything on your profile:
You’re in a time crunch, and we know it. But you should not just open the application and click ‘Apply’ for every position without giving your materials a scrub. Before the hunt, make sure that you have updated your resume, your LinkedIn profile, and your portfolio. Include all your skills, experiences, and work history without flooding the CV.
Take some time and consider the job market to see what positions are available for someone with your qualifications. In case if you’re opting for something new/challenging or something that you haven’t done before, you should revamp the whole resume and attach a cover letter for a better bitch.
Take what you have done in your personal/professional life and spin it to fit the profile. For example, if you’re applying for a project management position, you can add up your volunteer work, the events you have organized and the projects you have done at your child’s school. All of them can be used to demonstrate your planning and administrative skills.
2. Figure what you want in a job:
It’s hard to find a job if you don’t know what your definition of a great job is. Before you indulge yourself in the job hunt, make sure to take a step back and think clearly about what you’re looking for.
Write a list of what you ideally want in a job: title, work, money, promotion, company culture, geographical location or pay. Set yourself a template with all the creative factors. The template will give you something to compare when you’re going to the job listings so that you don’t casually apply for everything and make yourself confused.
3. Get to know about companies and their profiles:
Once you’re sure of what you want, you can figure out the companies that you’re applying for. By spending proper time in researching the company’s profile; you will get to know what questions they ask in the interviews and what culture they hold.
You can also discover the salary and see if its range is within your expectations. After going through all these factors, if you think that the company is a good match for you, you can apply for the job. The research will also help you in the later stage as some companies appreciate the extra effort that you invest, which makes them think that you’re suitable for the job. The stronger the match, the better chances of getting the job.
4. Make job search, a job of its own:
If you want to find a job immediately, you would have to put the time in it. If you have already given your resignation and are currently unemployed, your job search should be your job. Put your working hours in it and start searching. If you’re still employed, spend at least 3-4 hours a day for the job search so that you don’t jeopardize the situation.
Start your day at 7 AM after having your breakfast and end it at 7 PM with a 30-minute lunch break. If you can send at least an average of 10 resumes in a day, try sending 20. If you normally try an interview in a week, try giving one a day. Keep up with the pace for a week, and you can see quick results instead of dragging it to six months while you can do everything in six days.
5. Tap the untapped network:
Networking is the best way to land a job. All you have to do is talk with the right person at the right moment, and they will help you to become an employee in a reputed organization in a second. Networking also helps you to understand how the job market is, what’s available out there and what you can try.
By listing out all the information, you can strategically focus your search. In case, if you’re out of work, keep telling people that you’re looking out for a new job. Don’t be ashamed of it. Go to certain events, talk to friends who work in the same industry as you and don’t think twice to reach people out on LinkedIn.
Your network shall include professional associations, friends, family members, former colleagues, your alumni and your classmates from college. If you have come across someone who is working at the company that interests you, ask them for a referral. Employers prioritize good referrals and will process your application sooner.
If at all you’re still employed, don’t reveal the information to anyone as you don’t want to take the risk of losing the job you already have.
6. Do temporary Gigs:
These are not something that you’re looking for, but they can help you. In case if you’re looking for a job for better pay, you can try freelancing. By doing temporary gigs, you can prevent the bills from piling up.
Sometimes, you might come across jobs for which you’re overqualified, but don’t be ashamed of those. It is important to know what you are looking to sacrifice in order to get the job quickly. For example, if you need money right away – sacrifice the quality of work for good cash.
If you are looking for a career change, then take time for it. You can also approach staffing agencies that hire temporary workers in different fields.
Temping is the most feasible way to get quick money and also to get hands-on something that you’re passionate about. It also gets you on the field instead of sulking in the home, worrying about how to get a job without any money.
But it’s best to find a temp job that you’re doing for a longer-term so that your company has the possibility to like your work and promote you. In case if you’re capable of freelancing in the field you’re in, try short gigs where you can meet new people who eventually might land you up in a permanent position.
7. Don’t be desperate about the job:
We all get extremely desperate while finding a new job in 48 hours, but don’t do that. Even if you are, toil it up inside and don’t let your employer know about it. If the organizations know that you are desperate, they might manipulate you into low balling of salary and sometimes even take away your chances of a job.
As we kept hearing it from ages, desperation is a big red flag for the employers. When they know there’s a rush, they will bombard you with questions like why you were not happy with the previous job, if it is hard for you to work or if you have never satisfied the previous employers.
Desperation is never attractive, which is why you need to be confident, calm and composed about your resume.
8. Don’t compromise on things:
It is okay to compromise on the temporary jobs or short-term gigs, but don’t give in to the adjustments for a full-time position. Not being able to land the job might keep you frustrated for a few years but do not get antsy.
Do not jump onto the ship that’s taking you to a destination which is not meant for you, while you have ships coming for you one after another. So many workers have taken transitions or major jumps and later experience the remorse when the position isn’t what they have expected. It happens due to your diligence, and you’ll find yourself being in the market repetitively.
If the position is not a good fit, you might even end up leaving the job after a few months. If you have landed up at the wrong job, you should prepare questions and answer them about why the position is not working out.
In the worst scenarios, you can lead to a vicious cycle of leaving jobs – which are not good for you and your career. So before accepting a full-time position, get a feel of the organizational culture and make sure if it’s the smartest decision you can take.
9. Be Kind and love yourself:
During the process of job search, we tend to be harsh on ourselves. We feel inferior whenever a particular organization has turned us down. It is important to take good care of one during this time. Finding a job is extremely stressful, especially when you’re in a rush.
Don’t skip on your healthy routine of exercising, meditating, listening to music or whatever that helps you unwind. Eat good food and keep your support network close.
Keep visiting your trusted people so that you can effectively create headspace for a new job without taking a lot of stress.
10. Take a day or two day break:
We are not talking about entirely ditching your job and taking months break. If you're trying to find a job for longer durations, the point is you're entirely burnt out, and you need to stop. It's okay to even take time off from your job search and start new.
Allow yourself to settle for a day or two and spend that time doing things that energize you or keeps you happy. Keep reflecting on what's going with the search, and you'll soon be able to get back on the job search with a renewed purpose and energy.
5 tips on to how to get a job in 48 hours:
1. Book a dinner with people whose advice you trust:
The first step of finding a job is saying it loud, as mentioned above. Make plans for the weekend along with few people that you trust and people who are good at advice. Share with them that you’re moving on from the old job and vent out all the concerns you have about it.
Ask them what they think of you, use their answers and edit the resume as well as a LinkedIn summary based on your expectations. A great thing about meetings is that confidants and close friends often notice opportunities that you don’t.
Get their perspective about what they think will be a strong move for you. Of course, your intuition works, but if you have a clear idea about what you want, share the plans and get valid support from them.
2. Start pitching without any delay:
All of us have a terrible habit of going out with friends to vent what we don’t like about our jobs. It’s a quite natural thing to do. Vent sessions are important in life, but they shouldn’t be everything for you.
Each vent session is a missed opportunity for you if you’re trying a new job. So, whenever people ask you about your whereabouts in the form of “How is work going?” or “If you’re working at Company X?”, don’t launch 15 complaints altogether. Start considering the future by creating a pitch that you can use anytime.
Don’t tell them all of your sob stories, but instead follow a format. Reply with something that lists out where you are working at, how it's going with you, if you’re ready to make the next move, and what kind of work you’re looking at.
Make sure that you include a statement that says, “If you happen o know something that interests me, please connect me with it”. By this, you never know what can land up at your door. So, resist your complaints and start making oral pitches.
3. Draft a professional Resume:
Before starting a job search, it goes without saying that you have to update all your materials. A lot of people find it a big barrier because it is extremely time-consuming. To avoid postponing it, do a speed session. Set a time of an hour and follow the below procedure.
A thing that you should know about the resume is that the recruiters hardly spend five seconds to give them the first pass. So spending a lot of time on wordings is not time well spent. Make a list of tasks that you're doing in the current job without worrying about the vocabulary.
Out of all the tasks, rate them accordingly and select 4-6 tasks that you think are resume-worthy. The ones that are selected shall display a combination of your impressive responsibilities and projects that are relevant to the current job.
If not sure, look up a few postings that you find exciting and create a resume that is parallel to these requirements. Now, turn the tasks into bullets by giving them proper time. Strong resume bullets clarify your ability.
Try adding metrics and examples by showing how these tasks create value to them. Once you're done with the listing down, proofread the resume to make sure that it's error-free. Read each line and make necessary adjustments in sentence formation, grammar, wordiness and typos. You might want to run the document through software for backup. At last, format the resume for creating an appealing look. The font shall be big and clear. The document shall be easily read. Make sure that there's nothing that's misaligned or inconsistent.
After all that, PDF it and if time permits, then go for the design version of it. Design version is not a mandate unless you're applying for something that involves graphic designing as a skill. Through this procedure, you can update your resume in an hour.
Now, try creating a cover letter and email it to trusted advisors that are listed above for a second opinion. If you're happy with the final result, upload it on the job listing platforms and LinkedIn in shorter descriptions.
4. Send personalized Emails:
Now that you have updated your resume, it’s time to write an email. It is important to write to people in the network, so do it carefully. Your email shall consist of what you’re doing, what you will be willing to do and your up-to-date resume.
At the end of the mail, make sure that you’re asking them to connect you with anyone that might help you. Sending personalized emails is much recommended. You can just copy paste and then spend a minute to adjust the small details to prevent it from looking like a mass email.
If you don’t, then people would think that you are putting zero thought in it and would not think twice to help you.
5. Implement search skills for finding a job:
The great thing about technology is that you will be voided of doing manual work while searching for the roles. You can download tools like LinkedIn job search app or use websites like Indeed to see relevant job postings. When you finally see a job that fits you, you can apply.
The process of applying for 20 jobs in one weekend is not wise, but if you’re in need, you need to set a weekly goal with realistic measures. Make sure that all of your materials are organized as you apply for the job.
Some might ask you for cover letters, and some might ask you questions before application to know your seriousness. Whatever the scenario is, just set yourself a stress-free successful job search, and you’ll land up at a desirable job before you even know.
During this process of job search, you might even apply for jobs that you aren’t qualified for. You usually do it thinking that you might luckily pass through the potential filter on the tracking system that’s manufactured to weed out all the candidates.
Employers will never fire someone who doesn’t match their skills, their qualifications or their job experience. The responsibilities are highly based on these three, and therefore, it is a waste of time.
So, if you can’t find a job that’s matching your skill set, go back to school and find courses that help you gain the ones that you need.
Narrowing it down, some people tend to move states to find a job that they’re really interested in. So, if you’re looking for a remote job, don’t do that. Do research on what industries and what jobs are available for the remote workers, to speed up your search.
With the advancement of the digital world, most of the hiring managers are looking at the online presence of people before reaching out to them for an interview. Make sure that your social media profiles are decent. Remove all the mishmash of political views and family photos, as they create chaos. One of the most important elements of the job search is to ensure that the online presence is updated and professional. Take adequate time to clean the profiles and post content that’s relevant to the job.
Create new posts that keep you in the professional light for the employers to see, and for all the right reasons.