Are you thinking about starting a job search? Looking for jobs can sometimes be tedious and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways you can speed up your job search and save time searching and applying for jobs. It’s easier than ever to find good job listings fast.
6 Ways to Speed Up Your Job Search
Who doesn’t want to save time? There are a lot better things you be could be doing than looking for a new job. Here are six ways you can speed up your job search, with just a few simple steps.
Start with a job search engine. Almost everyone starts their job search using a job search engine, and if you’re not starting with one of the top job search engines like Indeed.com or SimplyHired.com it will cost you time. Indeed.com reports that 72% of users start out with a job search engine, and 50% of US users start with Indeed.
You don’t need to use a ton of different job boards. Job search engines generate lists of jobs from multiple sources, so if you spend your time “one stop job shopping” you’ll get plenty of job listings. If you’re not finding what you’re looking for, you can always expand your search later on.
Make a match. Just like with online dating, the closer a match you make, the more chances you’ll have of getting a date. When your qualifications and skills are a strong match for the jobs you’re reviewing, it will be easier to write your resume and cover letter and you’ll up your chances of getting selected for an interview.
You’ll also up your chances of getting hired. 34% of new hires come from job search engines (Silkroad, 2014) so take the time to make sure the jobs you’re applying for are a good fit.
Start with a simple query:
- What (Job Title)
- Where (Location where you want to work)
If you do not see jobs that are a strong match, use the Advanced Search Options to refine your search query.
Dig deeper. If you’re not finding job listings that are a good match, dig deeper. Indeed.com reports that the average job seeker views 33 jobs – and they don’t click on 98% of the listings they see. That’s probably not enough. If you’re not finding the jobs you want, change up your search parameters. You’ll get a different list of jobs. Don’t hesitate to click through to the second, third, fourth, etc. pages of the search results. Skim them to see what you can find. Just because it’s not on the first pages of the results doesn’t mean it’s not a good job.
Check the details. Before you spend time applying, be sure that this is a job you want. Carefully review the job description and the company information. Is it a place where you’d like to work? For example, maybe a lot of company events and free beer sounds perfect. Or, maybe it doesn’t. Take a few minutes to read reviews on sites like Glassdoor.com to see what employees think about the company.
Use your devices. Your smartphones and tablets can save you a bunch of time because you don’t have to wait until you’re on your computer to search for jobs. Riding the subway or sitting in an airport? Take a few minutes to search for jobs.
The best job sites have made it easy with apps and mobile-friendly job sites. You can search for and even apply for jobs quickly and easily using your phone. If you’re not prepared to apply, email the listing to yourself so you can apply at your convenience.
Adding Up the Benefits
Saving a few minutes here and there can add up to a lot of time saved. Even more important, if you streamline your job search, so it’s focused on the jobs that are the best fit for your experience and interests you’ll have a much better chance of getting hired quickly.