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Speed Up Your Job Search With These Timesaving Shortcuts

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Are you one of those who just goes online to just apply, apply, apply, and get nothing in response? Perhaps it’s time for you to change your job search tactics by making use of these shortcut savers to make your search more effective.

Be sure you know exactly what you want so people can help you

If you can’t tell people what job you exactly want and where you want to work, the network of people around you may have a hard time helping you. You’re not helping your network or yourself if you tell everyone that you want anything from finance to sales and anything in between, and the company can be anything from multinational, non-profit, or even a government agency. Now, picture your former college guidance and job counselor trying to picture out what he or she can recommend to you if job vacancies suddenly show up.

Often, what people may say is, “I have a friend/sister/cousin you may want to try out.” Try out? You’re not applying as walk-in for a basketball team, are you? If you’re more specific like this: “I’m looking for a senior finance position for a company that handles credit, wholesales, or distribution,” then you’re giving your friends and family something specific to target on for you. Also, when your network refers you, they won’t be afraid to put credibility on the line, both yours and theirs.

Be sure to know what you want to do, and not what you did before

When you communicate to people what you want to do for the present, then it’s what you want to happen in the near future as well, and not what you used to do in your old job. Aside from communicating this to your network, make this known as well in your online profiles, updated resume, and other job search documents. In short, you don’t need to describe yourself based on your old job and what you used to do, especially if you didn’t like what you did with the former company.

When you ask for help, give your help as well

It’s no question that when you put your network to work, it is one of the most effective ways of finding a job. This is if your network is an effective lineup of close friends, family, relatives, former colleagues, former bosses, former clients, former classmates, and even neighbors and alumni in your high school and college. However, these people might also, at any one time, ask for your help. If something does come up, make sure to inform the person concerned.

Pay close attention to what you’re doing

If you’re consistent with these mistakes, it’s no wonder that you’re still jobless:

  • You’re not reading the job posting instructions. It may be asking questions that you never answered; there is indication that resumes shouldn’t be attached to e-mails, but you still did it anyway.
  • Your cover letter and resume are filled with grammatical and spelling errors.
  • You come to interviews completely unprepared. You didn’t research on the company and you didn’t even open the company website.
  • The only questions you ask the interviewer is, how much is the pay and what other benefits do you get?


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