Time-Savers For Your Job Search

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We all want to work smarter, not harder when it comes to searching for a new job.

It can be intimidating to apply for new positions, complete long applications, and sit through interview after interview. Let’s make this process smoother with these strategies.

1. Staffing Agencies
If you haven’t worked with a staffing agency before, you are missing out. Staffing agencies review your work experience, and may suggest ways to improve your application materials. The legwork is done for you, and you will be connected with hiring managers saving you time and energy.

2. Stick With Your Top Picks
Put your focus on quality jobs and direct your energy toward those companies. Don’t apply to every job in a panic. While doing so may increase your interview invitations, those interviews could be nothing more than a waste of time.

Narrow your search by your level of interest in the position, place each position in order, and apply to your top five picks. After a few days, apply to the next five picks.

3. Know Your Abilities
Some tasks become second nature when we’ve worked in a position for awhile. We tend to forget things we do often. List the tasks you perform and what hard and soft skills are required to complete them so you have a good understanding of your abilities in mind during interviews.

4. Track Your Progress
A spreadsheet that tracks applications, interview dates, call times, and responses can keep you organized and at the ready.

5. Network
Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date. Even if you can’t attend official networking events or don’t have time to meet with your connections for coffee, you can take advantage of this option in your downtime. A plus of living in the age of online presence is that you can boost your reach through your online profiles. Don’t shy away from social media. You never know who could be looking for someone just like you!

6. Set Alerts
When a job you are interested in is posted, technology allows you to stay in the loop. Most online job boards allow you to set up alerts so you will be notified right away, eliminating the continuous search.

7. Your Master Resume
A master resume at the ready is the best thing for every job seeker. You know it’s easy to disregard your skills. With a master resume, you can pull out accomplishments you want to feature on specific resumes.

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