Are you looking for a job right now? How long did you put together your job application documents? Do you go through your resumé every day to see if there is anything more that you can add to it? How many hours per day do you browse through job listings? How many days per week do you get dressed to attend job fairs or go for an interview?
Going through the job search process involves a substantial amount of work. At times, it can be quite discouraging as well since there are several variables that you have no control over.
What you can do to increase your chances of successfully landing a great job is to identify the best ways to make your efforts more effective.
To help you achieve this goal, provided below are five strategies that have been proven to work.
1. Apply early.
The adage the early bird catcheth the worm is true. A study shows that applying for a job before the ripe hour of 10 a.m. can increases your chances of getting an interview. It is important to be mindful of those crucial hours (from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) which is when energy and productivity are high.
Additionally, make sure to send in your application within the first 96 hours after a job opening has been posted. Those who apply during this ideal time period are eight times more likely to get an interview.
It is worth noting as well that this strategy is ideal when you are shifting from one job to another. You want to start looking for new jobs and sending your applications as early as possible. This practice will give you more opportunities to carefully look over and consider the job postings you are interested in. By doing so, you can avoid hurriedly scanning over the posts and deciding to send applications randomly just to find a replacement job as quickly as possible.
2. Grab all the new job opportunities that you believe you are suitable for.
Sending applications for several jobs may feel time-consuming, but you have to remember that finding a job truly is a numbers game. The more applications you make, the higher the possibility of finding a job that you are deemed qualified for.
So always have your resumé and cover letters ready, and make sure to customize them well by putting in words from the job posting.
3. Sign up with a recruitment agency.
This is one of the best things that you can do to make the job search process so much easier and more effective.
First of all, with this action, you will gain access to recruitment consultants who can make you aware of the job positions that you are eligible for. The advantage here is that you may discover that there are more jobs that you are a suitable candidate for than you initially thought.
Secondly, a recruitment agency will keep you in the know. Every time there is a job opening from a client company whose qualifications match yours, you will be informed right away about it.
4. Continue learning.
Sign up for a professional development workshop or skills development training while you are searching for a job. Participating in learning programs will expand your qualifications and further hone your skills and talents. Of course, these can add more value to your resumé.
Consider taking on volunteer work as well. This will provide you with the opportunity to make new connections, put your skills and training into practice, and learn from industry old-timers.
It is likewise important to mention that pursuing continuous learning is a good reflection of your character. It shows that you are committed to improving yourself and can contribute to the growth of any organization you are a part of.
5. Always ask around about job openings.
When you are done browsing through job listings, ask people you know about job hirings they may know of. Statistics show that 70 to 90 percent of jobs are not advertised, which is why networking is so important.
Inform your friends, old schoolmates, friends of your parents, relatives, and even your former university professors that you are searching for a job. People are usually more than happy to help if they know that you are looking for employment.
These strategies can help make the job search process easier as well as ensure that your efforts yield more positive results.
David Mackenzie, a recruitment professional with over 20 years’ experience in the field and a record of entrepreneurial accomplishment, is Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones. As the Group MD, David is responsible for the overall direction of the Mackenzie Jones Group, including Mackenzie Jones, MumsAtWork, MENA Solutions, Simply Digital and ThinkTech.