It can take a while to find a new job. If you’re feeling a sense of urgency to get hired in the right position as soon as possible, you may be wondering if there’s anything you can do to expedite the process.

Here are 10 tips to get you started:

  1. Apply only for jobs that really interest you.

Don’t waste time applying for positions that don’t appeal to your passions, interests or goals. Take time to research opportunities and find that “aha moment” that tells you a role would be right for you.

  1. Don’t settle for a culture misfit.

A job posting may sound like a perfect fit for your qualifications, but the right company culture is just as important. A great way to learn more is to talk with current or former employees, and read reviews.

  1. Tailor your resume to each position you apply for.

Each resume you submit should be tailored to the position for which you’re applying. Include keywords from the job description and connect them to your skills and experience.

  1. Write cover letters – and tailor those, too.

The same rule applies to your cover letters as it does your resume. For starters: Yes, you do need cover letters. Find the name of a specific person to send them to, and customize them as well.

  1. Be timely in following up with hiring managers.

Make a strong, positive impression by sending a thank you note within a day or two of your interview. Express your gratitude and reiterate the key points about why you’re the best fit for the job.

  1. Leverage your network.

Connect with colleagues, classmates and others in your preferred industry for possible job openings. Network on and off line to let your connections know that you’re actively searching for the right opportunity.

  1. Create a list of references.

Before applying for a job, have a list of professional references ready. Reach out to everyone on that list to let them know they may be contacted.

  1. Turn your weaknesses into strengths.

Everyone has weaknesses as well as strengths, so when a potential employer asks – and they often do – be prepared to acknowledge both. Whatever your particular shortfalls may be, show that you know how to work through them and still accomplish great work.

  1. Portray confidence.

As nervous as you may be, convey confidence as you meet with hiring managers and employers. Dress appropriately, maintain eye contact, and know how to use body language, aka non-verbal communication, to your advantage, along with what you say.

  1. Find a way to stand out from the crowd.

Find something about your achievements or accomplishments that hiring managers aren’t likely to hear from other candidates. Weave this information into your resume, cover letters and interviews.

PrideStaff Fresno’s career counselors can help you find the right job, without prolonging the process. Our career network is constantly in motion with full-time, temporary, and temp-to-hire opportunities. Contact us today to learn more.

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