Job hunting isn’t easy. So, we’ve put together a list of things you can do to help speed up the process and although some may be little things, it’s usually those that make a difference. Review our list below and give it a try.
10. Build relationships before you need them
Today, most jobs are found through networking, whether it’s online or in-person. Remember you network to grow connections and potentially meet people who could become mentors or your future employer. You never know who can help you find your next job unless you tell your connections that you’re looking for a job.
9. Save time by setting up alerts or notifications
If you’ve searched for a job by keyword, location, job title, company, type of job or a combination of these plus other options, most job boards now give you the option to set-up alerts or notifications to let you know when a new job, that you have have filtered to be relevant for you, is posted.
8. Fiercely manage your personal brand
Brand building isn’t just for executives; it’s for everyone. Just as the brands Tiffany and Coke evoke specific sentiments as you think about them, you want your name to have the same impact when others hear it. Decide what you want people to think about when your name is mentioned, then get about the business of building and managing your personal brand.
7. Write a specific cover letter
You only have a few seconds to impress an employer enough to select you for an interview. Make sure you tailor your cover letter for the job you are applying for. Don’t repeat what is in your resume, rather, include specific information on why you’re a strong match for the employer’s job requirements.
6. Arrive 5-10 minutes early to everything
This is such a simple way to distinguish yourself in the workplace, and it makes a real impact on others. It’s so easy to become that person who is 5 minutes late to everything. Instead of falling into this trap, do the opposite and arrive 5-10 minutes early to everything. You’ll stand out for all the right reasons.
5. Be yourself at the interview
Rehearsed answers, fake smiles, and saying what you think the employer or hiring manager wants to hear instead of what you actually believe, is misleading. Employers want to know who they’re hiring and that’s the person they expect to show up for the first day of work.
4. Don’t hide your awesomeness
Inexperience can be an asset, so use it! Don’t hold back on sharing a completely different idea or questioning if there might be a better way. Leverage your lack of “experience”, as it could be the key to innovation. Remember that you don’t have to know everything to be right for the role, employers also look for that point of difference.
3. Send a ‘Thank you’ note after an interview
Follow-up after a job interview, it shows your appreciation for being considered for the job. It’s also a way to reiterate your interest and share anything you neglected during the interview.
2. Be responsive
Get in the habit of always responding to requests within a few hours. If you don’t have all the information you need, that’s fine, but at least respond to let the sender know you received the email, you’re working on it, and when they should expect a full response. If you are extremely consistent, this one simple habit will raise your stock with most senior leaders.
1. Keep your options open
Don’t stop applying for jobs while you’re waiting to hear back from another employer. Most job seekers are rejected multiple times before landing a job. Learn from your mistakes and keep applying until you get the right offer. Worst case scenario, you’ll be juggling multiple job offers and that’s a good thing!
If you are able to apply some the tips above, you might see a difference, if not straight away, then in the near future! Start searching and applying for jobs with a number of companies across Australia with Ribit.