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Win the Race: Change Your Job Search Strategy to Get Hired Faster

October 15th, 2011

On average, it takes today’s job seeker approximately five months to land a great job. This is due to the influx of candidates on the market due to the sluggish economic pattern currently leaving many people without a decent job. Oftentimes, this can be a seriously depressing and frustrating time for job seekers, especially those who are looking for a job for the first time or following long-term unemployment.

Did you know that you don’t have to be one of the statistics if you learn a new method for finding a job that’s more effective? You don’t have to use the same worn out “wait and hope” approach that other job seekers use, which consists of:

  1. Searching for Job Openings
  2. Applying for Jobs You Want
  3. Waiting and Hoping for Someone to Call…eventually

Believe it or not, there are other options. Here’s what you need to know about changing your job search strategy to get hired by a good company faster!

Step One – Make a List of Your Target Employers

You have a fairly good idea about what industry you want to work in, and the best companies to work with. The beauty here is that in today’s world you are no longer limited by geography or who you know at the best organizations. You can literally do a Google search and locate hundreds of companies in your field that have viable employment options. Start making a list of the companies you want to work for, and use this list as the basis of your job search instead of the paltry job ads that everyone else is looking at.

Step Two – Do Your Research on Each Company

Take the time to thoroughly research each company on your target list to find those that fits your needs as a job seeker. Look for things like the company mission statement and the objectives of each company to gain a better understanding of how well you might fit into the corporate culture. Peruse the company leadership information, client portfolios and sales reports to find out what makes the company tick. This will give you greater insight and help you during the interviewing process.

Step Three – Review Employer Career Portals

A vast majority of job ads never make it past company career portals. In fact, it is widely known that less than 20% of all jobs are ever advertised to the general job seeker population. No wonder the “wait and hope” approach doesn’t work that well! Get the advantage by setting up an individual career account on each company’s job board, and then set up job alerts to ease your time spent searching for an opening.

Step Four – Make Direct Contact and Apply

Now it’s time to make contact. Browse through all entry and mid-level posts first, even if they are older, then go ahead and apply to those that relate to your skills. Remember that very often these are the standard job openings that the company has frequent needs to fill, so the date doesn’t always matter all that much. Keep checking back to the career portal when a job alert sends you an email about a new position.

Step Five – Follow Up with Persistence

Just because you submit your application doesn’t mean you are going to get a lot of attention, unless you stand out from other candidates. Take the time to send a friendly email to the HR department, along with a copy of your resume letting them know you applied for an opening. Detail your skills, credentials and ability to become a valuable member of their team. Follow up at least once per week for the best results, but be polite and stop if you are told not to contact them again. Respect the HR department and you’ll get respect in return.

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