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August 30, 2010

Learn how to find a job faster

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Learn how to find a job faster

By Online Jobs And Careers, A Community of Job Seekers and Career Professionals

What can you do when you have to find a job fast? It's not easy, but there are steps you can take to expedite your job search.

Spending some time to get your job search in order, keeping it organized, focused, and on the fast track will help you find a job faster than if you don't have a plan in place.

Rather than missing your job search targets, you'll be spending your time job searching in an effective manner if you take it one step at a time - and stay on top of managing the job search process. Here are several tips to help you get started:

Plan and Organize Your Job Search.

Make a list of everything you're going to do to job search. Update your resume. Your resume needs to be professional and polished, or it won't get a second glance from a hiring manager. Make sure your resume has what it takes to make a good impact. If you're unsure, consider having a professional resume writer critique it. They'll give you pointers on how you can sell your skills and experience more effectively. They'll even work with you to create a personal cover letter they you can submit with each job application.

Create / Update Your Professional Profiles

Some of the most important parts of online job searching are your profiles. These are what you use to connect with people in your network and how you get found on LinkedIn and other networking sites by potential employers.

Select Niche Career Sites and Job Boards

Speed up your job search by using job search engines to search for jobs across the Internet. Post your resume to niche career sites, which are job sites focused on a specific industry or career field, and local job sites, that list jobs in a city, region, or state, which match the types of jobs where you want to work.

Use Your Words

When you're searching for jobs online, it is important for you to type in the best criteria (search words) to make your searches the most relevant to retrieve your target jobs.

Try Guerrilla Tactics

Try something different. You can find a job faster by doing three simple things: know the position you want, know where you want to work and consider using unconventional "guerrilla" tactics to get noticed and get hired.

Network Your Way to a New Job

Career networking should be a part of your daily job search routine. It doesn't take long to send an email or a LinkedIn or Facebook message just to say hello and to mention that you're job searching.

Ace the Interview

The rest of this advice will be to no avail if you do all the right job search stuff, then blow the interview. Once you have been selected for a job interview, it's important to prepare properly. That means practicing interview questions and answers, dressing in appropriate interview attire, and, after the interview, sending thank you letters to your interviewers.

Follow Up

Follow up - with everyone. As I mentioned, send a thank you email or note after your job interview. Send a quick message on LinkedIn or Facebook or a Direct Message on Twitter to the people who helped with your job search, gave you a job lead, put you in touch with a connection, or gave you advice. A little thanks goes a long way.

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