In general, it takes about three weeks from the day of your interview to the day you get that magical phone call saying you got the job. But three weeks can feel like an eternity if you’re the one doing the waiting.
The length of the hiring process can often be a big deterrent for people looking for a change in their career. If you want to look for a new job but you’re worried about how long the transition will take, we know how you feel. We’ve put together some ideas of little things you can do to nudge the process along a little faster.
Without further ado, here are 12 tips to help you speed up the hiring process at your dream job from the experts at TRIAD Engineering Corp.
1. Focus Your Attention
The most important part of achieving any goal is to stay focused on it. Be specific about the kind of job you’d like to have. Don’t be afraid of being picky. Find a career opportunity that fits with your worldview and lifestyle. You may find it helpful to spend a day or two brainstorming the pros and cons of your ideal future career opportunities. Once you are locked in on a potential career, remain laser focused on reaching that goal.
2. Prioritize Your Actions
The most important thing in your life is your time. Organize your time like your morning routine. Don’t waste it on applying for jobs that don’t really interest you. Use specific keywords and phrasing on employment websites to help you stand out and to open doors to jobs that are great fit for you both personally and professionally.
3. Cover Letter
Of course, you need a cover-letter but mundane, cookie-cutter, content is the fastest way to have your resume dropped into the trash can. Your prospective employers may only have a couple seconds to look at your resume, so make sure it stands out. A good attention-grabbing idea is to add a cover letter with a short summary of why you’re the best person for this specific job and add a personal touch. It has to show what makes you unique and original.
4. Specify Your Talents
Tweak your resume a little for each different job you apply to. Add specific skills and experiences that are relevant to each particular position. One-size-fits-all does not work when it comes to applying for a job. Each available position is looking for a unique skill set.
5. Social Media
Keep your social media accounts, Blog posts, web sites and web presence in proper order. Update your LinkedIn profile to represent the skills needed for the jobs that you are applying for. Keep your information up-to-date. Remove any posts or photos from Twitter and Facebook that could be considered offensive. This may include political discussions, posts about controversial issues or anything that could throw a warning flag to potential employers. If you need to, hide social media content from public view. You can be guaranteed that potential employers will Google search your name before hiring you.
6. The Right Amount of Simple
Don’t confuse your prospective employers with too much information. The work history you list on your resume should be short and powerful. Summarizing your last three jobs should be enough to present a clear and pithy picture of your job experience.
7. Dress For Success
A good rule of thumb is to dress for a position a few levels above the one that you’re applying for. Your clothing says a lot about the kind of person you are and first impressions are very important. A sharp, meticulous outfit is often a sign of a sharp, meticulous mind.
8. Go The Extra Mile
If it’s been awhile since your last job, list a few extra-curricular activities on your resume. This shows you are a reliable self-starter with good internal motivation.
9. You Are the Best You
Many employers have a sixth sense for authenticity. You can tell when someone is acting fake or following a script, and so can they. Honest, thoughtful answers are the best answers. Don’t be afraid to add a personal touch to your resume.
10. Your Network Has Power
Stay open to unexpected networking opportunities. Industry events, dinners, parties and even online forums can be great opportunities to meet and exchange emails with other professionals in your area of expertise.
Your prospective employers may ask you about your previous jobs as a way to gauge your general attitude toward life. If you sound bitter toward your previous employers, they may label you as a negative person. If you were fired from a job in the past, be honest with why you were fired. Don’t simply blame it on your past employer and explain what you learned from the experience.
12. References Are Gold
Other people speaking well of you is usually more powerful than you speaking well of yourself. Ask previous coworkers that you got along with if you can use them as references. Try to compile a solid list of experts in your field who are happy to say nice things about you.