Now, if you are looking for a very particular type of job, this post doesn’t necessarily apply to you. Though you may very well find your dream job in a matter of weeks, sometimes it takes a lot longer if you’re holding out for something very specific.
However – if you are looking for a job that matches your skills and experience, you can find one quickly. It takes incredible focus. The problem is, people lose steam. It’s completely understandable. If you’re serious about finding a job fast though, follow these steps.
1. Create a list of 30-60 companies you’d like to work for. Use the internet and word of mouth to find these companies. Include a range, from your dream company to a good company you wouldn’t mind working for.
2. Dig. For names. On the company website, on LinkedIn, or on Google. Find the person who might be managing your department. Then, find his or her contact information. Google the person’s name plus @[insertcompanyname].com to find email addresses. If you can’t find a direct line or email address, find out the phone number where they work.
3. Contact these people. Write a short, to-the-point email that shows a little personality and includes your skills and how they apply to that particular company. Mention something specific about that company that you admire. Yes, you must take the time to customize each email for that person/company. A generic email just isn’t as effective and therefore is a less efficient use of your time.
4. In the meantime, also contact the HR department for that company. Be extremely polite but also assertive. Tell them you’re hoping they can help you. You’re going to be sending over your resume, cover letter, and/or portfolio, and you want to make sure they know it’s coming. While you have them on the phone, briefly go over your skill set and why you think you could really be an asset to the hiring manager. Thank them profusely.
5. A couple of days after you’ve sent your information to HR, call the hiring manager’s office. Ask to speak with him or her. You likely won’t be put through right away. If you can’t reach the hiring manager’s voicemail, leave a message with the assistant. Be persistent. Do not call every day by any means, but follow up as many times as it takes. The (polite) squeaky wheel gets the grease.
6. Get a meeting with the hiring manager. Before you go in, have researched the company very well, so you know why you’re a fit. Be prepared with questions you’d genuinely like answered.
7. Repeat. Do a little something every single day and stay very focused on the goal. It’s the difference between the drive to get a job, and a half-hearted attempt, that will determine how quickly you get a job.
In the meantime, you can submit your resume and information to a staffing agency like TRC that specializes in your particular skill set. These agencies have contacts and can help you get a foot in the door for jobs you might otherwise not have known about. They are working for you, while you look.