In this ever-evolving economic landscape, you may be asking “how the heck do I get hired right now?!?”
If you’re between jobs, ready to change your career path, or simply needing to add another part-time option into the mix, it can feel a bit overwhelming and frustrating at times. But, not to worry! Here is a 7-step plan for how to get hired quickly!
Let’s get started!
1) Understand Your Long-term Goals
We’ve all been there. You kind of, sort of, REALLY need the income right now! It’s not that you want to take just any job, but you know time is not on your side and the bills are looming.
Potential employers can often sense this level of desperation from miles away, so it’s time to…
- take a deep breath, and
- sit down to make a plan
Of course you need to keep your lights on and put food on the table, but you also need to be able to do it for more than just a few weeks or months.
…focus your efforts on trying to secure an entry-level essential job (box stores, grocery or fast food chains, delivery services, etc.), or even consider short term gigs like:
- driving for Uber,
- pet sitting,
- or something where you can practically start tomorrow.
Care.com is a great place to start looking for these types of gigs. Once you have a bit more peace of mind and some income flowing, you will be able to focus on building for the long term.
Planning for the long-term
When you are in a place to stay focused on the end game, it gets easier to channel your efforts into getting hired quickly.
You need to ask yourself some basic questions before you focus on how to get hired:
- What do I want my life to look like in five years?
- How do I want to spend my work days?
- What kind of work routine keeps my stress levels in check?
- What are my long-term financial and lifestyle goals?
These questions may not seem terribly important in the moment, but to avoid a cycle of frustration, they are important building blocks for the next step in your career path. If you hate your job, or it doesn’t pay enough to meet your financial needs, you’re going to burn out pretty quickly.
Setting yourself up with the future in mind will actually help you get hired quickly because you’ll be clear on your goals and your vision. No more wasted time or energy beating down the wrong doors.
2) Market Yourself Like a Pro
This next step seems to be where many can get stuck. It’s tough to recognize all the skills, talents and unique qualities you bring to the table.
First things first – are you on LinkedIn? If not, please stop right now and go make your profile before you do anything else. The platform is basically the personal version of “does your business have a website?”
Once you are set up, it’s time to reach out to former supervisors, co-workers and colleagues in your network that you feel comfortable with and ask them for a brief recommendation. Most of us won’t buy anything off of Amazon without reading a solid review. Why not stand out as a 5-Star candidate with some rave recommendations on your LinkedIn profile?
But don’t stop here!
No matter what industry you are in, there is always a way to highlight some of the work you’ve done. Creating a very simple and free website (WordPress, Wix, Squarespace), or basic Facebook page is the easiest way to upload and share…
- images, and/or
- a personalized introduction video to showcase your experience.
Stand out among other applicants by showcasing what makes you uniquely YOU!
3) Spread the Word that You’re on the Hunt
Now that you have a way to showcase your experience, it’s time to let the world know you are on the hunt!
While you COULD do what this guy did (lol…a billboard resume!), it probably doesn’t have to be that grandiose. But, it doesn’t hurt to let everyone around you know you are actively seeking a new role.
You can also:
- Join your local Young Professionals Networking group with your local Chamber of Commerce.
- Reach out to former colleagues who know your work ethic and ask them to pass along any leads they may see.
- Post on your Facebook profile the sort of job you are looking for and incentivize friends and family to share it. The one who helps you land the job gets a gift card to their favorite restaurant, etc.
The more people you have working with you, the more likely you’ll hear about an opportunity that may never have crossed your path otherwise.
Next up, it’s time for you to get down to some serious job application business.
4) Up your Job Search Game
Seeking out and applying for jobs IS pretty much a full-time job.
You will need to put in several hours every day to increase your chances of landing a role you want.
- search for jobs by industry, employment status, or desired salary
- research top-notch companies that have desirable opportunities available
- develop a specific cover letter for each role you apply to
It can be tough to stand out among hundreds of other applicants in the online space, but in today’s digital world, you at least have to put your feet in the pool.
Most job boards will allow you to create an online profile and let recruiters find you. Indeed even provides short assessment and skills tests that you can take to beef up your resume and let potential employers get a quick overview of your strengths.
Finally, focusing on tailored keyword searches will narrow down the plethora of jobs available and help you get hired quickly.
Here are some tips on how to maximize your search efforts.
5) Dress for Interview Success
While it’s been suggested to dress for the job you want, I would argue that you should always be presenting yourself in a way that is approachable and professional.
The way you dress and approach your basic hygiene WILL have an impact on how you perceive yourself. The more pulled-together you feel, your confidence level is likely to follow. The more confident you feel in your own skin, the more likely you are to put others at ease, while also commanding a certain level of respect.
You don’t even have to max out your budget to get some nice threads!
Thrift stores provide great finds if you have a little patience to sift through the options. Don’t write off your local box stores or Amazon either. For less than $100, you can put together a pretty solid interview outfit. Probably even two if you are super frugal!
6) Do Your Research
So now that you’ve…
- written out a life plan,
- created a rock solid portfolio,
- networked like you were on a presidential campaign trail,
- applied for every (eligible) job under the sun,
- and dressed yourself to impress…
…it’s time to start accepting official job interviews!
This can actually feel like one of the toughest steps in the “how to get hired” process! I think it’s this way because it honestly feels like it’s out of your hands.
But, I’m here to tell you that it’s not completely out of your control!
This is where you can show up and really make an impression.
Research the company more in depth if you haven’t already, and reach out with a follow up email or phone call. Tell them you are checking in on the status of your application, and then share a very specific tidbit on why you are eager to work with the organization. Tell them why you believe that YOU are the perfect fit for the job!
I can literally think of at least 5 jobs I was able to secure this way. When I felt that I really wanted the job, I would follow up (sometimes 2 or 3x until someone responded), express my serious interest and reiterate why I would be a great fit for the role.
Obviously, don’t stalk anyone! But if you are waiting about a week in between reaching out, this helps keep you top of mind for hiring managers who are working through a slew of other applications.
7) Secure the Job!
You’ve made it to the interview phase! Congrats! That alone can feel like a huge accomplishment. But now’s not the time to relax.
At this point, you should have a pretty good understanding of the company and the role you’re applying for. You should be able to ask some insightful questions about how the organization flows and what their ideal candidate looks like.
If you don’t already have a good grasp on basic interview skills, be sure to brush up before you jump in!
Most importantly, just be honest and be YOURSELF! If you’ve made it to this point, you already know you’re qualified. Now everyone just has to see if this is a mutually good personality fit.
You may find during the course of the conversation that the job isn’t quite what you thought. Or, that maybe you don’t love the office vibe. Better to learn that now than a few weeks in!
Finally, don’t get discouraged if you don’t get an offer with the first few companies. Consider those interviews a warm-up for the one that will land you an offer with your desired role in a rock star organization!
If you follow this plan, you should have no problem getting hired quickly and landing your next dream job! Good luck!
If you are currently seeking a job, which step are you on? What helpful insights would you add?
AUTHOR Kerah Kemmerer
Hello! I'm Kerah. I'm a writer and personal finance enthusiast with a background in marketing. I'm also a wedding and portrait photographer, part-time RVer and a lover of simple and minimal living. Always up to some project or adventure over @krisandkerah on Instagram.