The first in our list of career time saving tips is simple. Have a voicemail (that is setup!) and sign up for a professional sounding email address. Consider using a separate email address for your job search activities to stay organized.
Always have an up to date resume - even when you are not actively looking. Opportunity is around every corner, don’t get caught unprepared. If you are not networking professionally on social media (LinkedIn, Twitter etc.) - START. Social media is a great way to meet new people and potential future colleagues.
Third on our list of career time saving tips is often overlooked. Do no procrastinate. If you are laid-off, file for unemployment benefits right away. Every state is different, but you should be able to apply online or by phone. Delaying your application could delay your benefits check.
Utilize services that offer career counseling and job search assistance. Often times these can be found at college career offices, state Department of Labor offices or your local public library. Many libraries offer programs, computers, printers and other resources to help you during your job search.
Have copies of your resume and cover letter ready to edit. That way you can change the content to match the requirements of the job you are applying for, but the contact information and other static details can remain the same. Read our article on whether of not you need a one page resume.
It’s always a good idea to look at sample letters and resumes to model your job search materials.
Job searches that utilize artificial intelligence (find.jobs) give job seekers better search results. Reducing the time that you spend searching and increase the time you spend actually applying.
Let the positions come to you. Use job alerts to identify positions you are interested in and receive the listings by email.
Your career is one of the most important decisions you make in your life. Consider getting professional help writing and editing your resume. Many freelancers offer these services at affordable rates.
Have a list of three references including name, job title, company, phone number, and email address ready to give interviewers. Print a copy of your reference list and bring it with you to all interviews.
Be aware of the fact that many, if not most, job openings aren’t advertised. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work and ask for help. You may be surprised as to who can help.
Don’t limit your searches to the big job boards. Sites that offer niche searches or technological advantages can increase your ability to find the right position. Tap into networks that may be offline - attend industry specific events, meet people in the position you seek and build relationships.