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How to Get Hired Fast: 5 Tips You Need to Know

I have always been able to find jobs quickly even during a recession. I remember the time when I was laid off right after 9/11 in NYC. After 9/11, the NYC job market dried up. But I was able to land a job within 2 weeks. Today, I want to share with you some of the tips that I have learned on finding a job fast.

1. Tell yourself you will get a job

If you really want a job badly enough, you will get it. Some people looking for work are not really serious in pursuing this goal. That is why they take longer to find a job. But if you make up your mind that you will get a job no matter what, you will make it happen.

2. Make job searching as your top priority

You must discipline yourself to not be distracted by the dozens of other things you can do other than looking for a job. Job searching is not a fun thing to do for most people. That is why they procrastinate. If you want to get a job quickly, you have to set this as your highest priority.

3. Set goals

You should tell yourself that you will land a job by a certain date. It is also important to write this down and place it prominently near your computer where you can look at it everyday. This will motivate you into action. For example, if this is the beginning of the month, I will set a goal of getting a job offer by the end of the month. I will also set daily and weekly goals. Each day, I will commit to sending my resume or contacting a certain number of recruiters or companies. Each week, I want to get a certain number of interviews. The truth is that you cannot control when you will land a job. But you do have control over the activities that you do on a daily and weekly basis.

4. It is a numbers game

Job searching is a numbers game. Let me explain. If I send my resume to 10 recruiters each week that have the exact job I am looking for and follow up afterwards I should expect to get 2 or 3 of them to be interested in me. I can also expect to have at least one solid interview offer with the hiring manager. The key to job searching is to be consistent. You need to consistently prospect and follow up. I learned this technique from some of the best salespeople.

5. Be persistent and be flexible

Finding a job can be difficult and frustrating. That is why you need to not give up when you are not getting the results you want. Sometimes it just take a while to land a job. As long as you are hitting your daily and weekly targets, you will land a job. You also need to be flexible. Getting a job quickly might require you to take lesser pay or find a job in a different city. When you expand your job search to different locations your opportunities will multiply. You need to be creative and be open to other possibilities that you have not thought about. This is the real secret of getting a job quickly.

5 Resume Killers

As a hiring manager, I have reviewed hundreds of resumes. It only takes me a few seconds to decide if a resume should be toss in the trash or if I should continue reading it. If you want your resume to not end up in the trash, here are 5 things you need to watch out when writing your resume.

1. Typos and grammatical errors

If there are any big typos and grammatical errors, I will deduce that you are sloppy and probably don’t care about your work or profession. This is my biggest pet peeve when reading resumes. It is amazing to me how many mistakes I see on resumes. My advise would be to carefully review your resume multiple times and let someone else proofread it too.

2. Not tailoring your resume to the job

Another common mistake that I see is the job seeker not taking the time to tailor the resume to the job. As a hiring manager, I am very busy and can only spend a few seconds reading each resume. What I am trying to determine is if this candidate is worth bringing in for an interview. If the resume does not spell out the specific skills/experiences/abilities that I am looking for, I will move on to someone else. So it is very important to modify each resume to the job. This should be done if you have a job description.

3. Not including a summary section

A summary section at the top of your resume quickly tells the employer why they should continue to read your resume. It should list your experiences, skills and qualifications. Every statement made in your summary section should be backed up with proof somewhere in your resume. If you don’t include a summary section, then it will be harder for me to determine if you are qualify for the job. This is your elevator pitch to me so it needs to be compelling and concise.

4. Visually unappealing

If the resume is not visually appealing, this makes me think the candidate will not be good with creating spreadsheets and other documents. The resume should be easy on the eyes and have professional formatting. I have seen resumes that are badly laid out, disorganized or full of formatting mistakes. What this does is makes the resume less appealing and harder for me to read. It also sends a bad vibe that this candidate is less than stellar in his/her writing skills. I am looking for a resume that is attractive and easy to read.

5. Too much information

Your resume should quickly tell me why I should consider you for an interview. Your resume should not describe your entire career from when you were flipping burgers at McDonald’s. I want to know whether you can do the job that you are applying for. You should only mention experiences, skills and accomplishments that are relevant to the job. Be very selective in what you put in your resume. You need to get into the mind of the hiring manager. He/she is trying to find resumes that scream hire me.
Think of your resume as a 30-second commercial. In 30 seconds or less it should describe why you are the perfect candidate for the job.

The Importance of Tailoring Your Resume for Each Job

A big mistake that I see many job seekers make is not tailoring their resume to the job that they are applying for. They try to bombard their resume to multiple jobs even though each job can be quite different. The way you stand our from the crowd is to have a resume that is customized for each job.

In today’s computer age, resumes are usually scanned into a resume tracking system and the keywords from your resume are captured. These keywords from your resume will be matched against the buzzwords and job descriptions of the open position. If there are multiple matches, your resume moves to the top of the pack. When you neglect to include the keywords for your industry and position, your resume will be invisible to these resume databases.

Even if you resume is manually scanned by a person, he/she is trying to make a quick determination whether your resume has the skills and experience that they are looking for. You don’t want this person to work too hard to determine if your resume fits the job description. The more your resume matches the job description, the more likely they will consider you for an interview.

Updating your resume for each job does not mean you have to make major modifications. It just means you need to make some small adjustments so that it is customized for the job. This will usually take about an hour or less to do. If you have a multi-page resume, spend the most time on the first page. You want to grab the attention of the person reviewing your resume as quickly as possible.

As you read the job description, you will realized that there are things you have done in your previous jobs that are pertinent to the one you are currently applying for. So you need to highlight that on your resume. For example, if the job description mentions a software program that you have used before, be sure to include that in your resume. Try to identify the key phrases from the job description and find a way to incorporate those in your resume.

The goal is to tweak your resume so it contains keywords that correspond with the description in the job posting. The more keywords that you have on your resume the more likely it will be flagged by the computer system for further consideration.

Top 3 Common Mistakes That Job Seekers Make

I have seen many people make these common mistakes when looking for a job. Finding a job takes time, energy and dedication. There are no shortcuts. Your ability to find a job quickly will be dramatically improved if you avoid these mistakes.

1. Not networking

If you are looking for a new job, you need to let your family, friends, acquaintances and colleagues know about it. Most jobs are not posted on job boards. I have found many of my best jobs through networking.

You should be constantly networking with other people. Try to keep in touch with your network often by reaching out to them once in a while whether you need a job or not. It is important to keep in touch so that the relationship does not get cold. Always offer to help others in their job search as well. Networking is a two-way street. You should try to give as much as you ask for help. This way the relationship is a mutual one.

2. Poor resume

Having a poorly written resume is a turn-off for many hiring managers. When I see a resume that is not professional and polished, I immediately skip it. I will skip a resume from someone who can’t even take the time to spell-check or check for grammar errors. If they are this sloppy with their resume, I think they will behave the same way towards their job.

3. Not prepared for an interview

I can tell how much a person has prepared for an interview. The minute a candidate opens his/her mouth, I have a good sense to the level of preparation they put into this interview.

If you want to impress a hiring manager, you need to come prepared. You need to look and sound the part of the person who can fill that job vacancy. I want to be sure that you can do the job and you will be a good fit for the team.

I am always shocked by the lack of knowledge a candidate has about my company. All the information they will need about my company can be obtained with a simple Google search. But most fail to even do that.

The bottom line is never go into an interview without researching the company, the job that you are applying for, and a list of questions you want to ask.

4 Powerful Tips to Prepare for an Interview

I have interviewed many job seekers who have no clue about the company, the job they are applying for, or what is on their resume. After a few minutes of talking to these candidates, it is clear to me that they are trying to ‘wing’ it. I will politely end the interview and they will never hear from me again.

In today’s competitive job environment, you cannot leave anything to chance. It is better to be over prepared than under prepared. You will stand out from the crowd and leave a a good impression on the minds of the interviewers.

1. Research the company and job you are applying for

Before you go on the interview, you need to spend at least an hour researching the company. You should also be familiar with the job for which you’re being interviewed. Read the advertisement or job description and be prepared to discuss any aspect of it.

Write down any questions you have about the company or job. During the interview, you can ask the interviewer. Nothing impresses an interviewer more than showing how prepared you are.  

2. Study your resume and know everything on it

You should be prepared to answer any questions that the interviewer have about your resume. Your resume is the only thing that they have to go by in order to determine if you are the right person for the job. I have seen many interviewees stumbled because they could not elaborate about the things they wrote on their resume. Don’t let this happen to you.

3. Practice your answers to the most common interview questions

Find someone to role-play an interview with you. You don’t wan to come off like you have memorized a bunch of answers. The objective is to have a clear idea of what you are going to say so that you will sound intelligent and natural. Be prepared to discuss your past experiences, positions, roles and responsibilities in detail. It is important to get used to talking about your skills and experience.

4. Pay attention to the details

Regardless of what type of job your are interviewing for, you should dress appropriately. It is better to overdress than be under dress. It shows the hiring manager that you are taking this interview seriously. If you come in dressing sloppy and too casual, I wonder how you would look like once you get a job.  

Be sure you have correct directions to the company. It is not a bad idea to do a test drive before the interview day so that you will not get lost. You don’t need any additional stress during your interview.

Do bring copies of your resume to the interview. I have heard horror stories of candidates who forgot to bring their resumes. This might seem like a small oversight but everything counts during an interview.

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