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How to Get a Job Quickly

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You may need to get a job quickly to pay your rent and avoid getting the lights turned off. At the same time, it's often best to quickly take just any job while you look for your ideal position, because it's usually easier to get a job when you have a job. According to recruiters at Barrett Group, it's better to quickly jump on an opportunity so that you won’t come across as desperate when you land an important interview, and you won't have to explain why you're out of work. Steps you need to take to land work quickly include taking whatever you can get, tapping into your resources and fine-tuning your resume and pitch.

Get the Word Out

This is the time to tap into all your networks to find out who might be hiring, or knows someone with a job, or knows someone who knows someone who can get you work. Call everyone you know and put the word out that you are available immediately for any kind of work. This isn’t the time to let your ego get in the way of asking of for help. Use the phone, attend networking functions, put out the word through your social media outlets and ask your friends and family members to pass the message to those they know.

Go After Jobs Aggressively

While you may have had time in the past to send out resumes and wait for a response, you need to aggressively pursue leads when you need a job quickly. Hand-deliver resumes to workplaces you think may be hiring. Follow-up with phone calls after you send resumes by mail. Be the first in line at open houses and job fairs. During interviews, maintain politeness, while firmly letting the recruiter know that you are serious and ready to work.

Take Anything

Once you are employed, you’ll have more confidence as you continue to look for a better job. You’ll be in contact with more potential employers and in touch with the marketplace from a frontline position. Look for companies that need immediate help such as seasonal landscape or construction jobs and jobs that don’t require lengthy interview processes such as those in manufacturing or retail. Offer to start part-time, giving you more flexibility to keep up the job search.

Market Yourself

Answer ads that say they are hiring now, but don’t limit yourself only to the advertised job openings. Many potential opportunities are not advertised as employers don’t have time to post openings or prefer to hire referrals. Call on companies where you’d like to work. Ask to speak to the manager or owner, if it’s a small business. Approach hiring managers with optimism and enthusiasm. Think of yourself as a product and talk about the benefits you will bring to that employer and market those traits as you hit the pavement.


About the Author

Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."

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