Ready to Find a New Job?
Searching for a new job can be an extremely stressful and tedious process. I think a lot of people take longer to find something because they dread the search and put it off for as long as possible! As crazy as it may sound, I absolutely love searching for jobs; I could do it all day if I had the time. I'm not sure why I enjoy it so much, but whenever someone I know tells me they are looking, I happily volunteer to search for positions for them to apply to. Years of searching and testing new processes has taught me a lot on how to search and apply for jobs while getting the most out of the time you spend doing it.
Searching the Job Boards
When you start looking for a new position, you should have a goal to apply to a minimum of 10 new positions a day. I strongly recommend carving out 30-60 minutes right when you wake up to search and apply for jobs. Many times when a Recruiter posts a new job, there is a delay and the job will post first thing the next morning. There are two reasons why applying for a position earlier than later is critical for success:
- Depending on the position you are applying for, there is a good chance there will be a lot of candidates applying to it as well (especially virtual roles)! Being one of the first to apply gives you a better chance of having your application looked at.
- If you see a position that has been posted for 30+ days, there is a good chance that they already have candidates far in the interview process. If you apply to a position that has been posted for a while, the chances of getting a call back are slim.
Indeed.com is a great job board to search because it pulls jobs posted from multiple job sites. Another great thing about Indeed is that it saves the searches and jobs that you scrolled through so when you visit their page again, you will only see the new jobs posted that you haven't seen:
Every morning when you log onto your computer, click on the previous search to see all the new jobs that you haven't seen before. This will help you save a ton of time searching until you find your next great position.
I highly recommend creating a brief excel spreadsheet to track the jobs that you apply to. Make a note of the company name, position title, and a link to the job posting. If a Recruiter or Hiring Manager calls you to discuss your application, this is an easy way to have quick access to the posting information (and make it sound like you haven't applied to a ton of openings)!
When it comes to what positions to apply to, there are two key elements that you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, only apply to a position that you are actually qualified for. A good rule of thumb is that if you can meet 75% or more of the requirements, go ahead and click apply. Your goal when applying for a new job is not to get as many rejection letters as possible, it's to get as many callbacks as possible! By applying to positions that you clearly do not meet the requirements for (i.e. they are looking for someone who has 5+ years of management experience and you've always been an individual contributor), you are only setting yourself up for disappointment when you start receiving rejection e-mail after rejection e-mail. Don't waste your time applying for positions that you know you can't do, focus on the ones you know you can excel at to increase your chances of snagging an interview.
Another thing to keep in mind when searching for a new position is that not every company has uses the same title when posting. It is important to search for multiple titles to make sure you are not limiting yourself. For example, one company may be looking for a receptionist, when another may be looking for an administrative assistant. The duties for the position are probably quite similar, but they may have used different verbiage when writing their job posting. Think about all of the potential titles a job you are searching for could have and make sure to include them when looking.
Finally, don't give up applying until you have find the right position! Just because you get a callback for a first round interview doesn't mean you are going to get an offer. Make sure you keep at it until you have one or two roles you are in the final stages with...you don't want to have to start from the beginning if something falls through.