The job hunt is an inherently stressful (and often tedious) process. And, sometimes, it may feel like that process is taking an especially long time! Why? Here are a few factors that may slow down the job seeking process, and how you can counteract them.
A Large Pool of Candidates
The most attractive jobs are going to, well, attract. This means that you may have a lot of “competition” vying for a position! One way you can avoid the large crowds is by digging a little deeper in your job search, using less conventional platforms or avenues for finding positions that interest you, or utilize your skills. Networking is a huge part of this—whether you use connections from your educational pursuits, online professional platforms like LinkedIn, professional connections through current or previous employers or friends and acquaintances, you are more likely to find a niche job through people rather than job postings. Networking can set you up with positions without fighting against a crowd of applicants.
Stringent Hiring Practices
The companies you are applying to may be causing some slowness, too. Of course, these businesses want to be cautious with their hires, but this sometimes can mean they use thorough processes to ensure the reliability of their applicants. Many types of jobs require background checks as a condition of employment. Applications may also require letters of recommendation, skill tests, multiple rounds of interviews, or even a trial period before actually committing to a hire. If you are intent on a job that requires any or all of these things, be patient and prepared! The more determination you show, the faster the process will be. At the beginning of the application process, don’t be afraid to ask for the timeline and the expectations involved, so that you can know exactly how to prepare.
Staying Under the Radar
Finally, you may find that your efforts aren’t reaping the progress and success you want simply because you haven’t marketed yourself as effectively as you could! Make yourself stand out of the crowd with a resume that shines, and showing interview skills that impress. Avoid using templates or generic descriptions of yourself in CVs, opting for modern but professional formats for your resume. Practice answering interview questions, or telling narratives of your education and work experiences that are relevant to the skills necessary for the job you’re applying for.
With these qualities and skills, your job hunt will be much more effective, saving you time, energy, and frustration! Use the right tools and get to work!
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