Believe it or not, it’s possible to increase your chances of getting a job, without the need to get more experience, training or skills. All it takes is getting started a little earlier.
Being proactive in your job hunt makes it much more likely that you’ll see results soon. But what does starting early mean? All kinds of things: here are a few.
When you’re unemployed, it’s easy to let yourself fall into a slump where you stay up late and get up around lunchtime. This life of leisure has its costs however, as sleeping through the mornings often means you somehow never really get started with your day. What’s more, you miss out on business hours making it harder to get in touch with recruiters and managers.
On top of that, when you do get a job, you’ll find it harder to adapt back to a nine to five schedule if you’re more used to a 12 – 8 job hunting regime. Give your job hunt a boost by getting up before 9 each morning, and going to bed no more than eight hours before.
It takes time to build up a network to the point where they can help you find work. So it’s best to get started on this as soon as you can, preferably before you actually need them.
If you know you will be leaving your current work in a month, don’t wait until then before getting in touch with your contacts…do it now and you might be able to bag a job before you even need it.
Don’t be afraid to proactivity approach companies that aren’t hiring right now. They could be looking for somebody with your skill set and this would put you ahead of the competition and save the company the cost of the recruitment campaign.
You should also be proactive in chasing leads – that hiring manager who said they’d call you last week but didn’t? Pick up the phone! You don’t want to wait long enough for them to forget you.
There are definite advantages to being one of the first to apply for an available role. Of course, all applications should be considered equally regardless of when they were received, but in practice things don’t always go to plan: campaigns end early, employers find they need someone to start much sooner than anticipated, and other employers interpret a quick response as a mark of enthusiasm. Remember that time is money as well, in any business, so fast, efficient hires are always beneficial.
The reasons for an early application being the factor that helps your chances are not always fair or logical, but they do exist, and in certain cases you can see why that is. For example, recruiters have more time to review applications that come in at the start of the campaign rather than during the first round of interviews. Good recruiters will always do what they can to minimise this kind of bias however.
You can find the latest jobs by following online recruitment job feeds on Twitter or LinkedIn, or subscribing to job boards’ email alerts. No longer will you be forced to craft a thoughtful cover letter and custom CV in the two hours before a deadline!
Staying on the front foot really is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get ahead of the pack. Do you have any other advice to share? Let us know in the comments!