As the job hunting game goes, it is sometimes tough to find a job quickly when you really need it or if you are anxious to kick off your career. It’s no secret that many companies have very slow hiring processes, or at least a lot slower than most people would like. Unfortunately, you need to accept the things that cannot be changed, but there are indeed a few tips and tricks that you can expedite on your side to find a job faster. Some of them might be small but can make all the difference in the world. According to statistics, only 35% of applicants that apply for various opportunities are actually qualified for the job specifications and recruiters can pick this up in a timeframe of 5 to 7 seconds of looking at a resume. The following needs to be taken into consideration to get hired fast!
Before you start hunting for the perfect job, you need to take a few minutes and think about your job-search intentions. You need to ask yourself what your career goals are, what you are looking for in a job and of course what you are looking for in a school. Also, don’t apply for a job that you are not qualified for or that you are just taking a shot in the dark at, the disappointment will be far greater and precious time is lost on meaningless ventures.
Before you apply for a job, you need to make sure that your CV is the best of the best. This is the document that is key to getting a company to notice you so you need to let it shine. 76% of CVs are discarded for an unprofessional email address and nearly 50% are rejected because they are of more than two pages. Avoid images, charts, graphics, or funky symbols. Make sure you include keywords in your CV that lines up with the job specification and always make sure you save your CV as a Word document. Yet, export the CV as a PDF when you submit the application so no-one can alter your credentials.
One of the best ways to find a job is to tap into your network. These days a lot is based on who you know more so than what you know. Get busy on LinkedIn, keep an eye on posts and articles and make sure you interact with other professionals. Also, reach out to people you know personally, there is always someone out there who knows of an opportunity! Start using your social media platforms to establish yourself as an authority in teaching. You will start to build an online reputation as being an authority in your field and thus become more attractive to prospective employers.
Job searching is like TikTok, you can spend hours and hours scrolling and you will then find that so many of the jobs are the same. You can easily simplify this process by going onto two or three job sites that are trusted and sign up for daily alerts which will send new jobs straight to your inbox. This will ensure that you only get alerts to jobs that are relevant to you and that you will actually be interested in. Be on the lookout for GoTeach’s own alerts. This development is coming soon.
It is easy to send your CV to countless companies, but it is important to keep track of your applications and ensure that you can easily follow up. Yes, following up is admin, but this can just as well be the make or break in you getting the position or not. You can easily set up an Excel sheet and track your applications this way. Just make sure each line item has a date attached to it. Following up is important but don’t make a nuisance of yourself. Hiring the perfect candidate takes a lot of time.
When the interviews finally start rolling in, make sure that you practice being interviewed. Always be prepared, do your research about the company and set up a list of possible questions that may be asked and prepare your answers. When the time comes for that all-important face-to-face meeting, you will be prepared. Almost 65% of interviewers don’t hire candidates because of the lack of eye contact. Be confident, dress the part and make sure that you are unforgettable! Good luck!