So, you’ve woken up and realised that your current job lacks the sense of fulfilment and inspiration you crave or leaves you feeling unchallenged or short of cash or you don’t have a job a need one - fast!

Job hunting in today's market is challenging enough but finding yourself needing to change quickly or without a job in these tough times can be both worrying and stressful. To avoid the bills continuing to accumulate, you need to take decisive and immediate action.

Help is at hand! Here are some proven methods that will allow you to locate a new position in the shortest time possible. Being armed with a few simple techniques will help make job hunting a more structured and manageable endeavour with a more realistic chance of getting securing that ideal job sooner.

Before you start your search – get your CV right!

The first and vitally important step in your job search is to make sure your CV is both up to date and presents you in the best possible light.

As a company that processes over 250,000 CV’s a month, it never ceases to surprise us how many people rely on poorly written CV’s. The opportunity this presents, is that if you take the time and care to make sure your CV and covering letter or email are right up to date, well written and well presented, you WILL stand out from the crowd!

It is SO important that your CV, whether a word or PDF document or on online CV (such as the Jobzooma Profile), is completely up to date and gives the right impression so it’s worth spending the time to get it right. Consider all your past job experience, education and background information even if it may seem insignificant. Check out our recent blog post "Writing The Perfect CV" to find out how to improve your CV.

The importance of a good covering letter

Never under estimate the vital role a good covering letter or email can play in your job search. In some circumstances it can do more to get you in the door than your CV because it can reflect your personality far more than a CV can.

Make your covering email or letter stand out. Try to strike a balance between being assertive and eagar but avoid sounding over keen or desperate. Avoid using typical ‘job application’ terms.

Below is a great example of a covering email sent to the CEO of a major UK retailer which achieved the desired results. The sender had decided they wanted to work for this particular retailer and landed the job they wanted. It was direct, without being impolite and reflected an ambitious, forward thinking job seeker.

You might also want to work closely with a CV Service to create and present your best image. It can be money well spent to help you make sure your CV gets to the top of the pile.

Don’t just search in the obvious places

By far the biggest and most plentiful source of vacancies are the job boards. A good place to start - but it’s by no means the only source and the major job boards are where everybody goes so it’s also where the competition is toughest.

Consider other sources. You might also consider re-evaluating your personal situation and consider other locations, salary, training requirements as well as the position desired. Keep an open mind about potential jobs that may be outside of your comfort zone. Your perfect job could be out there but you may not even have thought of it yet. Be prepared to think about other sources of possible vacancies

For starters, you can use your own network. Spread the word among friends and family. If you know someone who knows someone it can often shorten the recruitment process. Depending on how discreet you want to be, you can also post on social media that you’re on the look out.

You can also take a more proactive approach and contact the companies or organisations that you want to work for. Find out who the right person is and send them a compelling and carefully worded email or letter making clear your desire to work for the company.

Look for more niche job boards such as trade bodies, sector networks and professional association websites, many of which have their own career and jobs pages.

And don’t forget the classifieds. They still exist and can throw up some great opportunities.

What to Expect

Being persistent and keeping a positive outlook will increase your chances of success. Landing a job in the shortest time possible can be challenging but by setting realistic goals, being as flexible and adaptable as possible and being persistent will increase your chances of landing a quick placement.

The more irons you put in the fire, the better your chances of success.

Follow all potential leads and respond quickly to any calls or notices that you receive.

Be well prepared once you've landed an interview. Be flexible about times for an interview and be prepared to move diary items to squeeze one in.

Before you actually meet your potential employer, find out everything that you can about the company and the interviewer if possible. Avoid turning up for an interview knowing nothing about the company. It’s even worth calling the company to ask questions before the interview. It shows initiative and diligence. Be ready, even pre-prepared, to ask pertinent questions about their business. Also, be prepared to respond honestly to items listed on your CV.

Even if you think the job is wrong for you, stay confident and positive as, if they like you, they may refer you to another position.

So, to summarise . . .

Securing a job in the shortest time possible requires a concerted effort, a positive attitude and planning.

How you present yourself both on paper and in person plays a vital role in quickly landing a job.

Leave no stone unturned in your search for the right job.

Whether you have recently found yourself unemployed or you're simply looking for a more challenging position, following a few proven techniques will make the job search successful.

Good luck.

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