Timothy is a writer and video content creator. He enjoys helping others learn to improve their lives and shape better futures.
Searching for a job can be one of the most frustrating, time-consuming, and disappointing tasks you will ever have to undertake.
Days and days of filling out applications, emailing resumes, and making phone calls—all to no avail—can leave you feeling down, discouraged, and unappreciated.
I can still remember the feeling I used to get in my stomach every morning when I woke up jobless, knowing that I had to spend another day looking for, and probably not finding, employment.
Over the years (I used to go through jobs right and left in my younger days) I developed some strategies that helped me find new jobs quickly and with less effort.
I'm sharing these job seeking tips today in hopes that it can save some of you from those sleepless nights and depressing days that unemployment brings with it.
1. Temporary Agencies
Temporary or staffing agencies have a bad reputation with a lot of people these days and I personally feel it's undeserved. Many people who have never used a temp agency have bad things to say about them, solely based on rumors they have heard from others.
I'm here to let you know that when it comes to finding a job quickly, temp agencies are your best friend!
Who else knows more about who is hiring at any given time in your town or city?
Who else are in close contact with dozens of potential employers on a daily basis?
Staffing agencies know who is hiring, who companies are looking to hire, and they can expedite the process of getting you hired.
I can remember one occasion when I was out of work and I called up the local temporary agency. They had me come right in for the application and interview process, which took less than an hour, and I was out working the very next day.
And it wasn't a bad job. It was in the distribution warehouse for a major upscale retailer, it was a daily Monday-Friday job, and it lasted for several months.
In fact, I stayed at that same job until I found other employment. So I was out of work for a grand total of one day before I found another job, and this was all thanks to the local temp agency.
I've worked for temporary and staffing agencies on other occasions as well and I have always had good results. In a couple of instances, the jobs they set me up with ended up being permanent jobs.
So I highly recommend that anyone looking for a job check out all the local temporary, staffing, and even day-labor agencies soon after you find yourself unemployed, or even the very same day.
2. Be Proactive: Go to the Jobs!
When looking for a job most people sit around on the internet reading job classifieds and filling out applications based on companies that have posted 'now hiring' advertisements.
The problem with this strategy is that you are competing for the same jobs as everyone else who is unemployed because they are looking in the same places for work as you.
If you want to break free from the crowd and land a new job quickly, you want to get in contact with potential employers before they place their help-wanted advertisements.
I know this goes against everything you've ever been taught about looking for work. But trust me, this one secret here will land you a job much quicker than you will by skimming through the newspaper classifieds for weeks on end.
But how do you know who's hiring if they haven't hung a help wanted sign in the window or posted an ad?
The trick is to think about what companies and industries might be hiring at a particular moment that you are unemployed.
For example, if it's approaching the end of the year, lots of companies will be hiring seasonal workers to help them during the busy holiday season. Take the initiative and go to these stores and businesses and ask about working for them. If you are one of the first people to apply you will most likely be one of the first people hired.
You can also think about any businesses in your area that have a high turnover rate. These would include jobs that might be physically demanding or have hours that most people don't want to work. Companies that have jobs like these available are always looking to fill their empty positions with fresh meat. They may not be the ideal job you are looking for but it's better than no job at all.
You also will want to check out any businesses that are in your line of work, or that you have experience in. Lots of companies have openings that they need to fill but either don't advertise them publicly or just haven't gotten around to posting the ads. An experienced worker who can start almost immediately, appearing suddenly, inquiring about work, will seem like a godsend to a hiring manager.
So instead of sitting at home staring at a computer screen get out and hit the streets. Make a goal to visit 10 to 20 (or more) different businesses each and every day.
Ask to speak to a manager or the owner and then let them know what experience you have and what kind of work you are looking for. If possible fill out an application right then and there and leave a copy of your resume. At the very least leave your contact information or get the contact information from someone there who is in charge of hiring.
That way they can call you in the future if any jobs open up or you can call them periodically to check on any new openings. Even if you don't land a job on the initial attempt, you will be able to build up a file of contacts that might be helpful in the future.
This method isn't easy, and it takes a lot of guts to show up at dozens of businesses and ask for a job. But it does pay off. I have used this method in the past with great success.
In one instance I was told to come back for an interview the next day and started work the day after that. All because I took the initiative to go into a business and ask for a job instead of waiting for them to post the job.
3. Take Advantage of Your Social Media Networks
Social media has become a part of our lives in this day and age. Hardly a day goes by without us logging into our favorite social media platform(s) and seeing what's going on with our friends, family, and co-workers.
But social media isn't just for reading status updates and posting vacation pictures. You can also use social media as a powerful tool for getting a job.
Whether you realize it or not you are building up a network every time you friend someone on social media. These are people that, in most cases, know you and the type of person that you are. Who better to turn to when you are looking for a job?
As I mentioned earlier many available positions in the job market are unlisted. If you put out a post letting your whole social media network know that you are looking for a job, they might be able to steer you in the direction of some jobs that you would have never found out about otherwise.
I know it can be kind of embarrassing to tell, what seems like, the whole world that you are currently unemployed. But if being open and honest with your friends and family on social media helps you get a new job, then it's definitely worth it.
And like the other methods mentioned I know this one works because I've used it in the past:
I once talked about looking for work in several of my videos on Youtube. I wasn't even talking about it in hopes of getting any kind of help from my viewers, I was just sharing the facts. But a few weeks later I got a message from a company that was starting a new online venture and wanted to see if I would like to be a part of it.
It was a part-time gig but the pay was enough to just cover my bills each month. This worked out great because I was able to continue to look for a job in the mornings and work for them in the evenings. I stayed at that job until I found new employment offline.
So be sure to take advantage of social media when you are job hunting. You never know who might see your post, tweet, or video and be able to help you out.
Searching for a new job doesn't have to be an ongoing nightmare. If you use the three tips listed above, you should be able to find a new job quickly (hopefully in less than two weeks) and be back collecting those big paychecks in no time!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Michael Duncan from Germany on November 30, 2017:
Good points there. Thanks for sharing.