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Infographic: 8 Ways to Fast-Track Your Job Search

Who wouldn't want to fast-track their job hunt? From focusing your search to staying positive, there's a lot you can do to land the right offer in no time.

When you’re entering the workforce out of college, there’s no denying that you’re stepping into a competitive world. Other recent graduates in your field are vying for the same jobs as you, so it can be tough to stand out. That’s why any tips that can fast-track your job search are worth considering.

A look at today’s job market

According to Harvard Business Review, a minority of students will jump right into a career after college, while most will have a hard time launching. Many factors influence this, but one general principle is that students who have clear direction in college tend to be students who have clear direction after they graduate. If you’re still in school, now is the time to be thinking about the job market. Take at least one internship, and get real-world experiences to add to your résumé. These decisions will help you in your post-graduation life.

What companies are looking for you?

Despite the competitiveness of today’s workforce, there is good news. A large number of employers are looking to hire recent graduates annually—more now than in years past. So, when you’re nearing graduation, research companies in your area of study. If you find employers who are looking for candidates like you, you’ll know where to focus your applications for better results. If you’re interested in learning more about the best ways to prepare for an upcoming job search, take a look at the accompanying checklist. From focusing your search to staying positive, there’s a lot you can do to land the right offer.

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Eight ways to fast-track your job search

Here are eight easy ways to speed things up and improve your chances of landing that ever-elusive job offer.

  • 1. Focus on applying for particular job opportunities. Rather than rush blindly sending your résumé for every job posting you see, key in on specific opportunities or companies.
  • 2. Only apply for relevant opportunities. Don’t waste time applying for jobs you don’t really want or for which you aren’t fully qualified. That time could be spent perfecting your applications for more suitable opportunities.
  • 3. Conduct in-depth research on potential employers. Before going to an interview, thoroughly research the company’s history, mission statement, culture, and more to ensure you’re fully informed.
  • 4. Present yourself well. This includes sending out a well-proofed résumé, dressing professionally for job interviews, and maintaining a professional reputation online.
  • 5. Network, network, network. Building a strong professional network takes a lot of time and effort, but networking is a great resource for job seekers who are having trouble finding work on their own.
  • 6. Demonstrate genuine interest. You should demonstrate your interest in a potential position in every interaction you have with the hiring manager or recruiter.
  • 7. Don’t forget to follow up. Always follow up after a job interview or after sending a job application for a position you’re passionate about. This Is another great way to show your interest in the opportunity.
  • 8. Maintain a positive attitude. Keeping a positive attitude is critically important for a successful job search. Don’t lose hope of finding your dream job, no matter how bleak things may seem.

Related: 9 Essential Job Search Resources for College Students

When the job market is bad for applicants, it can feel like you’ve been applying to jobs for months even when it’s only been a few days. You want to expedite applications as best and as fast as you can, and there are ways you can do this without risking your sanity. Use this infographic to help you fast-track the process. And trust us—eventually the right job will come along, and you’ll get the position and be on the way to a rewarding career.

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