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How to Find a Job in as Little as 14 Days

by Lynne MacDonald

There may be times when you need to find a job quickly. Perhaps your current employer is downsizing and laying you off or the company's gone into liquidation. You can find a job in as little as 14 days, but it takes serious commitment. Begin by clearing your schedule and dedicating yourself to full-time job hunting.

Day One

The first step in your job search is to review your existing resume. Add any new posts, projects, experience or qualifications that employers will find relevant. Save your resume in an easily edited format. Revise your resume before you send it in response to any job advertisement. This allows you to highlight the key skills required by the prospective employer. Carefully construct a cover letter that emphasizes those skills to accompany your resume.

Days Two to Four

If you want to secure a new job quickly, find out who's hiring. Prospective employers may advertise in the local, national or trade press. Alternatively, they may post vacancies on job boards online or hire recruitment agencies to find candidates. In order to uncover as many vacancies as possible, search all of these places. Sign up with as many recruitment agencies as possible to widen your options. Recruitment agencies usually don't charge applicants to register. Get the word out through your existing networks that you're looking for a new job. People you know may be aware of vacancies not yet advertised. Also, send your resume on a speculative basis to targeted companies.

Days Five to Nine

Be ready to go on interviews on short notice. This includes having an appropriate outfit that's clean and ready to wear. The interview panel makes judgments about you from the moment you walk in the room. If you're well dressed, you project a professional image. When invited to interview, conduct research on the company before you go. Read its website and any recent online news articles. Discuss in advance the interview structure. Find out if you'll face aptitude tests, an assessment center or behavioral questions during the interview.

Days 10 to 13

Follow up with the relevant hiring manager after you've submitted a resume or attended an interview. This will help to keep your details in the forefront. You can check by calling or writing -- whichever method suits you best. When you contact the company, be polite and courteous to everyone you speak with. Try to strike a balance between being keen to work there and being desperate for employment.

Day 14

By day 14, you should at least be in the running for a job that fits your skill set. Even if you haven't sealed the deal by this stage, you'll have kick-started your job search. Be resilient while job hunting; rejections may come along the way. Make contact with companies that reject your applications to find out where to improve. Listen to the feedback they provide with an open mind and adjust future applications to make them stronger.

About the Author

Lynne MacDonald has experience in the fields of human resource management, training, organizational development and law. MacDonald received a law degree from the University of Dundee in 1990 and holds diplomas in personnel management and legal practice. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

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