Going from a job search to landing a job offer in three weeks sounds like an impossible feat, but it is genuinely achievable. All that’s needed is a little planning, focus, and strategic thinking when doing the job search. We’ll explore how you can quickly go from search to a job offer in this article.
There are a few things you need to do BEFORE the search begins:
- Developing a strategy and following it through is critically important. Think about the roles that you want, imagine the type of companies that may offer them, how these companies would typically acquire their candidates. The key is to put yourself in their shoes and try to work out what they’d do.
- Know what you offer, how you’re different to the other candidates and be prepared to present a case, in 30 seconds! You can’t wing this; prepare your case and try various delivery methods to nail your pitch. Your elevator pitch can be very helpful here. Check out our article on ‘3 steps to an amazing elevator pitch’ to come up with your own that will make you stand out from the rest.
- Understand your trade-offs. Remember that you can’t have everything, so be sure to know your priorities, i.e. the non-negotiables, as well as your nice-to-haves. Aim to have only two non-negotiables at any one time. When assessing a role, look only to the non-negotiables. All the other nice-to-haves are of secondary importance, and shouldn’t impact on your decision of whether or not to go for the job. If you look for everything, then you may very well end up with nothing.
What to do DURING the search:
- Be strategically proactive. Most candidates send their applications and then cross their fingers and toes hoping to be shortlisted. Maybe they’ll follow up in a few days time if they haven’t heard back. Be different to the other candidates by calling BEFORE you submit your application. Have a friendly chat with the recruiting manager if possible, ask a few questions and be prepared to share something about yourself that you know will pique their interest (think ‘elevator pitch’). Then let them know to expect your application.
- Be proactive but not desperate. Once you send your application, resist the urge to follow up. One of the questions you should ask on the phone is the expected timeframe within which they’d get back to candidates. Only follow up once this timeframe has elapsed.
- Leverage your recruitment agent, if you’re using one. Firstly get them excited about putting you forward by including them in your strategy, and helping them see how you’re positioned to take on the type of role you want. Remember it is your job, not the recruitment agents’, to understand your key selling points, i.e. what you offer to potential employers. The agents want a quick ‘sell’, nothing excites them more than placing someone in a matter of weeks, so once they’re on your side, you can leverage their relationship with the employer companies to get yourself in front of them.
You need to apply this THROUGHOUT the search:
- You need to be focused on the search process and apply yourself 100% if you want to get quick results. Think of it as short-term pain, long-term gain. Some people do their job search intermittently: search and then take a break, search and then take a break. This start-stop approach prolongs the search unnecessarily, and it wastes a lot of effort. Do it thoroughly and do it fast is the recommended strategy.
- Review and reflect. It’s advised to have a continuous dialogue with yourself on what’s working and what’s not working. Seeking input and feedback from others can also help you continuously improve your job search skills. See our article on ‘how to boost your job search’ for more tips.
Like any well-executed plans, a quick and effective job search involves planning and thinking before the hunt even begins. Once the search starts, it becomes a matter of following through on these plans and monitoring their effectiveness. By following these steps, provided that you can back it up with fantastic interview skills, you’re well on your way to landing a job offer in 3 weeks.
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