5 Simple Strategies to Save Time in your Job Search

The Job Search process can be extremely time consuming when considering all of its components.  They say “Finding a Job is a Full-Time Job” and when correctly conducting a job search this certainly has some truth. 

Below is a list of some simple solutions you can incorporate into your search that might help you save some time during the process.

1.       Create Templates
With the evolution of technology and social media there are many methods of networking and applying for jobs and a whole lot of email sending and follow-ups.  It’s a good idea to create templates ahead of time and save them in a folder so you aren’t re-inventing your emails and applications each time.  Some template suggestions include:

·         Email application – some companies require that you send your application to a direct email address.  You will need to have an introductory email that “wows” for them to consider opening your resume attachment
·         Your cover letter – should include components of the job description and show that you researched the organization
·         If you want to make a connection on Linkedin/social media websites – create a template of introducing yourself, talking about your background and why you want to connect
·         Thanking someone for a connection and the next steps of building the relationship
·         Follow-up for your application
·         Sending a thank you email after your interview

2.       Schedule your Day
If you are unemployed, you should wake up each day with an agenda and act as though you have a job to do (because you do).  Wake up early, have your breakfast, get dressed and start your day at 8:30am.  Create an agenda for your day in time blocks and include the following: reviewing your resume, searching job boards for new postings, reviewing job alerts in your inbox, posting updates to social media, scrolling through your news feeds, connecting with your network, meeting with recruiters, modifying your resume and cover letter and actually applying for jobs! Having a schedule is going to play an important part of organizing and saving time in your job search.  Searching for a job and not receiving immediate results can cause negative emotions – keep working at it.  Another great idea is to create quantitative goals for yourself for the day so you feel accomplished at the end of the day.

3.       Use Recruiters
Some people may make arguments about using Recruitment Firms however many recruiters have relationships with employers and have earned trust over time.  Recruitment Firms also have access to “hidden” jobs that haven’t been advertised to the general public.  By applying to postings and building a rapport with agencies, you are saving time in your search as they are acting on behalf of multiple employers.  There are many agencies and firms that are Industry Specific (focus on Accounting, Engineering, etc.).  Try and connect and meet with Recruiters that are in your Industry for added chances of landing a position.

4.       Let Employers Find You
Use online tools to switch gears in your job search.  It can be daunting putting resumes out there and not receiving a response, so try something new. 
Sign up for job alerts that are offered on many employment websites (emails that are delivered to your inbox each day regarding new openings). 
Ensure your resume is posted on various websites and is visible to these employers.  Many recruiters use resume databases to search candidates that fit the requirements of what they are looking for.  Most websites will refresh your resume to the top of the list each time you login or modify your resume so ensure you are actively using your account. 
Keep your Linkedin profile updated regularly.  Use keywords, like and comment on content and publish your own content to ensure you are appearing in searches. 

5.       Using Social Media Groups & News Feeds
Firstly, ensure you have social media profiles on the main platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & Linkedin).  Employers are now using social media as a tool to not only find candidates but to also research candidates that they are considering for interviews.  Ensure your profile is as professional as possible and the proper security features are in place.
All Social Media Platforms: Follow companies that you want to work for, recruitment firms as well as job search websites such as www.TorontoJobs.ca.  This will allow any postings they share on their corporate pages to show up in your news feed.
Twitter: Twitter allows you to search by # (keyword).  If you enter “Toronto Jobs” “Mississauga Jobs” or other search parameters, many companies use this as a tool to post their current openings.   
Linkedin: Once you have an up-to-date Linkedin profile that highlights your accomplishments, following groups that pertain to finding jobs, that list job openings, and that pertain to your industry is a great idea.  Once you are a member, you can use the group to make new connections, post relevant content and see active job openings. 

As you can see, conducting a proper job search can easily take up 8 hours a day.  I entice you to try some of the tips mentioned above to try and save you some time and be more effective in your job search.

A great place to start is by posting your resume, searching jobs and creating job alerts on www.TorontoJobs.ca ;)

This article was written by Rachel Mitchell, Manager of Business Development for TorontoJobs.ca. Rachel has been Developing Business & Marketing Plans and Strategies within the Recruitment Landscape for 10 years. To contact Rachel, please email rachel.mitchell@torontojobs.ca or visit us online at www.TorontoJobs.ca.