“Hi Kim! How long those it take to get a job?”
Great question, Gabby! I wish there was a magic number I could tell you. But there’s really no definitive answer to this question. It may take days, weeks, even months to find the right-fit job for you.
We are in a competitive market, which means a lot of people may be applying to the same jobs that you are interested in.
So, what can you do to speed up the process? There are a few things.
1) Follow up - Yes, we say this in almost every blog post. But, employers have told us that following up can really make you stand out and get noticed. You just have to make sure that you are following up the right way so you are remembered for showing initiative….not for trying to follow up during rush hour wearing a dirty shirt.
2) Be available - We recently polled our employers and asked them the number one thing they are looking for in a potential employee. We gave them options: education, experience, references and schedule availability. The majority said that an open schedule means more to them than the rest of the options. This is important. While it may be nice to have the weekends off, employers want someone they can rely on to work the hours that not everyone would want. Once you have been there for awhile, you can try to work your way out of the graveyard shift and into hours that work better with your schedule.
3) Triple check everything - The number one thing that can get your application tossed aside is typos. It’s always a good idea to have a friend or family member (that you know has great grammar skills) look over your applications to be sure that everything is in place. I can’t tell you how many times I read something, but when someone else checks it they find something really obvious that I’ve missed. It just makes sense to have another set of eyes look over your job applications.
4) Practice makes perfect - So, you’ve applied with a perfect application, followed up and proven that you have an open schedule and you’ve been called in for an interview. That’s great! But it is not a guarantee that you will get hired. One of the best things you can do for your interview is to prepare yourself for common job interview questions that you may be asked. An interview can be scary, but if you practice your answers beforehand, you will go in with the confidence that you have what it takes to get hired.
Hoped this helped answer your question, Gabby! While there is no concrete time frame on how long it will take to get hired, if you do everything you can to make sure that you stand out for the right reasons, you can speed up the process.
What other tips do you have for Gabby? Leave them below!