Ask Vicki: What's the best and quickest way to find a job?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi tells you how to get hired—fast.
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Q. What's the best and quickest way to find a job?
A. Let’s break this down into two completely separate categories. The best way to find a job is to stay focused and determined. Persevere. Get organized. Network a lot and ask your contacts to introduce you to their contacts. Apply online to jobs as soon as they become available. Set up job alerts on Monster so opportunities land in your inbox—this is by far one of the most efficient job search tools to utilize. Follow up with leads. Constantly improve—as you interview, evaluate yourself after the fact without berating yourself. Simply tweak answers for the next time.
As for the quickest way to find a job, job alerts will certainly help, but so many factors are out of your control when it comes to timing. As a former corporate recruiter, I often had hiring managers who were eager for candidates to start as soon as possible, but if someone in leadership was delayed in responding to approvals, or if there was a temporary hiring freeze for the quarter, we had to wait.
That said, one of the quickest ways to find a job (not a career, but a job) is to pick up seasonal work. For instance, if it’s October, stores need to fill retail jobs for the holiday season. Employers are often pressured to quickly bring workers onboard because these jobs are time-sensitive. Take advantage!
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