Don't waste time. Job search smarter.

When you're balancing a cray schedule filled with responsibilities, school or another job, it can be hard to find a lot of time to spend on your job search. Fortunately, I've got some shortcuts to help you manage your time wisely and focus on areas that'll have the most impact.

Let technology do the work for you.

The truth is, you shouldn't spend a lot of your time trying to hunt down the perfect job. Instead get an idea of the jobs you're interested in and let technology do the searching for you. Make the jobs come to you by signing up for email alerts or download the Snagajob app (iOS or Android) to get personalized Daily Job Matches. Instead of scrolling through Instagram in your downtime, scroll through job openings and save them for later.

Follow up and stand out with quality applications.

You should plan to spend at least half of your job search time filling out applications and following up with employers. Take the extra time to check your application for errors before submitting it. Focusing your time here can shorten how long it takes to get hired. Trust me, it'll pay off. Typos are a major turnoff to employers.

Some of the best advice I can give you is to follow up on your applications. Seriously, it'll really help you stand out. So call, email or follow up in person because job seekers who follow up are much more likely to get interviews.

Research, practice, nail your interview.

Once your interview is scheduled plan to spend some quality time researching the company and practicing your interview skills. Another good use of your time is to team up with someone and practice with a mock interview. Once you determine which interview questions trip you up, you can focus on perfecting those.

So, if you had one hour to spend on your job search today, would you know how to spend it wisely? The answer: heck yes (thanks to these tips)!


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