When you spend a portion of every day job hunting and responding to ads, it can get a little time consuming. Fortunately, there are ways to streamline your job search so that you can finish marketing and get to work on client assignments a little more quickly. These are some shortcuts I used to take when I was marketing on a daily basis - and since I'm gearing up to start marketing more regularly again, things I am currently getting into place again.
Here are a few ways to make your job search faster.
- Bookmark your favorite job boards and go through the list every day. I used to have a short list of my favorite freelance job boards, and I would check each one on a daily basis for new job postings. Typically I go through the job postings quickly, opening each new one into a background tab, and when I am done searching, I can get to work on responding to each one.
- Have not just your resume, but also your cover letter ready to go. I like to have a cover letter template with some boilerplate that I can tweak as needed. I just copy and paste it into the email or web form as I apply, and then tailor it for the specific position. It makes applying a lot faster to have the basics already written.
- Have a list of go-to writing samples. Some job postings will ask for specific writing samples, and they don't want just a link to your portfolio. Be ready with a curated list of writing samples that demonstrate a variety of skills, subjects, and writing styles, so that you always have an appropriate clip on hand when asked..
- Don't wait. I used to fly through the easier applications, but I would put off any that required a little more work. Unfortunately, I probably missed out that way, as the client had often already chosen someone by the time I responded. Learn from my mistakes and try not to wait too long. Freelance job posters are often inundated with responses, so you need yours to either really stand out, or get to them before they get too overwhelmed by the flood.