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How can I speed up my job hunt? Tips and tricks

With these tips, you’ll be a job hunting machine

It’s no secret that right now is a great time to be a job hunter in New Zealand. While businesses are mainly opening up following the COVID-19 lockdowns, there are still significant shortages of employees due to over two years of closed borders.

In the meantime, the NZ economy has been remarkably resilient, which means that there are lots of job vacancies currently. In fact, right now ,the number of listings on Trade Me Jobs is currently 25% higher than it was last year. And good news, many employers are currently willing to pay higher salaries than previously in order to attract top talent to their organisations.

So, with all of this opportunity, how can you speed up your job hunting process while still making sure that your application is top notch? Here’s our advice.

Job hunting tips: how to speed up your process

1. Use filters and keywords

Perhaps the most time consuming element of job hunting is finding the right opportunities in the first place. One way you can get to the most suitable job listings quickly is by making sure you’re taking full advantage of filters, and using the right keywords.

For example, on the Trade Me Jobs search page, you can filter by a whole range of factors, including:

  • Job category
  • Location (including districts in larger centres)
  • Contract type (full-time, part-time, contract/temp)
  • Pay type (annual vs. hourly)
  • Salary range

You can now even select to only see work from home jobs, if flexible working arrangements are top of your list, as they are for many Kiwis right now.

Keywords are also important to further narrow down the search results you’re looking for. For example, rather than searching “teacher”, search “teacher highschool” to save scrolling through listings that aren’t what you’re looking for.

You can select 'work from home' as a filter when searching for roles on Trade Me Jobs.

2. Create and maintain a job hunter profile

Passive job hunting can speed up your application process immensely. Job hunter profiles, such as a free Trade Me Jobs profile allow employers and recruiters to find and approach you to see if you’re interested in the role they’re seeking to fill.

Of course, your profile needs to be up-to-date with all of your skills, experiences and interests so that employers and recruiters can judge their role is something you’d be suitable for. Like you, they’ll search for candidates using keywords, so if your profile isn’t comprehensive, you risk missing out.

For help in creating a great Trade Me Jobs profile, check out our step-by-step guide.

3. Use templates

One area where it’s tricky to cut corners is writing your CV and cover letter. These absolutely have to be personalised to each role you apply for. However, our advice here is to create a template that you can easily adapt by adding or removing sections depending on the skills and experience you want to highlight in each application.

This is usually easier for your CV, as this will change less between different applications, and we’ve created a selection of CV templates you can download and personalise for your own use.

You can use our free CV templates to speed up your job application process.

4. Don’t neglect your network

An engaged network can be an invaluable asset when it comes to speeding up your job hunting process. Examples of how your network can help include:

  • Notifying you of upcoming opportunities: it could be that one of your contacts knows that someone is resigning from a position before the company lists an advert to find a new hire. This can give you a window to get ahead of the game and start working on your CV and cover letter so you can be ready to apply promptly.
  • Recommending your for roles: even better, someone in your network might be willing to recommend you to the hiring manager if they think you’d nail the position. Companies generally love it when they get a recommendation from an existing staff member, as they have more confidence that this person will fit into the culture and be a great team member. Your contact will likely also be keen to do this, as many organisations offer hiring rewards if a recommended applicant is successful.
  • Advice on your application: another way your network can assist is by reading over your CV or cover letter, and suggesting tweaks you can make to ensure you’re covering off the stuff the company really wants to see.

5. Sign up to a recruitment agency

When you’re hunting for a job, there’s nothing better than having a recruitment professional in your corner. You’re effectively doubling your search power, and also getting the expert advice of someone who lives and breathes job hunting on a day-to-day basis.

Working with a recruiter has heaps of benefits from greater reach and high quality job matches to careers advice and future opportunities. You just need to hold up your end of the bargain by being prompt in responding to questions and opportunities from the recruiter, and putting your all into the interviews they set up.
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