The brutal truth of job searching is this:
If you want to find a job fast, you need to apply a LOT. It doesn’t matter how good your resume is.
Companies post job openings and then change their mind. Or they change the requirements. Or they decide to “hold off” for a month, which turns into three months or forever.
And a million other things can go wrong, with no relation to your skill or how well you perform in the interview.
A couple of months ago I introduced my “Rapid Fire” LinkedIn job search method on the blog.
I got a few emails thanking me, but job searches take time to finish so it wasn’t until this week that I started hearing about RESULTS.
One of the recent ones I received was from a reader named Derek :
After receiving the email I got in touch with Derek to find out more.
LinkedIn sends a confirmation email for each application so we were able to…
A) See how many applications were submitted
B) See how much time was spent applying
Here are the stats from the first day:
Time spent applying on LinkedIn: 50 minutes
Applications submitted: 16
Job offers: 1
Note: He spent 30-40 minutes later in the week and got 2 more interviews that he didn’t end up going on. So if we’re looking at the total effort, it’d be 80-90 minutes for 5 invitations to interview. Not bad!
This is REALLY easy, anyone with a LinkedIn profile can do it!
Step 1: Watch the video above if you haven’t already. It’ll show you exactly how to use my method.
Step 2: LinkedIn slightly updated their user interface so the two buttons I talk about in the video will now look like this. Just make a mental note.
Step 3: Make sure your resume is up-to-date and on your computer ready to go! No cover letter needed!
Step 4: You’re ready to start applying. If there are companies you already have in mind to target, start there. Otherwise do a few keyword searches and don’t forget to narrow it down to your specific city. Try to spend one hour in total the first few days. Before discovering this method I probably spent half that much time on a single application online. For a company that didn’t even get back to me!
What about finding a job through my network? I’ve been told that’s the most effective way.
You’re right. In the original blog post I mentioned that “the only thing I might do before this is contact my own network, friends and colleagues.”
So if you have a connection to a company through a colleague, it’s always better to use that. DO NOT send out a generic LinkedIn application if you have a more personalized method to get in touch with a company.
Don’t I need to tailor my resume? You skipped that.
I’m a big believer in tailoring your resume. It works for sure. But since this method is all about volume and speed, I’d say you just need to tailor it for the general type of job you’re applying for.
So, let’s say you want a software sales job. That’s one resume. If you also want to apply for jobs in software project management, that’s another resume tailored to that type of role. But that’s 2 resumes, not 20.
I wrote this step-by-step guide on how to tailor your resume for any job. You might want to check it out and create what I call a “master copy”.
Isn’t this spam?
Not if you’re qualified for the job! Why does a company care if you applied to many positions within an hour of your time? In fact it’s none of their business. Each company is receiving one single application from you. I don’t see how that can be seen as spam on their end.
What about quality? This seems all about quantity.
You can choose how selective to be and how much time to spend researching each company. My goal is to show you how to find a job fast, and without the stress and frustration. There’s no rule saying you need to apply for each job in 4 minutes or less though. Take your time and do more research for each company if you’d like!
Now leave a comment and tell me if you plan on leveraging the “Rapid Fire” method on LinkedIn. Why or why not?