Searching for a Job? Get the Most from Your Efforts

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Use templates when contacting potential employers. A lot of employers are looking for the same information. Examples of your work, your relevant experience, etc. will all virtually be the same.

By creating an email template that you use to provide this information, you will save time on drafting completely new emails each time you reach out to an employer. Just make sure you edit the template to match the needs of whomever you are reaching out to.

Your template should include a space for you to address the hiring manager by name, a section stating the job posting you are referencing, a list of relevant skills you have, and samples of your work. Save the template so sending out multiple applications in a row is easy.

Searching for a job is a breeze, right? Not so much. Even in a field with a lower unemployment rate, like information technology, it still takes a lot of time-consuming work to find a job. You have to fine-tune your resume, network, search for jobs and interview. Then you have wait to hear back, all while doing it all over again and again. According to Heather Huhman, writing for, on average, it can take employers more than 26 working days to fill a job opening, leaving you in job limbo for weeks on end.

So what can you do to make the process a little less painful and a little more efficient? In this slideshow, Huhman has identified five steps that can further aid your job search, especially if you're short on time.


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