4 Time Saving Job Search Tips for 2020 

Key Points:

  • MatchBuilt welcomes Marla Holdread, a career strategist, leadership coach, and the founder of Shift Career & Leadership Coaching with 4 time-saving job search tips.
  • The shortlist of sound, time-saving job search tips that will help you fine-tune your strategy include making yourself an obvious fit, not limiting yourself to online applications, and remembering the handwritten thank you.

4 Time Saving Job Search Tips for 2020

In today’s internet world, information is available to us at the click of a button (some of which completely contradicts other advice you will find). All of this information can easily become overwhelming.  Which, is probably the exact opposite outcome you’re looking for when you go sleuthing for genuinely useful counsel in the first place.

Let’s boil things down to a shortlist of sound, timeless job searching tips that will help you fine-tune your strategy and cut out some of the unnecessary time and frustration.

1.  Make Yourself a “Smack-in-the-Forehead” Obvious Fit

When you apply for a job via an online application process, it’s very likely that your resume will first be screened by an applicant tracking system and then, (assuming you make this first cut), move onto human eyeballs. The first human eyeballs that review your resume are often those of a lower level HR person or recruiter, who may or may not understand all of the nuances of that job for which you’re applying.

Pro Tip: Mirror Words in the Job Description

Study the job description and any available information you have on the position. Are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description?  Are you showcasing your strengths in the areas that seem to be of paramount importance to this role? Tailor your resume to fit the role and job description you are applying for.

2.  Don’t Limit Yourself to Online Applications

Do you want your job search to last and last?  Well, then continue to rely solely on submitting online applications.  Would you prefer to accelerate your confidential job search?  Then, don’t stop once you apply online for that position.  Find and connect to people who work at that company of interest. Schedule informational interviews with would-be peers.  Approach an internal recruiter and ask a few questions. Get on the radar of the very people who might influence you getting an interview.

Pro Tip: Get to Know People in Target Company

By lining up with people on the inside of the companies at which you want to work, you will instantly set yourself apart. Decision-makers interview career conscious people who come recommended or by way of a personal referral before they start sorting through the blob of resumes that arrives by way of the ATS.

3.  Remember That Your Resume Is Not a Tattoo

If your resume and LinkedIn profile don’t position you as a direct match for the role you are applying for, don’t be afraid to modify wording, switch around key terms, and swap bullet points in and out.  Your resume is not a tattoo, nor is your LinkedIn profile. Treat them as living, breathing documents throughout your job search.

Pro Tip: Turn Off Activity Broadcasts

If you’re a covert job seeker, remember to turn off your activity broadcasts (within privacy and settings) when you make edits to your LinkedIn profile. If your current boss or colleagues are connected to you on LinkedIn, they may get suspicious about all the frequent changes.

4.  Thank You Matters

In today’s world of texting and instant messaging, a thoughtful thank you note will often seal the deal.  If you are competing against other candidates of your caliber, delivering a thank you note sends the message that you are willing to go the extra mile for the position.

Pro Tip: Craft a Genuine Thank You Note

Consider crafting, original, genuine thank you notes (one for each interviewer) the moment you get back to a computer, following the interview. The speed with which you send the notes, and the quality, will make an impact. And finally, remember that the interviewer cares much more about what you can do for them than what you want out of the deal. Certainly, they’re going to care a bunch about what you want once you establish your worth. But during the interview, you must demonstrate why you make business sense to hire, period.

Looking for More Time Saving Job Search Tips?  At Matchbuilt, we pride ourselves in supporting and providing helpful resources for our clients and candidates during the interview process.  For more information on nailing your next interview, check out the latest job interview tips about evidence-based recruiting practices, preparing for a Skype or Zoon interview, and tips for your LinkedIn profile.  If and when you do leave your current role, try to leave without burning bridges.

You may also be interested in this great video below with 8 additional tips to assist with your job search.


Marla Holdread is a career strategist, leadership coach, and Founder of Shift Career & Leadership Coaching.  Based in Indianapolis, IN, Marla provides career and leadership coaching to business owners, executives, and emerging leaders who want to become unstuck, uncover blind spots, and ultimately reach their full career potential.

For more information, visit www.shift-careercoaching.com, or send her an email at marla@shift-careercoaching.com.


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