How to Get a New Job Fast

Tips for Getting a New Job Quickly

Looking for a new job? Here's advice on how to get a job lined up quickly, including how to find job listings, the best job sites to use, how to search and apply for jobs in-person and online, how to ace an interview, who to use for references, and more tips on how to get hired for a new job fast.

Tips and Advice for Finding a New Job Quickly

Get Organized Before You Start

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Before you start your job search, it's important to take the time to get organized. The more organized you are, the easier it will be conduct a productive - and quick - job search. Review these top 10 tips for organizing a job search. More

Write Resumes and Cover Letters

When you're applying for jobs, many employers will require a resume and a cover letter. It's a good idea to have your resume written and a draft of a cover letter prepared before you start your job hunt.

Review tips for writing resumes and letters that will help you get an interview, plus samples to get ideas for your application materials.


Get References Lined Up

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It's important to have a list of professional references lined up before you start applying for jobs, in addition to employment references, that you can provide to employers. If you don't have much work experience, consider using personal references as an alternative. Here's information on who and how to ask for a reference. More

Find Job Listings

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The first step to getting a new job is to know where to look for job listings to get a list of jobs you would like to apply for.  There are websites you can use to search for jobs in the location you want to work, using keywords to find a specific type of job opening.

Here are some of the best job sites to use, and tips for searching for jobs that are a good match for your experience and qualifications.


Apply for Jobs

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How you apply for jobs depends on the type of position you are seeking, and how the company accepts applications. You may be able to apply online or email your job application.

In other cases, especially for part-time, hospitality, and retail positions, you can apply in person. Here's information on the best ways to apply for jobs.


Fill Out a Job Application

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Even if you apply with a resume, you may need to submit a job application. Here's everything you need to know to complete a job application, including paper job applications, online, and employer direct applications.  Also review job application samples, examples, and forms.


Get Ready for a Job Interview

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Are you ready to go on a job interview? It's much less stressful if you take the time to prepare in advance. Research the company before you go for the interview, dress appropriately, practice answering and asking interview questions, and make an effort to impress the interviewer with your skills, experience, and confidence.  Here's how to get set to interview.


Follow Up After the Interview

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Following up after a job interview can help you get hired. It's important to follow up after an interview by thanking everyone you met with. Send your follow up communications right away, reiterate your interest in the position and remind the hiring manager why you're an excellent candidate for the job. Here's how to follow up after an interview.


Accept (or Decline) a Job Offer

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When you receive a job offer, it's important to take the time to carefully evaluate the offer so you are making an educated decision to accept, or to reject, the offer. You don't have to accept a job just because it was offered to you, but do carefully evaluate it and if you decline, do so politely.

Take the time to carefully review the offer, consider whether to make a counter offer - or not, and don't forget to check out the benefit and perks.