The job search can be a long process, from researching jobs to applying, to the interview process, there is a lot that goes into landing a job. Even when you’re doing everything right, employers can take a while sorting through resumes, getting the proper info needed to move on, and go through multiple interviews before making a decision. If you play your cards right, you can expedite the process.

Below are some job search strategies that can help speed up the process.

Don’t wait: Apply as soon as possible when you see a job posting. It’s better to apply sooner than later so you up your chances of getting your resume seen. There are more job seekers than ever, so you have to work harder to get yourself out there.

Don’t give up: Be persistent when it comes to your job search. Landing a job can take awhile which can lead to feeling discouraged, but don’t! If you are consistent with your job search and apply to opportunities regularly, something will give. Go on as many interviews as possible and make the decision that best fits your career goals. Your determination will pay off in the end.

Introduce yourself to appropriate parties: Connect with hiring managers. Do some research to find the name and email of the ones in charge of hiring and send a note to them. Use this time to practice your elevator sales pitch and get your name in front of them before sending your resume.

Respond ASAP: Communication is key but showing reliability is important. Follow up in a timely manner.

Have a go-to cover letter: Put together a cover letter you can use when applying for jobs. This is where you dive into what experience you really have and show the potential employers your rock-star skills and the relevance to the job you’re inquiring about. The cover letter is the chance to show your personality before landing an interview.

Network effectively: It’s not bad to rely on others to get in front of the hiring managers. If someone can help you, take full advantage of that opportunity to connect with the ones in charge. Be prepared to pass out contact info, throw out an elevator pitch, and any other relevant information needed to get in front of the right people.  

Have a portfolio or website ready: Depending on what field you’re in, you’ll want to have an extra little something ready to give hiring managers. This way, they can see your creativity, previous work and get to know your background.

The idea is to build up your character and provide relevant information that will help the hiring managers make their decision.

Use a professional looking headshot: It’s all about personal branding and using a headshot that shows who you are is a great way to introduce yourself. Add it on your social media accounts so hiring managers can see who they’re dealing with. You don’t have to have a professional photographer to get a good shot, but make sure it looks professional enough that hiring managers will be interested in reaching out.

Follow up: No matter what the outcome, always follow up. Thank people for taking the time to speak with you, for the consideration and request they keep you in mind for future openings.

Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to reach out to recruiters for help, they can be your biggest window of opportunity and will give you insight into opportunities you might not have considered.

The job search can be a waiting game, but if you follow these tips, you should be able to speed up the process and land your ideal job sooner!