You’ve asked yourself the key questions to help determine if it’s time to kick your job to the curb and decided it’s time to switch jobs. Good for you!
What comes next is the ultimate energy zapper of the whole switching jobs process – applying for jobs. *audible groan*
For many people, applying for jobs can be a time-consuming and excruciatingly painful task. Between feeling like you’re not qualified for most jobs, to filling out online applications which require you to reiterate everything that’s already in your resume, to feeling discouraged whenever you get a rejection e-mail, it’s just no fun.
However, I recently discovered a solution that takes all the pain out of searching and applying for jobs and allows you to sit back and wait for recruiters to call.
Nope, I’m not talking about hiring a headhunter or a career coach. I’m referring to something that is so incredibly simple that you will ask yourself why you haven’t done it sooner. I wish I’d known about this simple hack when I was miserable in my corporate job for so many years.
Have you ever thought, I wish someone would apply to these jobs for me!
Well, you can, and you should, because the ultimate job search hack is to hire someone to search and apply to jobs.
A few reasons why you should hire someone to apply for your jobs
1. Tedious job applications make you lose motivation
Applying for jobs is tedious. You have to keep track of what jobs you’ve applied for just in case you’re contacted for an interview. You also must keep track of new postings and make sure that you haven’t applied for them already. It’s easy to lose focus of your goal to find a new job when you’re going through these completely mundane tasks, especially when you’re not getting any callbacks.
You might ask yourself, What’s the point of doing all this when they’re probably not going to call me back anyway?
Trust me; I get it. There were so many times when I wanted to apply for other jobs so I could leave my corporate gig, but never did because the whole process felt so overwhelming at times.
There have been countless occasions when I’d find job postings that I intended to apply for and saved them with the intention of applying in the evening once I got home from work. I’d sit at my computer, coffee mug in hand, ready to submit my resume and fill out the online applications.
After seeing how long it would take me to apply for one job (usually 10-15 minutes), I often just gave up. I would tell myself, I already have a stable job that pays a lot of money. Why on earth am I spending all this time filling out pages upon pages of paperwork when I would much rather just stab myself in the eye?
These frustrations dissolve when you hire someone to apply for your jobs. After all, part of the frustration of receiving a rejection letter is because you spent 30 minutes on the application.
2. It’s difficult finding time
Online job applications, especially for positions at large companies, are time-consuming. I’ve filled out online applications that have taken me over 30 minutes to complete. By the time you hit the submit button, you’re unsure if you’ve applied for a job or if you’ve just written an autobiography. Applying for a new job requires setting aside time to focus on completing these applications. For some, you may have families or other obligations that demand your attention. When you come home from work sitting down for another hour or two to apply for jobs is just not an option.
3. We often limit ourselves when we apply for jobs
How many times have you found a job posting that seemed like your dream job, but once you read the position requirements, you talked yourself out of applying because you didn’t meet all of the qualifications?
You may have possessed 8 out of the 10 of the qualifications, but because you were missing those final two, you convinced yourself not to apply? This is the story of my job search life. I’ve learned that this is a very common sentiment for women to feel like we have to be perfect in order to apply.
“An internal report at Hewlett-Packard revealed that women only apply for open jobs if they think they meet 100 percent of the criteria listed. Men apply if they think they meet 60 percent of the requirements.” – Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In
Ready to hire someone?
Fiverr is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, beginning at the cost of $5 per job performed. I’ve hired several freelancers from Fiverr throughout the years for a variety of services, such as resume and cover letter revisions, graphic design work, and most recently, to hire someone to apply for jobs on my behalf.
TAKE MY MONEY!
I’m someone who strongly believes in outsourcing the parts of our lives which we find unpleasant, especially if it’s something that we suck at doing, and applying for jobs definitely falls into that category. While I wasn’t necessarily looking for a job, I was starting to get antsy about not having a traditional 9 to 5 and wanted to know if I needed to get a job on short notice, I still could. I wanted to know if I still have valuable skills that employers were looking for, so I took the bait.
The freelancer that I hired only needed a few items from me to get started.
I provided him:
- my cover letter and resume
- a list of target companies I was interested in working for
- specific job postings where I wanted to apply
- target job titles to search for in my geographic area
Our agreement was that he’d have 10 days to apply for 50 jobs. At the end of those 10 days, he sent me an Excel spreadsheet that listed out every job application submitted, along with the job post URL. The job posting link was especially beneficial in the event I was contacted by a recruiter to discuss my application. He also created a new Gmail address that he used when submitting my resume so that any email correspondence that I received would go to this specific e-mail box.
Before the 10 days were up, I’d already been contacted by 4 recruiters.
Two of those recruiters worked for contract / consulting firms, and the two remaining recruiters were from large, well-known corporations in the Seattle area that I was interested in working for at some point. One of the recruiters reached out to me based on the freelancer submitting my resume for an Advertising Program Manager position.
This was such an eye-opening experience for me and proved the Hewlett Packard internal report findings in my own life.
Although I’d always had an interest in advertising and marketing, I didn’t have direct experience working in those fields. I would have never applied for the job because I would have told myself I wasn’t qualified enough. Ultimately, that’s up to the employer, not me. This was a perfect example of how my limited thinking was holding me back.
So don’t try to talk yourself out of applying for a job just because you’re not the perfect candidate. If the job sparks your interest and you have some experience working in a business environment, go for it. You never know what might happen. Sometimes general program management or managerial experience is enough to get you in the door.
I received my share of rejection e-mails as well, but guess what? It stings a lot less when you remove yourself from the application process.
Although I was not ready to jump back into the corporate world, I walked away knowing that the job search and subsequent application process didn’t have to cause so much stress and frustration. At work, they always tell you to “work smart, not hard.” Apply that same line of thinking to your job search so that you can land a job that gets you excited again.
Ready to simplify your job search? Check out Fiverr to get started.
Here’s the freelancer who I hired to search and apply for jobs. *Be sure to only choose freelancers with a history on Fiverr and positive ratings! My experience is my own, and may not represent your experience.*
What other tips and tricks do you use to simplify the job search and application process?
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