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Seven Last Minute Saves for your Job Search

Depending on your job search situation you may not have forever to find a job. There are bills to be paid, meals to eat, and besides a never-ending job search can be bad for both your physical and mental health. So in order to help kickstart your job search into high, fast gear, here are seven last ditch ideas, with help from U.S. News and World Report’s Marty Nemko, to try and get you a job tomorrow.

7. Get on social media and connect, connect, connect. Reach out to those last few folks you haven’t connected with and make sure you’re following up with everyone to whom you’ve reached out. Crunch time is not the time to get shy.

6. Work harder. You may feel you’re exhausting yourself already, but if you really want to get a job on a time crunch, you may have to push you and your job search to the limits. Make it a game even, but get yourself out there more than you ever have.

5. Update your social media profiles. Make sure your Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, whatever you use are up-to-date and reflect who you truly want out there. Otherwise, it will be hard for potential employers to know who you are.

4. Take control of your job search. Sometimes we let our job search slip away from us, waiting for people to respond, hoping that dream job comes up, when what we really need to be doing is taking the bull by the horns and controlling our job searches rather than vice versa.

3. Take a risk. Playing it safe won’t get you very far at the last minute. Maybe if you have time, you can play it safe, but with your back against the wall you’ll likely have to be bold in order to get noticed.

2. Retweet the people you want to hire you. Nothing gets your name in front of people quicker than social media. It’s a safer way to get noticed, and it’ll boost your social media profile in the process. One note: don’t look desperate. Retweet and connect occasionally, not obsessively.

1. Offer up a free trial. Obviously you need a job now–and an income too–but if the clock is ticking down to zero you may need to seek out desperate measures, like doing a little work for free. Tell a potential employer you are willing to take on a project as a trial to show off your skills.

If you’ve got time to spare, these may not be necessary steps for you to take in your job search. However, if you’re looking for quick tips to get a job fast, these seven ideas are sure to spark your job in a hurry.

Have you ever had to job search on a time crunch? Tell us about it below.

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Jen Schiller

Jen works as a Marketing Project Manager for a restaurant, a kitchen assistant for cooking classes, helps with database management, does some freelance writing, and more. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Government & Politics in 2011. Currently, she resides in the Washington, D.C. area and is an avid sports fan.

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