Job searching is hard. Sometimes you find a great job immediately and sometimes it can take a while. Plus, you're busy and it can be difficult to devote all of your time to a job search.
At Care.com, we want to help you find a match as quickly as possible. Here are eight secrets we've picked up along the way about how to use Care.com to find a job fast.
Need more advice? Read up on the 14 Ways to Get Families to Respond to You on Care.com »
Apply to Less Jobs
Yes, you read that right! Believe it or not, you may be applying to too many jobs. It's not always about how many jobs you apply to, but if they're the right jobs for you. Think quality, not quantity.
Pay attention to Care.com's job alert emails, but take the time to run specific searches to narrow your focus and sort opportunities by categories, such as distance, experience, relevance, name, membership length, city and age. Apply only to the jobs that are a good match for your experience.
Then use the time you save to craft individualized messages about why you're a good fit for each job, and follow up if you don't hear anything back.
Write Personalized Responses
It's definitely fast to cut and paste a quick response to a posting, telling the family or company that you're interested and they should check out your great profile. But these generic applications are often a waste of time and probably won't get you the job.
Take a few minutes to say why you want this position and why you would be the perfect person to care of their child, pet, house, older family member, etc. You don't have to tell a family or company your life story -- and you shouldn't. Write a few brief sentences about why you are excited about this specific job, how it relates to your previous experience and why you're a good fit. Then suggest they check out your profile.
Update Your Profile
Members with new or updated profiles usually appear at the top of the page when families or companies are searching for candidates. Commit to updating your profile every few days. You'll jump in the results and get viewed quicker by families and companies.
Add new information to your profile that sets you apart from other candidates. Have you picked up any new hobbies, read any new interesting child care books, learned a great cleaning secret or signed up to run a 5K? Be creative. This additional information will give a family or company a more complete picture of who you really are and why you might be perfect for them.
Add the Right Photos
The photo is one of the most important elements in a profile. If you don't have one already, ask someone to take a conservative headshot of you. The results will be worth it.
Then add up to five additional photos that continue to tell your story and your personality. Families are looking for someone who will fit in with their family's values, personalities and interests, and a variety of interesting images will help.
Want more advice on what photos to include or having problems uploading photos? Check out this article on Is Your Profile Picture Hurting Your Job Search? »
Change Those Photos
Updating your profile pictures regularly can help you get a job faster. When people see a new face, they assume it's a new profile and may click on your name again. More clicks mean an increased chance of finding a job.
Increase Your Availability
Another important area of your profile is the "Availability" section. Take a hard look at it. Is it up-to-date? If you really need a job ASAP, can you add more days or hours that you're free to work? The more open you are, the more jobs you'll fit and the faster you may get hired.
Did you sign up to be a backup care provider? In your profile under the availability section, select yes when you're asked: "Are you available for last minute care?" Then when families unexpectedly need last-minute care you will get a notification. Who knows? A one-time job may lead to a full-time position.
Families want someone with a complete background check because it saves them the time and trouble of getting one for a potential employee. If you don't have a background check listed on your profile, you may not even make the first round of choices.
For more information, check out our Background Checks Guide »
Promote Your Profile
Now get the word out to your network that you're ready and willing to work. Share your profile on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Email it to friends, family, former co-workers, your first-grade teacher, etc. Anyone you can think of! You never know who is looking for care.
The big secret to getting hired fast is being detail-oriented. You need a job now, but don't rush into applying for everything immediately. Figure out what type of job you're best suited for, make sure your profile is detailed and up-to-date and take the time to craft individualized applications to the jobs that fit your expertise. Then spend some time each day on Care.com and you'll finally find that perfect job.