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How To Save Time Jobhunting As A Busy Mum

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Jobhunting can be a full time job in itself. If you’ve got young kids and you’re already working, you may find that you rarely have time to look for a new job. But that doesn’t mean that you should give up jobhunting. By making use of a few time-saving hacks, you can make the jobhunting process more manageable. Below are just a few examples of ways to save time when jobhunting. 

Create a master resume

Applying to different roles and companies may involve submitting different resumes in order to highlight different experiences and skills. Having to write a new resume each time can be very time-consuming. A way to reduce time is to write a long and detailed ‘master resume’ which contains all of your work experience, personal achievements and skills. Every time you apply to a company and need to submit a resume, you can then simply create a copy of your master resume and delete any information that isn’t relevant. 

Get help from AI

You can now use AI to write a resume for you. You simply enter a few bits of key information, and an AI tool does the rest for you. This could include professionally formatting your resume and even adding graphics to make it more snazzy. Of course, you should always proofread your resume before submitting it – while modern AI writing tools are able to do a great job of ‘appearing human’ they can still make mistakes. You will also still need to manually enter some information.

Get help from an agency

Agencies can help assist your job search in many different ways. Firstly, they can help you to write a winning resume. They can then alert you by calling/emailing you when a relevant vacancy comes up. This prevents you from having to constantly trawl job boards each day looking for a specific role. You’ll find many niche agencies online that cater to specific industries such as library recruitment agencies and music teacher recruitment agencies. Signing up to these agencies can ensure that you’ll only be alerted of vacancies that are truly catered to your taste. 

Set up automatic job board alerts

Many job boards can automatically send you alerts of job postings via email. All you have to do is enter a keyword and a location – any jobs available in that location that use that specific keyword in their advert will then be emailed to you. With the likes of Indeed, you can even limit how frequently you get sent job alerts. 

Enquire about video interviews

More companies are starting to offer interviews via video call – especially for remote jobs. Such interviews are often much easier to work around a busy schedule because you don’t have to spend time travelling anywhere. It’s therefore worth enquiring as to whether a video interview is an option. Of course, you do need to make sure that you’re comfortable using this technology for an interview and that there aren’t too many interruptions at home. Check out this guide to Zoom interviews for a few tips on how to make your interview a success. 

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